PPA hands out grades to congressional reps


Interested in seeing if your congressional representative has been naughty or nice when it comes to legalizing poker?

The Poker Players Alliance has launched a Congressional Ratings Guide, which offers a comprehensive list of grades for every member of the U.S. House and Senate based on their position on poker.

The grades are based on how the representatives voted on various bills that either hurt or helped poker. Each representative is given a grade from A+ to F-. Members of Congress for whom a position could not be determined are noted with a question mark.

The PPA Congressional Rating Guide is searchable by state and zip code. Users can also automatically send an email to their member of Congress directly from the guide to voice their support for poker.

"Since 2006 the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has been the advocate for the poker community in Washington, D.C.," said PPA chairman Alfonse D'Amato. "During this time the PPA has met with nearly every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to educate them about poker, describe why it is a game of skill and promote licensing and regulation of Internet poker."

In most cases grades are based on cosponsorship of bills, congressional letters of support, public statements and private meetings with the PPA and their members.

"We have come a long way since the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was signed into law on Oct. 13, 2006," explained D'Amato.

"In just two short years, the voices of poker players and the collective efforts of the PPA have effectively highlighted the failings of UIGEA and promoted internet freedom. Further, we have significant allies in Congress. I am proud to tell you that during this past legislative session there were nine, let me repeat NINE, pro Internet gaming bills introduced!"

D'Amato went on to say it's a remarkable change from the days when poker players were fighting off legislative efforts to ban the national pastime.

You can check out the congressional poker rating guide by going to the PPA's Web site at www.pokerplayersalliance.org.

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