APCW takes UIGEA fight to YouTube

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The Association of Players, Casinos and Webmasters made headlines this week by posting a video on YouTube criticizing the U.S. government and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

The two-minute video starts by showing scenes of poverty and war and tells the viewer that governments do little or nothing to stop those conditions. The video goes on to talk about why it's valuable to fight the online gambling ban. It mentions that the APCW's fight is about stopping government laws that are passed in secret and the general deterioration of personal freedoms.

The video ends by asking, "Why do we fight?" and then answering, "Because the only other option is... not to." It fades to black and then encourages viewers to join the fight at a www.apcw.org. The video currently has over 12,000 views.

The short video was produced by APCW Administrator J. Todd who is also the host of a YouTube video series called Perspectives Weekly. Perspectives Weekly covers online, and offline, gambling and the laws related to it. The show usually garners 3,000 to 4,000 views every week. APCW also has a print magazine that counts its readership in the thousands.

According to its Web site the APCW is an online group dedicated to players' advocacy and players' rights. The group started in 2003 and began by testing software, auditing casinos and advocating fair play.

The site also states that in the past the APCW has partnered with groups like the Poker Players Alliance, iGaming Business and the Interactive Gaming Council.

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