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April 23, 2008 - If there is one thing that says online poker is here to stay, no matter what certain people in the U.S. Congress feebly try, it's the Poker Players' Alliance. Membership for the online association just reached the one-millionth mark, which is indicative of a growth record that is not going to be subsiding any time soon.

With a name like Poker Players' Alliance, you might think the association has considerable interest in land-based poker playing. However, the main goal of the PPA has and will continue to be the legalization of online poker in the U.S. And so far, the PPA is doing pretty good job at getting their message heard.

Ever since the UIGEA was first passed, the PPA has signed up hundreds of thousands of new members. One of the reasons in this spike of new sign-ups (which is still a good reason to sign up if you haven't already done so), is because the more people there are supporting the cause of online gambling regulation in an organized fashion, the more U.S. politicians will be willing to listen.

While the PPA certainly does support the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act, they are more concerned with legalizing online poker rooms than they are online casinos. According to Chairman, Alphonse D'Amato, by seeking a carve out under the current law (which both sports betting and lotteries receive), the legalization of online poker stands a better chance.

Even though overturning provisions of the UIGEA is a more drastic measure, many people believe it is actually more feasible considering many of the laughable provisions of the UIGEA still to be enforced. Take the recent House hearings on the IGREA, during which financial institutions and IT experts overwhelmingly expressed a lack of confidence in the UIGEA.

Still, the PPA is in support of full online gambling liberalization to include the regulation of online casino gambling. Following the above mentioned House hearing, the PPA sent out thousands of emails to members of Congress in order to get the wave of opposition going. They are also planning to set up shop at the World Series of Poker this July in Las Vegas, encouraging poker fans to join the ranks of the PPA, register to vote and send emails to their Congressional representatives.

Originally published: April, 2008 | Categories: Online Poker

 

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