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Showing posts with label PPA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PPA. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Poker’s “Super Tuesday”? Are you kidding me PPA?

Yesterday, Tuesday July 31, 2012, it was formally announced that PokerStars was acquiring Full Tilt’s assets from the Department of Justice and that all players (both US and Non-US) would be paid back any money they were owed.

Granted this is good news, however…

Non-US Players will be paid back within 90 days by PokerStars and in full, but US Players will have to apply for re-payment to the US Department of Justice.

To the Poker Players Alliance, via this announcement released 2012-08-01, this is a cause for dancing in the streets:

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Yesterday, PPA sent out a member-wide announcement with terrific news -- the Justice Department approved the deal for PokerStars to purchase Full Tilt Poker!
From the Department of Justice press release:

Under the terms of the settlement with PokerStars, the company agreed to forfeit $547 million to the U.S. and to reimburse the approximately $184 million owed by Full Tilt to foreign players, in order to fully resolve the allegations in the complaint. The settlement further provides that PokerStars will acquire the Forfeited Full Tilt Assets from the Government. Full Tilt’s U.S. fraud victims will be able to seek compensation for their losses from the Department of Justice from the $547 million forfeited by PokerStars.

In other words, PokerStars has provided funds to cover all player balances at Full Tilt Poker and the DoJ is establishing a process by which we U.S. players can request and receive our money. While PPA does not yet have the detailed information on the specific process to follow, we are calling for a streamlined process and repayment of 100% of player account balances.

To aid in all of this, PPA will gather the needed information on the reimbursement process in real time and post it to http://theppa.org/repayment. I will be using the PPA guide to apply for my reimbursement and am looking forward to trialling the process for all of us. We have all been in this together from the get go, so I am personally pleased that we will be in it together as we finally recover our funds and press on for victory in the fight for licensed and regulated online poker.

PPA's legal team will remain fully involved as the ‘voice of the player’ to ensure we are all heard throughout this process.

For more information:
Poker Players Alliance Press Release
Department of Justice Press Release
PokerStars Press Release
PokerStars’ FTP FAQ

On that last part, the fraud or Ponzi scheme allegations were all after Black Friday and have to do with Full Tilt not revealing their financial situation to people who continued to play and deposit money on the site or in other words Non-US players.  The fact that they didn’t segregate player funds was bad business and a bad idea but wasn’t fraud.

My outrage continues to fall squarely on the shoulders over the Department of Justice itself.  The logic train that allowed them to even go after the online poker rooms is amazing and frightening—does anyone think the DoJ was somehow protecting the US population from “bank fraud” and the like?  Because after Black Friday they then rescinded their stance on using the wire fraud act which was their main weapon to insist that online poker was, itself, illegal gambling and the “bank fraud” did not harm any banks!  How this continues to this date with people caving to what is essentially government level extortion amazes me.

Well Hurray!  Super Tuesday!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

PPA Encourages You to Become a Lying Whore…

Today the Poker Player’s Alliance sent out an email suggesting that people who are owed money from Full Tilt Poker may be able to get compensation from the government if the allegations that Full Tilt was a “global Ponzi scheme” (hint it wasn’t—it was a badly run company).  By portraying themselves as “victims of a crime” players can potentially get some portion of their lost money back.

The Department of Justice is portraying it as if all offshore gambling is corrupt and that Full Tilt was stealing our money, but the fact is that they were the 2nd most reputable (ok 2nd was a ways down the totem but still) online poker company in terms of making sure people got paid, etc.  The one two punch here was the pressure of the UIGEA on the payment processors which caused them to float a bunch of invisible loans to plays to the tune of ???  100 million?  more? and then the seizure of a huge portion of their business funds while cutting off the US player population which they were much more dependent on than PokerStars.  I'm not holding Full Tilt faultless here, but I AM saying the DoJ literally caused this to happen.

So if we’re a victim of a crime the criminal is the US DoJ.

Text of the PPA Letter:

This week’s news from the U.S. Department of Justice alleging that Full Tilt Poker perpetrated a “global Ponzi scheme” that defrauded players has sent shockwaves through the poker community.  If true, these allegations detail a massive betrayal of player trust and will cause further hardship for the individual poker player, none of whom have been accused of doing anything wrong.  Based on the DOJ allegations, it is clear that the players who deposited money and played on Full Tilt Poker are truly the victims in all of this mess. 

The PPA believes that fundamental justice requires that players be repaid their money on deposit, and so we wanted to mention an avenue by which players can ask the DOJ to return funds to them through restitution in the pending case.  A federal statute establishes a number of rights for victims of crimes and requires that the government take steps to assist these victims. The DOJ put in place a set of guidelines and created a program, Victims and Witness Services, so that the government could live up to its statutory obligations to victims of crimes. Again, based on the allegations set forth by the DOJ, poker players who deposited money with Full Tilt Poker should be treated as crime victims and afforded the full rights and protections of our government.

If you have been unable to withdraw your money from Full Tilt Poker, you may wish to contact the Victim/Witness Coordinator at the U.S. Attorney’s office and ask that you be afforded the rights of a crime victim as outlined on their website. Let them know that you would like to be kept informed of any major developments in the case (United States v. Full Tilt, et al., 11 C 2564 and United States v. Scheinberg, et al., 10 CR 336) and that you are seeking restitution of lost funds.  

You can send your letter or email to:

Wendy Olsen Clancy
Victim/Witness Coordinator
United States Attorney's Office
One St. Andrew's Plaza
New York, New York 10007
(866) 874-8900
Wendy.Olsen@usdoj.gov

The PPA will provide you with information as this situation continues to develop.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

PPA Legal Eagles Crack the Code for US Poker Players with Unpaid Funds… Bottom Line? You’re Screwed!

No seriously, you are screwed.

lawyer_simpsonsThe newest non-news going around is the Poker Player’s Alliance new Player’s Fund Legal Guide which supposedly informs the group they call (and this is a direct quote) “individual players who have not been able to access their online poker funds held on account” or in short “everyone that didn’t have their money on PokerStars.”

In this “legal guide” they basically tell the US poker player that, while technically they do have a right to the money they have on deposit, it is going to be really, really hard to get that money since 1. Lawyers are expensive, 2. Tracking down people in foreign lands is hard and 3. You are obviously not on a lucky streak having had your money grabbed in the first place.

No, seriously that’s what they say.  Here’s the summary (another direct quote):

SUMMARY: Players, especially players owed substantial sums, should definitely speak with their own lawyer about whether it is in their interest to file a lawsuit either individually or as a self-defined group of similarly situated players. They must balance the costs and risks against the benefit of having an actual judgment to enforce in a foreign court or a foreign bankruptcy proceeding.

- PPA Player’s Fund Legal Guide

Let me crystalize this even more:  The PPA spent WEEKS coming to the conclusion that the tiny group of poker players who have GIANT balances and that means MILLIONS on account should TALK TO THEIR LAWYERS about maybe trying to get it back.  Guess what PPA?  They already did.  Because they have millions of dollars.  And a lawyer.

As far as the rest of the suckers (including myself) that have a balance in the hundreds or thousands of dollars—well we are at the mercy of whatever ultimately happens with the various online poker rooms and we didn’t need the PPA to tell us that.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The PPA Sends Out a Notice to Support the Barton Bill for Online Poker

What’s in the bill?  Why should I support it?  Hey look over there it’s a shiny object!

moneyIn what has recently and especially since BLACK FRIDAY been typical PPA fashion, the PPA has released an email to members asking them to support the Joe Barton bill (H.R. 2366 The Online Poker Act of 2011) saying “The bill will restore your online poker rights by allowing licensed companies to offer Internet poker with real money play to U.S. residents”

  1. Really?  First, the idea that my rights will be “restored” implies I had some rights in the past, lost them, and now I have them again.  Did I used to have rights?  The DoJ says no.  Logic says yes.  If I did have rights before then they never went away did they?  No, they were just trampled on by villains…
  2. This bill does not NEED your help.  It is a pre-ordained second footfall from the legislation that has already passed in Nevada to let the huge US land casinos take control of the online poker industry in the US for the next 3 years which is 2 freaking years past the Mayan end of the world.

The specifics that I am interested in are the following:

  1. Will we be limited to play against only other US players or will these newly licensed cardrooms be opened to the rest of the world? (hint to US “rest of world” is the correct answer).
  2. Will there be limitations on the financial tracking the US can do for US players?  Yes there’s going to be some sort of tax component (although the majority of that should be a tax the CASINOS pay not just enforcement of US income tax.  For US income tax purposes the information the govt. gets should not be in detail form but some sort of summary annual number and hopefully a net number (total won-total lost for example) like they do on W2 forms for regular employees.

The things I’ve seen mentioned like the draft bill containing a clause that consumers couldn’t use credit cards to finance their accounts is silly.  First because you can easily bypass that regulation by getting a cash advance and shoving it in your checking account and second because it’s already very hard to finance gambling with a major credit card in the US because of the ruling that US citizens aren’t responsible for gambling debt to the card owners so they get a one time pass on any gambling they charge to the card (of course if you invoke the rule they ban you from credit cards forever).

So What Should You Do?

Nothing!  Just sit back and relax and watch the show.  Everything will be over very soon now…

Friday, June 24, 2011

Joe Barton Releases Poker Bill and PPA Instantly Applauds It!

Shouldn’t we read it first?

Well Today (June 24, 2011) Joe Barton’s bill was released earlier than at least Joe Barton imagined (as early as a couple days ago he was predicting probably 2-3 weeks even though many sites have reported it would be released this week).  Pocket Fives has the bill online and you can read it here.

My first browse of the bill makes it seem fairly decent.  There are going to be issues that will be talked about, like only US players being able to play against other US players and the financial tracking the US government will now be able to do one all your poker wagers, oh and the tax collection and distribution by the licensed online poker venue itself.  Any of those could become big issues, but the truth is nothing can stop this legislation at this time the same way nothing could stop the Patriot Act when it was introduced after September 11th.  Online poker players are hungry and afraid and they’ll sign up for anything that lets them start earning money again.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What’s New in Online Poker?

Legally speaking not much, but what news there is isn’t good news

subject-poker-logoFirst off, a big shout out to the people at Subject: Poker.  This is a new poker news source website and they are definitely going the extra mile to ask the hard questions and actually check their facts.  In fact all of the new interesting news is being broken by them and every other poker and/or gambling website is rehashing old news (like a police department getting part of the seized funds from the 2nd online poker raid that hit DoylesRoom and TruePoker.

So what is going on?

  1. Cereus is 50-60 million in the hole (to players both US and offshore and other debts) and has about 10% of that in cash.  Is this bad?  Not if you hate money.
  2. Subject: Poker did an interview with John Pappas of the PPA in two parts.  You can read Part 1 and Part 2 on their website and they are definitely worth reading.  The reporter—Noah Stephens-Davidowitz (I believe that’s a Native American name) kept asking the extra question to get John Pappas out of the comfort zone.  I both found out some terrifying things about the PPA and also found some new respect for them and for John Pappas through this interview.
  3. Nothing.  Full Tilt is still not paying US customers.  Cereus is still not talking to anyone.  Nevada is still primed to take over organized crime licensing and regulating online poker as soon as a federal law is in place.  I will keep you posted when something interesting happens!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Yesterday’s PPA Protest in Washington D.C.

Yesterday (May 24, 2011) the Poker Player’s Alliance took Greg Raymer and dozens of other poker professionals to Washington to talk to senators, congressmen and really anyone who would listen about the issues on online poker and the recent crackdown by the Department of Justice on “Black Friday” April 15, 2011 against the three largest online poker rooms serving the United States.
The message of the PPA was one calling for regulation and taxation of online poker “now” and the message that many many Americans have been affected by the loss of either their income source or their hobby.
Did their trip have an impact?  None that is immediately apparent.  The machine that is going to license and regulate poker in the United States is already turning and at this point the PPA is like a child yelling at workers at an in-progress construction site to “keep building.”  “They will. They will.”
Forbes Blog Gets It Wrong RE: Doyle Brunson
Apparently Nathan Vardi wasn’t aware that Doyle has been distancing himself from Doyle’s Room since the April 15th action by the DoJ.  Some are saying he had inside knowledge there were going after targets closer to him but in any event he made it public he was severing ties with Doyle’s Room weeks ago.
Here’s the full Forbes Blog Entry

Friday, May 20, 2011

PPA Continues “Glue Sniffing” Approach to Protecting Poker Players Rights.

Today I received (as I’m sure most people reading this blog have) a new email message from the Poker Players Alliance.  In it they say:

ppa_logoWe are now more than one month past Black Friday and there are still many concerns among poker players. Chief among those is the return of player funds. As recently as this week the PPA has communicated with Full Tilt Poker and shared with them player concerns about payouts. [ed. Seriously?  You shared with them that poker players have concerns about not receiving money from them?  You think they didn’t KNOW that?]

As the organization representing the interest of the players, we have shared with Full Tilt Poker the frustration of the players and have urged Full Tilt Poker to fulfill their promises to allow U.S. players to cash out their account balances. We are very encouraged by our communications with them. It is clear that progress is being made and that Full Tilt Poker remains committed to playing players as soon as possible. This is a top priority and we are confident that they are working toward a solution to return player funds.  [ed. Besides “talking to them” what else are you doing?  What specifically have you said to them and what specifically have they replied?  Talking to them is 100% meaningless they already have huge pressure from the players themselves and the international community to pay the money to US players—Is your talking doing ANYTHING?  No!]

It is important to note that Full Tilt Poker has always paid out their players even in the face of similar legal obstacles or factors not in their control, such as payment processor defaults and prior actions by the US government to seize US players' funds. The PPA will continue to communicate with Full Tilt Poker until the matter is resolved. [ed. OBVIOUSLY this situation is FAR different than previous processor fund grabs from the DoJ both in scope and in them going after the founders of the big three online poker rooms directly.  Previous money grabs didn’t force them out of the US market but THIS ONE DID which is a HUGE AND ONGOING financial hit]

The  PPA similarly calls on Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet to fulfill their  promises to allow U.S. players to cash out their account balances.  The  PPA will initiate a dialogue with Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet to  convey to them the frustration of our membership. [ed. Again do you think they don’t know that poker players with Cereus balances are frustrated and/or worried?  A far bigger deal to both Full Tilt and Cereus is that if they default on their responsibility to pay US players then they will lose their international players because, after all, who is going to put their money in a cardroom that doesn’t pay?  Large scale welching will never be tolerated.]

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 17, 2010

Reid Poker Bill With 15 Month Blackout All But Dead, Thank God

I mentioned earlier that the PPA has been limply caving to “blackout” periods in the legalization of online poker (a misnomer because online poker isn’t explicitly illegal in the first place).  These blackout periods would cause all the major online poker rooms to leave the US market for up to 15 months.  The Reid poker bill was the one garnishing the most recent attention and with the most possibility of actually happening but thankfully it did not happen: 

On Thursday morning, John Pappas told Poker News Daily that the bill introduced by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) legalizing and regulating online poker is all but dead. A move to add the bill’s language to the tax relief act currently being debated in Congress failed to come to fruition.

Pappas told Poker News Daily that a highly charged debate over the tax measure was largely to blame: “When the tax package fell through and things became much more political for it – not related to our bill – it became clear that another controversial addition to the tax bill could sink it.” Reid’s bill would have opened the online poker market in the United States to current operators like Caesars Entertainment, which owns the rights to the annual World Series of Poker.

Reid struck a deal with Republicans on the contents of the tax relief act, which perhaps closed the door to other bills being added.

Now what? With the Republican Party taking control of the House of Representatives in 2011, pro-internet gambling allies like Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) may take a back seat. Frank, whose HR 2267, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act, garnered 70 co-sponsors and sailed through the House Financial Services Committee in July, will likely lose his post as Chairman. In his stead could be staunch internet gambling opponent Spencer Bachus (R-AL), whom the PPA graded an “F” in its Congressional Ratings Guide.

Looking ahead to 2011, Pappas told Poker News Daily, “The online poker bill that was floating around needs some improvement, so the PPA wants to go back to Senator Reid and talk about how we can improve on his current draft. There’s going to be a renewed focus in the Senate and we’ll be taking some of the legislation in a different direction so that’s it not focused on the Financial Service Committee, where we have a known opponent.”

Two years ago, Bachus, the current Ranking Member of the committee, erroneously quoted a study from McGill University linking internet gambling to suicide. The Alabama lawmaker asserted in a June 2008 hearing, “McGill University found that one-third – one-third – of college students who gambled on the internet ultimately attempted suicide. That is why the rate of suicide on our college campuses has doubled in the last ten years.” In fact, no such study had ever taken place.

On Wednesday night, ESPN.com published an article declaring Reid’s bill dead. Pappas told the Connecticut-based news outlet, “Sadly, some politicians remain with their heads firmly in the sand. The leadership of the Poker Players Alliance got the debate this far and we are determined to see this through.” The Hill reported that the ongoing lame duck session on Capitol Hill is scheduled to end on Friday, although reports during the week have surfaced that lawmakers may remain in Washington, DC until close to Christmas.

Last weekend, adding language legalizing and regulating online poker to a must-pass omnibus spending bill appeared to be a possibility according to Bloomberg, but Pappas explained that adding another earmark to would “make things more complicated.” The Senate approved the tax relief bill on Wednesday, with the House potentially set to follow suit this afternoon.

Pappas was scheduled to tape a segment about the online poker bill with Bloomberg. Pappas will speak on behalf of the 1.2 million member strong lobbying group that has become the main voice for poker players in the United States. Four years ago, the PPA stood at just 50,000 members.

Reid’s bill won’t officially be dead until the clock strikes Midnight on the 111th Congress. Pappas concluded with a silver lining: “We always knew we had a chance to pass legislation during the lame duck session, but it fell short. But, I think there’s significant momentum going forward. We’ve done a good job of convincing lawmakers that the status quo isn’t acceptable.”

Source: Poker News Daily

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

Friday, July 23, 2010

Barney Frank’s Online Gambling Bill Goes to Markup Tuesday

Tuesday July 27th, 2010

This is legitimate movement in the direction of officially legal online poker.  Even though other bills including the notorious UIGEA which was installed as a Trojan Horse aboard the SAFE Port Act never made it illegal for an individual poker player to play on online poker sites it still has had a chilling effect on online poker players especially in the United States.

Other steps will have to be made before this bill becomes a law and these steps probably won’t happen until next year.  According to John Pappas, the executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, the bill almost certainly has support to pass or Mr. Frank wouldn’t be calling it to a vote.

We all look forward to the day when we can pull the noble game of poker out of the shadows and into full legalization and play poker hands online knowing we are participating in a fully regulated and legal endeavor.

Friday, July 14, 2006

A Prohibition on Online Gambling

I'm sure all of you are aware (you are aware aren't you) that a bill recently passed the House of Representatives banning online gambling. Ok, well, it doesn't actually ban all online gambling... Betting on horse, lotteries and fantasy sports is still Ok...

On July 11, 2006 the House passed HR4311 which provides a partial ban on online gambling. Exempted are horse betting, interstate lotteries and fantasy sports. The bill now moves on to the senate and if passed there will force banks to police electronic funding to prevent gambling funding and will force ISPs to block certain content, which is Ok because I wasn't feeling close enough to big brother on year 6 of the Bush administration.

Party Poker and Full Tilt Poker are promoting membership in the Poker Player's Alliance, a lobbying group to represent the interests of internet poker players. Howard Lederer recently joined their board, so they do have at least some thoughtful people behind them. Their t-shirts are fairly decent as well.

The big question on my mind with regard to this bill is "why is anyone behind it." For the morally superior who believe that gambling is bad, this bill has gaping holes to allow various forms of internet gambling to continue and of course a ban on internet gambling won't satisfy this bunch anyhow. Perhaps a ban on all gambling and sweet foods and women in bikinis and... well enough about the Middle East.

Personally I depend on internet poker for a portion of my income, but I also have the advantage of living in Southern California so I can go to the Commerce or Bicycle casinos (about 15 minutes away) and play live. A lot of people don't have that option and I think this skill based game of poker which has analogs in just about everything in life is a boon that should be promoted by our country--not prohibited.

If you play poker on the internet and would like to continue doing so I recommend contacting your state senators and letting them know how you feel. There are resources for doing that on the Poker Players Alliance link above.

Other Resources
2+2 Forum Thread on H.R. 4777
Daily Show Lampoon of H.R. 4777 passage in the House

I know that this atmosphere of fear, which allows the bitter and frustrated people to come out of the woodwork and promote their vitriolic agendas under the guise of morality or patriotism, will end soon. I just wish "soon" would hurry up and get here.