|Florida Congressman Robert Wexler has again stressed the importance this week of US voters contacting their representatives in support of his Bill to legalise online poker.|
Wexler's Bill, House of Representatives (HR) 2610 or The Skill Game Protection Act, seeks an exception or 'carve out' for online poker as a game of skill that US players should be permitted to enjoy over the Internet. ‘Carve outs’ currently exist for online gambling sectors such as horse racing, fantasy sports and lotteries on the Internet and the Skill Game Protection Act seeks to add poker to that list.
'What I think most Americans don't appreciate, letters do matter to members of Congress,' said Wexler. 'Emails do matter, form letters, personal letters do matter, telephone calls do matter. There has been an article or two about this issue. There was an article in the Wall Street Journal, there have been articles on others and it is just anecdotal. But I got a bigger response from just being in one line in an article about a poker issue than I have in just about any other issue I've been involved in, in my twelve years in Congress.'
Wexler re-emphasised the importance of voters contacting political representatives and letting them know their opinions. He stated that voters should let their representatives know that they are aware of the current law, which was passed in October by a Republican-controlled Congress, and tell them that they do not agree with this current legislation.
'When you boil it down to its very bottom line, which is 'I can't play poker on the Internet', that will have a big impact,' said Wexler. 'There will be some people that say, ‘You know, the Internet is the venue of the 21st Century for everything. So, the idea that we would prohibit poker and other games of skill, is not only just counterproductive, it's antiquated’.”