The Poker Players Alliance launched an advocacy campaign last week to promote online poker. The campaign has been gaining traction as the PPA is calling for support for Joe Barton’s bill.
The Poker Player’s Alliance has made it clear that players have no intention of giving up the battle to legalize online poker. However, they want to make ensure a bill passes that is in the best interest of all parties. A number of bills have been proposed, but Joe Barton’s bill appears to promise the most and may stand the best chance of making it through Congress.
Barton has called for legislature that would create a universal standard for all states choosing to legalize online gaming. Barton said that it is now more important than ever that lawmakers create a universal standard for all clients.
Barton and his supporters may face a number of challenges as they try to get this legislation through Congress. However, the odds have improved drastically since the Justice Department suddenly shifted its opinion on online gaming legislation six months after Barton introduced his bill.
PPA director John Pappas agrees with Barton’s position. He said that it is crucial the government creates a national standard. Pappas said he finds a number of beneficial aspects of Barton’s bill which include:
- A specific framework to define how online poker licenses would be issued.
- Distinguishing online poker from other forms of online gaming.
- Specify that states are under no obligation to participate in online gaming legislation.
Pappas and other PPA members state that more than 10 million people have been playing through unregulated online gaming sites overseas. They believe that passing Barton’s bill will make help ensure that a number of these people are going to be able to play through United States gaming sites, thereby keeping revenues in the U.S. Also, it could encourage thousands of United States citizens to return home after moving to Canada, Mexico or Europe to continue their online poker careers.
Barton’s bill has the support of 29 co-sponsors. However, his bill is still struggling to make its way through the House. Harry Reid and two other Congress members are working on drafts of their own bills.