In America, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has gone on the offensive in the wake of the special report by 60 Minutes and The Washington Post newspaper by publishing advertisements in several newspapers calling for the Federal regulation of online poker.
The Washington, DC-based grassroots poker advocacy group has over one million members and placed the adverts in last week’s issues of The Hill, The Politico and Roll Call. Entitled 'It’s Time For Some Straight Talk', the full-page advertisements call on Congress to enact considered regulation of online poker in order to protect consumers, oversee the burgeoning industry and collect billions in tax revenues.
“In a story last week about online poker, The Washington Post debated the merits of Prohibition vs. Regulation,” read the advert.
“That’s an easy one. Sensible Federal regulation is the only way to protect the millions of Americans who play Internet poker every day. We can't guarantee every online company will play by the rules. But we're certain good laws will deter and punish those that don't.
'For too long, the Federal government has abdicated this responsibility. It wrongly believes censoring the Internet and prohibition will work.
'This does nothing to protect consumers. What it does is limit our personal freedoms and drives players underground or overseas. Worse, billions of dollars that could be raised from regulation are lost. And in this economy, every nickel counts.
'Fortunately, Congress is working to pass legislation that will punish bad actors, guard against player fraud, protect children and help problem gamblers.
“On behalf of our million members, the Poker Players Alliance calls on our Congressional leaders to support these efforts and preserve a national pastime.
'No matter how you cut the deck, regulation is the answer.”