9/11/2006

09-11-06 - 4

If you play poker and for some reason didn't get this :

The U.S. Senate is Seeking to Ban Online Poker
PPA Phone March on Capitol Hill Scheduled for Sept. 12

Dear PPA Member: 

Your urgent action is needed! On September 12th the Poker Players Alliance with the support of leading poker blogs and forums, PocketFives.com, Wicked Chops Poker and others are organizing a �Phone March" on Capitol Hill. From 9:00 AM Eastern Time, until 5:30 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 12th, we are asking all PPA members and anyone interested in defending poker to call this toll free number, 800-289-1136 and be patched through to one of your two U.S. Senators in Washington D.C. When you call the 800 number you will hear a recording from fellow PPA member Greg �Fossilman" Raymer and then you will be prompted to enter your five digit zip code so you can be directed, free of charge, to your Senator�s office. 

Note: The 800 number will only be active between 9:00 AM EST and 5:30 PM EST on Tuesday September 12.

Key points you should make:

* I am 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, like lotteries.
* Prohibitions don�t work. Any legislation that tries to ban online poker will only drive those players underground.
* Again, I urge the Senator to oppose any attempts to prohibit me from playing the great American game of poker on the Internet.

The threat to poker is real. Please forward this information to everyone you know who cares about poker and an American�s freedom to use the Internet. We need everyone possible to make their voice heard on September 12th!

Sincerely,

Michael Bolcerek
President
Poker Players Alliance 


For those of you who don't care about poker, you should still be sickened by this effort. It's primarily the Republicans who are trying to crack down on online poker + sports books. However, they have no problem with regular casinos, horse racing, online horse wagering, online lotteries, or Indian casinos. Why don't they have a problem with those? Because those sectors are huge campaign donators to Republicans. Of course Abramoff and Ralph Reed are some of the most public/awful examples, but those sectors have been huge donors for a long time, buying casino rights and making sure the laws were friendly. Now, those sectors are worried the online boom is stealing their business, so they get their friends in DC to help. The politicians also see it as a way to take a "moral stand" on an issue that not many people care about, just like all the grandstanding about violence in video games or burning the flag or gay marriage and other pointless posing which can rile up the moral crazies in attempt to get voters out. Our fucking government makes me so sick.

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