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Fight for Poker Rights Day of Action July 11

Posted by Andy on July 11, 2011 at 12:16 BST

Poker Players AllianceToday marks one of the biggest lobbying campaigns by the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) to encourage senators and congressmen in the United States to support Joe Barton´s proposed online poker bill. The “Fight for Poker Rights” receives a high profile on the other side of the “pond”, but many poker players throughout Europe and the UK tend not to get involved with the PPA because, well, it is perceived as an American problem. However, there are three good reasons to want the America-based players back on sites like PokerStars and 888 Poker.

Why You Should Want US Online Poker Players

  • Satellites and Qualifiers – Players who take advantage of the online gateways to qualify for such events as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure will have noticed in recent months that the number of entrants for the satellites has decreased – resulting in a lower number of seats to the next level of qualification. The inclusion of American players in these events would expand the number of seats available.
  • Money – The big tournaments have also suffered from the lack of American players in terms of the prize money which is available and the depth of the bubble. Analysts are suggesting that the forthcoming World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) will be badly affected by the lack of American players which represent up to 33% of the participants in these events (and the qualifiers to them).
  • Action – If you are a UK online poker player who now has to wait a long time for Sit ´n´ Go tournaments and cash tables to fill up, you will appreciate how the absence of USA-based poker players has affected your enjoyment of the game. Action at the higher stakes tables is becoming limited – especially during the major live events and despite Paddy Power´s best efforts to attract nosebleed poker action on the iPoker network.

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has stated that they will not support Congressman Joe Barton’s internet poker bill, and will instead push for their own new legislation in the autumn which would favour Nevada and New Jersey as licensing and regulatory authorities in a future US egaming market. However, their stance does not favour poker players in the USA because of the penalties their plans would impose on poker websites that failed to leave the US market after the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act.

Therefore, it is important that poker players throughout the world support Fight for Poker Rights Day of Action today.

How to support the Fight for Poker Rights Day of Action

The H.R. 2366, the Online Poker Act, has been referred to three committees in the House of Representatives: Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, and Financial Services. The PPA is sending messages to all the members on these committees via their Facebook pages to support the Act.

The FOR/AGAINST/UNDECIDED/UNKNOWN after each name below is based on H.R.1174, the Campbell/Frank online gaming bill. The names with an “x” in front of them are those who do not allow direct posting on their Facebook wall, so if you want to get your message across, just post a comment in response to a post already on the page. PLEASE BE SENSITIVE about this though. If the post says the Congressperson is being treated for cancer, don’t bother them with poker. Tell them to get well soon. Be sensitive to what’s going on in their state, too – wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, etc. And PLEASE say “please” and “thank you”. Courtesy goes a long way.

The bill number you are asking them to support is H.R. 2366 (you can see on the members´ walls what has already been posted) and remember to revisit these walls to “like” the posts and comments made since your last visit.

The Members to Lobby

For

Joe Barton, TX Facebook Contact THE MAN
x Peter T. King, NY Facebook Contact CO-SPONSOR
x John Campbell, CA Facebook Contact CO-SPONSOR
Steve Cohen, TN Facebook Facebook Contact CO-SPONSOR
x Ron Paul, TX Facebook Facebook Facebook Contact CO-SPONSOR
x Barney Frank, MA Facebook Contact CO-SPONSOR
John Conyers, Jr., MI Facebook Facebook Contact CO-SPONSOR
Linda Sanchez CA Facebook Facebook Contact CO-SPONSOR
Michael E. Capuano, MA Facebook Contact
Judy Biggert, IL Facebook Contact
Maxine Waters, CA Facebook Contact
Al Green, TX Facebook Contact
Gwen Moore, WI Facebook Contact
André Carson, IN Facebook Facebook Contact
John D. Dingell MI Facebook Facebook Contact
x Edward J. Markey, MA Facebook Facebook Contact
Edolphus Towns, NY Facebook Contact
William Lacy Clay, MO Facebook Contact
x Ed Perlmutter, CO Facebook Contact
Bobby L. Rush, IL Facebook Contact
Eliot L. Engel, NY Facebook Contact
Lois Capps, CA Facebook Facebook Contact
Jay Inslee, WA Facebook Facebook Contact
Tammy Baldwin, WI Facebook Facebook Contact
Doris O. Matsui, CA Facebook Contact
Marsha Blackburn, TN Facebook Facebook Contact
Leonard Lance, NJ Facebook Contact
Darrell Issa, CA Facebook Facebook Facebook Contact
Howard L. Berman, CA Facebook Contact
Bobby Scott, VA Facebook Contact
x Sheila Jackson Lee, TX Facebook Facebook Contact
x Henry (Hank) Johnson, GA Facebook Contact
Ted Deutch, FL Facebook Contact
Fred Upton, MI Facebook Facebook Contact
Jerrold Nadler, NY Facebook Facebook Contact
Mel Watt, NC Facebook Contact
Michael G. Grimm, NY Facebook Facebook Contact

Against

x Spencer Bachus, AL Facebook Contact
Edward R. Royce, CA Facebook Contact
Donald A. Manzullo, IL Facebook Contact
Walter B. Jones, NC Facebook Contact
Scott Garrett, NJ Facebook Contact
Randy Neugebauer, TX Facebook Contact
Patrick T. McHenry, NC Facebook Contact
Shelley Moore Capito, WV Facebook Contact
Michele Bachmann, MN Facebook Facebook Contact
Joe Baca, CA Facebook Contact
David Scott, GA Facebook Contact
x Frank Pallone, Jr., NJ Facebook Contact
Gene Green, TX Facebook Contact
Diana DeGette, CO Facebook Contact
x Jim Matheson, UT Facebook Contact
G. K. Butterfield, NC Facebook Contact
x John Barrow, GA Facebook Contact
Mike Ross, AR Facebook Contact
Cliff Stearns, FL Facebook Contact
x Ed Whitfield, KY Facebook Contact
John Shimkus, IL Facebook Contact
Joseph R. Pitts, PA Facebook Contact
x Mary Bono Mack, CA Facebook Contact
Greg Walden, OR Facebook Contact
x Lee Terry, NE Facebook Contact
x Mike Rogers, MI Facebook Contact
Sue Myrick, NC Facebook Contact
John Sullivan, OK Facebook Contact
Tim Murphy, PA Facebook Contact
Michael Burgess, TX Facebook Contact
x Brian P. Bilbray, CA Facebook Contact
x Phil Gingrey, GA Facebook Contact
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, WA Facebook Contact
Lamar Smith, TX Facebook Contact
F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr., WI Facebook Contact
Howard Coble, NC Facebook Contact
x Elton Gallegly, CA Facebook Contact
x Bob Goodlatte, VA Facebook Contact
Dan Lungren, CA Facebook Contact
x Randy Forbes, VA Facebook Contact
x Steve King, IA Facebook Contact
Trent Franks, AZ Facebook Contact
Louie Gohmert, TX Facebook Contact
Jim Jordan, OH Facebook Contact
Mike Pence, IN Facebook Contact
Jason Chaffetz, UT Facebook Contact

Undecided/Unknown

x Jeb Hensarling, TX Facebook Contact
x Frank D. Lucas, OK Facebook Contact
x Gary G. Miller, CA Facebook Contact
x Thaddeus G. McCotter, MI Facebook Contact
x Kevin McCarthy, CA Facebook Contact
Bill Posey, FL Facebook Contact
x Michael G. Fitzpatrick, PA Facebook Contact
x Lynn A. Westmoreland, GA Facebook Contact
Blaine Luetkemeyer, MO Facebook Contact
Bill Huizenga, MI Facebook Contact
x Sean P. Duffy, WI Facebook Contact
Nan Hayworth, M.D., NY Facebook Contact
James B. Renacci, OH Facebook Contact
Robert Hurt, VA Facebook Contact
Robert J. Dold, IL Facebook Contact
x David Schweikert, AZ Facebook Contact
Francisco “Quico” Canseco, TX Facebook Contact
Steve Stivers, OH Facebook Contact
x Stephen Lee Fincher, TN Facebook Contact
x Luis V. Gutierrez, IL Facebook Contact
x Nydia M. Velázquez, NY Facebook Contact
x Gary L. Ackerman, NY Facebook Contact
x Brad Sherman, CA Facebook Contact
x Rubén Hinojosa, TX Facebook Contact
x Carolyn McCarthy, NY Facebook Contact
Stephen F. Lynch, MA Facebook Contact
x Brad Miller, NC Facebook Contact
x Emanuel Cleaver, MO Facebook Contact
x Keith Ellison, MN Facebook Contact
Joe Donnelly, IN Facebook Contact
x James A. Himes, CT Facebook Contact
x Gary C. Peters, MI Facebook Contact
x John C. Carney, Jr., DE Facebook Facebook Contact
x Michael F. Doyle, PA Facebook Contact
Jan Schakowsky, IL Facebook Contact
x Charles A. Gonzalez, TX Facebook Contact
Donna Christensen, VI Facebook Contact
Kathy Castor, FL Facebook Contact
Charles F. Bass, NH Facebook Contact
Steve Scalise, LA Facebook Contact
Bob Latta, OH Facebook Contact
Gregg Harper, MS Facebook Contact
Bill Cassidy, LA Facebook Contact
x Brett Guthrie, KY Facebook Contact
x Pete Olson, TX Facebook Contact
David McKinley, WV Facebook Contact
Cory Gardner, CO Facebook Contact
x Mike Pompeo, KS Facebook Contact
x Adam Kinzinger, IL Facebook Contact
Morgan Griffith, VA Facebook Contact
Steve Chabot, OH Facebook Contact
Ted Poe, TX Facebook Contact
x Tim Griffin, AR Facebook Contact
x Sandy Adams, FL Facebook Contact
x Ben Quayle, AZ Facebook Contact
x Zoe Lofgren, CA Facebook Contact
Pedro Pierluisi, PR Facebook Contact
Mike Quigley, IL Facebook Contact
Judy Chu, CA Facebook Contact
Anna G. Eshoo, CA Facebook Contact
Tom Marino, PA Facebook Contact
Trey Gowdy, SC Facebook Contact
Dennis Ross, FL Facebook Contact
Stevan Pearce, NM Facebook Contact
Henry A. Waxman, CA NO FACEBOOK Contact
Gregory W. Meeks, NY NO FACEBOOK Contact
Carolyn B. Maloney, NY NO FACEBOOK Contact