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Showing posts with label 15 Month Blackout. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 15 Month Blackout. Show all posts

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Poker Player’s Alliance Message from John Pappas

Last night (Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011) John Pappas sent out a message about online poker legislation. The first half was another lame attempt to justify their support for the Harry Reid legislation even though it included a 15 month freeze on all online poker while licensing, etc. was taking place.

My position is that even if you believe that the 15 month freeze won’t turn into a 20 month freeze or a forever-until-there-is-replacement-legislation freeze it is too brutal for those that make their living either playing or supporting online poker.  This is not a small number of people and includes yours truly so yes I do have a bias (just as the PPA should!).

There is no legitimate reason for ANY freeze in online poker during the enactment of this sort of legislation.  In fact the lack of a freeze during the enactment would be incentive for the state and federal govt. to speed the licensing process so they can start to receive tax and licensing revenue sooner. 

Other provisions of current legislation restrict people to playing against online people in their own country (or in the case of a recent California bill their own state)—this is also ridiculous—The United States has a great opportunity to license and regulate brands of online poker on our shores that would have a heretofore unknown level of integrity that would and should attract players from around the world.  And Yes I just said heretofore.

Please continue to put pressure on the PPA to reject ANY freeze on online poker in future legislation.  And to follow the rest of their stated plans for 2011 internet regulation:

During this Congress, the PPA will seek to improve key aspects of the draft bill, including:

  1. eliminate/reduce the playing freeze
  2. eliminate/reduce the restriction on global player pools
  3. increase the number of automatically opted in states
  4. establish favorable tax treatment for online players
  5. ensure that legislation does not unfairly discriminate against companies who currently serve the U.S. market.  

Friday, December 10, 2010

In General I Like the PPA but COME ON…

Yesterday the Poker Players Alliance www.theppa.org sent out an email talking about the chances that a poker licensing bill or “legalization” bill would pass during the lame duck session of congress.  One bill that is attracting a lot of attention on the www.twoplustwo.com forums is by Senator Reid (a known opponent of online gambling).  In it he includes a 15 month blackout period which means that all the major online poker rooms would be forbidden from servicing the United States for 15 months.  Yes, not a great deal if you depend on online poker for your income!

The PPA said this:

Let me assure you that we have heard and strongly considered the concerns a number of our online poker playing members have raised, specifically regarding the 15 month "blackout period" contained in the draft bills that have circulated in recent days.  The blackout period means that upon enactment of the proposed internet poker law there would be fifteen months where NO licensed Internet poker would be available to U.S. players.  In all likelihood, some of the web sites where you currently play would leave the market so they can go through the process of obtaining a U.S. license and then re-enter the market after the 15 month blackout period.  

Which I found pretty offensive.  After all, why does the PPA event exist if its job is just to pay lip service and then essentially let the chips fall where they may? 

I wrote them an email and it is my sincere hope that you write them one too… Here’s mine:

I received the most recent PPA update including Reid’s bill which would put a 15 month blackout on online poker in the United States.  From your email earlier today:

Frankly, the proposed blackout period is absurd and the PPA opposes it. And we have fought – and continue to fight – tooth and nail against it. But it is a reality. There will likely be a blackout period of some length included in any legislation that is passed, whether it is in this Congress or future Congresses. Our opponents have been throwing their weight around to get a lengthy blackout period included and, unfortunately, I fear they are winning.

That sure  sounds like an organization  that ISN’T really going to fight such a horrible and devastating clause especially for people currently involved with internet poker (especially AFFILIATES of advertisers of online cardrooms as well as those poker players who provide their sole income from internet poker).  For myself an affiliate AND a poker player a 100% blackout of the major sites like Full Tilt, PokerStars and UB.com would financially destroy me.

I hope the PPA does more than play LIP SERVICE to this and fight hard against blackout periods, etc. for internet poker sites.  Whatever goal the blackout period is attempting to achieve can probably be achieved through some other method so let’s get out there and put alternatives on the table.

Kelly Stanonik

http://www.lowlimitholdem.com

Licensing can happen without a blackout period and I have yet to hear one legitimate reason for a blackout period except to punish cardrooms that currently service the United States, even though we do not have a clear internet gambling law. That includes the UIGEA which doesn’t make it illegal for citizens to play and only passed because it was tagged to a critical bill.

My best advice is to join the Poker Players Alliance and then make your voice heard to them that you want legal licensed online poker here NOW without conditions or punishments.

www.theppa.org