In America, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has praised Democrat Senator Robert Menendez for introducing the Internet Skill Game Licensing and Control Act, which would establish a legal framework to license and regulate online poker.
The PPA is a Washington, DC-based grassroots poker advocacy group with more than one million members across the US. It released a statement commending the New Jersey legislator for launching his proposal, also called Senate 3616, that would, if passed, establish a licensing and regulatory framework to exercise control and oversight for Internet poker and other games of skill.
'This action by Senator Menendez is yet another example that prohibitions on Internet gambling and specifically poker will not work to protect consumers,' said former Senator Alfonse D’Amato, Chairman for the PPA.
'The PPA has long advocated for thoughtful and effective licensing and regulation of online poker as a means to protect vulnerable communities such as children and compulsive gamblers and provide appropriate controls to thwart consumer fraud and abuse. Senator Menendez's legislation is the right vehicle to achieve those goals.'
The Internet Skill Game Licensing and Control Act would amend current laws to ‘provide for the licensing of Internet skill game facilities’. It defines an online skill game as ‘an Internet-based game that uses simulated cards, dice or tiles in which success is predominantly determined by the skill of the players, including poker, bridge and mahjong’.
'On behalf of the members of the PPA and online poker players nationwide, I would like to thank Senator Menendez on his leadership on this important issue,” said D’Amato.
“We look forward to working with him and his Senate colleagues to enact this sound public policy.”