The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is staging a march on Washington D.C. via the phone lines during which poker players will be calling their senators to express their views on an online gambling ban Sept. 12. Players will be able to call a toll free number that will then patch them through to the office of one of their state's senators.
"The threat to poker is real," said Michael Bolcerek, the PPA president, in a letter to members. "We need everyone possible to make their voice heard on Sept. 12."
Members of the PPA or anyone interested in defending the freedom to play poker online can call 800-289-1136 between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. When they call the number, participants will hear a recording from Greg Raymer and then be prompted to enter their zip code so the call can be automatically directed to the correct senator's office.
The calls are free of charge and can be made via this system during allotted hours on Sept. 12.
The PPA is a grassroots organization that was formed to promote and protect the game of poker in the United States. They're currently working to educate people about the legislation that threatens online poker play as well as work in Washington D.C. to sway legislators not to pass H.R. 4411, the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act.
H.R. 4411 has already been passed by the House of Representatives and is now awaiting a vote in the Senate.
The PPA suggests that people who participate in the phone march should make the following points:
- I am a voter in your state.
- I strongly oppose any legislation that would prohibit online poker and urge the senator to vote against such legislation.
- Poker is a skill game enjoyed by 70 million Americans.
- The senator should seek to regulate online poker much like the government regulates other forms of gaming.
- Prohibition doesn't work. Any legislation that tries to ban online poker will only drive those players underground.
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