In America, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has condemned Canada’s Kahnawake online gambling licensing authority, citing its reluctance to work with the million-member group in ensuring that its members are protected.
“The PPA is the political and public policy voice for poker players in America,” read a statement issued on Tuesday by former Senator Alfonse D’Amato, Chairman for the PPA.
“Central to our mission are advocacy efforts in Washington DC and around the country to protect poker players from misguided and vague laws and to establish licensed and regulated Internet poker in the US. To be clear, the PPA is not a regulatory body for poker players or the poker industry, nor do we seek to be. We are, however, compelled to speak out when our public policy mission is potentially undermined by actions, which present Internet poker in a negative light.
“Trust is paramount in poker. Sadly, this foundation has been undercut by admissions from two well-known online poker companies, Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet, that cheating has occurred on their poker sites.
“The PPA condemns any and all cheating in poker no matter the forum in which it is played. Because of the current legal uncertainties and the lack of Federal regulation and oversight, it is especially troubling when cheating occurs in online poker. This has created an untenable atmosphere and has denied the proper means to investigate allegations, administer due process and then apply appropriate penalties for the wrongdoers.
“We urge these companies and their regulating authority, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, to provide a full and transparent accounting of these breaches of the public trust to help lift the black cloud that has been placed over the industry.
“The recent cheating scandals underscore the need for US licensing and regulation of online poker to help protect consumers. While even the most highly regulated industries are susceptible to fraud and abuse, regulation does provide assurances that when consumers are harmed they have recourse. Further, it is abundantly clear that regulation will also address other consumer concerns by successfully providing ways to bar access by children to gambling websites and providing the necessary services for problem gamblers.”