New organization plans to educate, rally American poker players

Philip Ittleson, executive producer of the poker documentary "No Limit," recently founded to help educate and band together the millions of poker players in the United States in an effort to defeat legislation that would ban online gambling, including poker.

"The whole Internet gaming ban is a joke. Poker players aren't terrorists - let's get out priorities straight," Ittleson said, "The biggest crime is that we aren't regulating and taxing it."

In order to combat the legislation, Ittleson and his some of his poker playing friends set up the organization with the goal of raising a volunteer "army" to educate the estimated 70 million poker players in America about what's going on in Congress and to get their help in defending the game and poker players' rights.

According to the organization's Web site, they want players to band together to help defeat H.R. 4411, the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act, as well as the legislators who are supporting it.

"We need to send a clear message to Washington, 'get your priorities straight, stop wasting time and tax dollars on frivolous legislation. American poker players are 70 million strong and we are outraged - we are not criminals,'" says the site.

Several ways poker players can get involved and help are mentioned on the site, and vary from spreading the word at local card rooms and casinos to becoming a part of the email campaign to Senators to wearing the organizations t-shirts and other pro-poker logos.

"It is utterly ridiculous that online poker is under assault," said Lucie Jourdan, a Los Angeles songstress who was recruited as's spokesperson. "Why not address important issues like the current chaos in the Middle East, global warming, Gulf Coast revitalization … When put into perspective it sickens me that Washington is wasting valuable time and our hard earned tax dollars on this frivolous bill."

To learn more about the organization or to sign-up, visit

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