Let's tell Congress to pass federal legislation licensing online poker!
  • Petitioned Rep. John Shimkus

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Illinois-19
Rep. John Shimkus
California-26
Rep. Julia Brownley
California-22
Rep. Devin Nunes
Kentucky-04
Rep. Thomas Massie
Michigan-06
Rep. Fred Upton
Michigan-08
Rep. Mike Rogers
Ohio-12
Rep. Pat Tiberi
Pennsylvania-09
Rep. Bill Shuster
Virginia-07
Rep. Eric Cantor
Oklahoma-04
Rep. Tom Cole
California-45
Rep. John Campbell
New York-19
Rep. Chris Gibson

Let's tell Congress to 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 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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    • Rick OConnell FORT MYERS BEACH, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      Poker is America's pastime. My 95 year old mother loves to play! Poker is a game of skill, much like golf!

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    • Sandra Lefler HENDERSON, NV
      • over 1 year ago

      freedom

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    • Travis Smith BRYAN, TX
      • over 1 year ago

      I love to play poker! Online poker allows for smaller stakes which means it requires less money to enjoy the game than it does when playing live poker. Also, if we want to participate in a game with our own money we should be free to do so.

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    • Tom Paxson FT MYERS, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      don't need govornment telling me anything that I can or can not do.

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    • Troy Lusk CAPE CORAL, FL
      • over 1 year ago

      License the game and stay out of people's homes.

      Use common sense and allow licensed games to move forward. If the FOP, Louis Freeh and Tom Ridge agree with licensing, I believe this legislation deserves another look!

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