The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) will soon introduce a bill to Congress that would see online poker exempt from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
In an official statement released Tueday, PPA president Michael Bolcerek argued that poker should be treated as a skill game and thus excluded from the recently passed legislation.
"Poker should be exempt under the new law and that exemption is our primary goal. I have spent a good portion of January in Washington, D.C., meeting with lawmakers and others to get support for legislation that would provide a 'skill game' exemption for poker," said Bolcerek in an article on the PPA's home page.
"We hope to have a bill introduced very soon and then bring to bear the voice of more than 135,000 members of the PPA to push Congress to do the right thing. This would be a very positive development for the game. For the past year, we have been on the defensive, but now is the time to go on the offensive and get a bill introduced."
The PPA won't, however, be satisfied with the exemption of online poker from the UIGEA. According to Bolcerek, the organization is also working to secure the future of online poker in the United States.
"While we are working toward the short-term goal of a poker exemption, the PPA will also be laying the foundation for the eventual U.S. regulation of online poker."
"This is the only proven public policy for online gaming. Licensing, regulating, and taxing online poker is technically feasible and the sensible and fiscally responsible thing to do. We will be working with others in Washington to move Congress in this direction," said Bolcerek.
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