Let's tell Congress to act soon and pass federal legislation licensing online poker!
  • Petitioned Rep. Julia Brownley

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Rep. Julia Brownley
Rep. Fred Upton
Rep. Eric Cantor
Sen. Jeff Flake
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Sen. Harry Reid
Rep. John Boehner
Rep. John Campbell

Let's tell Congress to act soon and pass federal legislation licensing online poker!

    1. Rich Muny
    2. Petition by

      Rich Muny

      Union, KY

Rather than seeking to ban online poker in the U.S., our elected officials should instead seek to license the game. Adults should have the right to play poker in their own homes on their own computers if they so choose.

Appropriate regulation of online poker will put the U.S. in charge of safeguarding responsible adult players, preventing underage participation and protecting those with excessive gaming habits. The current, unregulated U.S. marketplace does not guarantee a single consumer protection.

With the recent Justice Department determination that the Wire Act applies to sports betting only (and not to person-to-person games of skill like poker or even to house banked casino-style games of chance), it is time for Congress to revisit this issue.

HR 2366, Rep. Barton’s (R-TX) Online Poker Act, is pending in the House. This bill takes the right approach. It provides revenue for the federal deficit and creates new jobs -- without raising taxes. It also mandates strong consumer protection and effective age verification. U.S.-based horse race wagering sites have proven that online betting sites can successfully implement these protections.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 9,000 signatures
    2. New article by Jon Ralston

      Rich Muny
      Petition Organizer

      This Las Vegas Sun article illustrates the need for some urgency:

      The Department of Justice changed the playing field on Dec. 23 by reversing its long-held position that the 1961 Wire Act banned all online gaming — the new interpretation only prohibits sports betting on the Internet. Without any federal governor, that opened up two new frontiers. One was for lotteries to expand their presence onto the web; the other allowed states to authorize intrastate Internet gaming, and, perhaps, form compacts with other states.

      It doesn’t take Bill Gates to realize what this could mean. Like the Internet itself, web gaming is an unstoppable phenomenon that will eventually be accessed by tens of millions of people in the U.S. It’s not a matter of if, but when......

      more at http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2012/mar/04/clear-and-present-danger-nevadas-economy/

    3. Reached 4,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Traci Tucker JENKS, OK
      • over 2 years ago

      I think online gaming should be licensed and regulated!

    • Patricia Thomason OLD TOWN, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      I have been playing poker all my life (I'm 76) and I enjoy it immensely. It has never harmed me in any way. Why are you congress people trying to protect me? I can protect myself. And so can MOST other Americans. Don't make new laws because of the FEW.

    • John Mowad MONTPELIER, VT
      • over 2 years ago

      Personal Freedom!

    • Jeff Johnson LAFAYETTE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      No one in goverment should have the right to tell me that I can't come home from work and play a $10 poker tournament.

    • Cameron Somsky INDEPENDENCE, MO
      • over 2 years ago



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