The Poker Player’s Alliance, PPA has become aware of some last minute attempts by the current administration to finalize a number of acts at the last minute before the this administration leaves office. On this list is the UIGEA, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. If you are unfamiliar with this act, it is the one that was passed on a last minute ploy in 2006 in the hopes that no one would notice the attempt to outlaw online poker. PPA ferreted out the intent of this act then, and has found the attempt to finalize it now. We, as online poker players, need to make our voices heard on this subject.
Here is a direct quote from the PPA newsletter:
“Just one week after a historic election the Poker Players Alliance is pitted in a fight to keep anti-Internet poker regulations from being enacted and we NEED YOUR HELP!
The current Administration is hastily finalizing a number of “midnight rules” before they leave office and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) is on the list. See the 11/06 story in Dow Jones. Just like UIGEA was snuck into legislation in the dark of night in 2006, our opponents are again trying an 11th hour sneak job. We need you to help us expose and stop this reckless rulemaking.
Please call the U.S. Federal Reserve and tell them not to approve the UIGEA regulations — Consumer Complaints, 888-851-1920 or Public Affairs, 202-452-2955.
The federal agencies responsible for our nation’s economy should not be focused on Internet poker regulations.
Finalization of the UIGEA rules will add additional burdens on our already crippled financial systems.
Internet poker is a game of skill and form of recreation for millions of Americans; it should be exempted from the UIGEA.
Please do not finalize the UIGEA regulations until their impact on our banking systems and average Americans has been fully studied.
As you can see, it is important that online players stand up for our rights whenever they are in jeopardy. I urge you to follow the PPA’s advice and call the toll-free number to speak out on this subject.
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