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Petitioning Representative John Shimkus and 11 others
This petition will be delivered to:
Representative
John Shimkus
Representative
Julia Brownley
Representative
Devin Nunes
Representative
Thomas Massie
Representative
Fred Upton
Representative
Mike Rogers 2
Representative
Pat Tiberi
Representative
Bill Shuster
Representative
Eric Cantor
Representative
Tom Cole
Representative
John Campbell
Representative
Chris Gibson

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

6,159
Supporters

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 December 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.

The National Fraternal Order of Police recently sent House and Senate leaders a letter urging Congress to pass legislation to license and regulate online poker. With this action, they joined former FBI Director Louis Freeh and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge in seeking common-sense action to address this very important 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.

Thank you for your consideration.


Letter to
Representative John Shimkus
Representative Julia Brownley
Representative Devin Nunes
and 9 others
Representative Thomas Massie
Representative Fred Upton
Representative Mike Rogers 2
Representative Pat Tiberi
Representative Bill Shuster
Representative Eric Cantor
Representative Tom Cole
Representative John Campbell
Representative Chris Gibson
I just signed the following petition. I urge you to take action on this important issue..

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It is Time for Congress to Pass Legislation to License Online Poker!

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 December 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.

The National Fraternal Order of Police recently sent House and Senate leaders a letter urging Congress to pass legislation to license and regulate online poker. With this action, they joined former FBI Director Louis Freeh and former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge in seeking common-sense action to address this very important 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.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Sincerely,