The poker community has been told that the congressional action regarding the reversal of the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) will happen very soon. This has been confirmed by both Congressmen Barney Frank and Jim Mc Dermott when they spoke about introducing the bills. On top of that, this week, showed in a clearer way how soon this action will take place.
Chief of staff for Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) Mike DeCesare, told Card Player earlier on his week: “I expect that we will introduce the legislation in 2-3 weeks. Like last session, we will introduce after [Congressman Barney Frank’s legislation]”.
Having fought for the taxation and regulation of online poker in the past, McDermott is best remembered in the H.R. 6501 bill he introduced last year. This bill was meant to use the income from the regulation of Internet gambling onto new opportunities and job training for past foster care part-takers.
Also at the heart of the fight for online poker is Frank (D-MA). Having previously introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007, this bill also never made it to the House floor for the vote. In fact, this would have revoked the UIGEA.
An assistant for Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) spoke to Reuters last month about how the online poker players and fans could wait and see changes very soon. A spokesman said in February, “The bill introduction should happen in the next month,” “Mr. Frank will bring back legislation to repeal the UIGEA.”
During the SAFE Port Act in 2006, the UIGEA was passed as a last-minute attachment. The legislation does not criminalize the playing of online poker in the United States, but it severely looks down on the industry because it makes it illegal for credit-card companies, payment processors, such as PayPal and the banks to make transfers of funds from such customers to the online casinos, and vice versa.
2005 saw the founding of The Poker Togel Singapore Players Alliance, which is out there to protect the rights of poker players. This non-profit organization has been particularly pro-active in the past months in its dispute against the UIGEA. Last January, the PPA Chairman Alfonse D’Amato forwarded the case for a regulation in an article for the Congressional magazine Roll Call, and he called in with Card Player last month to discuss further the PPA’s future.
Greg Raymer, former World Champ and a patent lawyer as well as member of the PPA Board of Directors, was also involved in this political trail defending the game. Raymer attended the Conservative Political Action Conference during the end of February on behalf of the PPA, and since then he has been seen on Fox Business News to explain why he and most people are pro the regulation of online poker.