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Online Poker Officially on Obama’s Radar

by Poker Team

Online poker and live poker players around the United States are feeling a sense of victory today as it has been reported that online poker licensing and regulation is officially on President Barack Obama’s agenda.  Though taking a backseat to much bigger items such as the current economic crises and health care reform, the news marks the first time that online poker issues are officially on the desk of the leader of the free world.

It was learned that earlier this week that the White House Citizen’s Briefing Book contained online poker in it.  It has been reported that the issue is number one in terms of technology and number 11 overall.

In response to the news, Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas said.

“Poker players around the country are speaking with one voice to protect the game they love, and the White House is hearing that message. This proves that this is not a niche issue, but a national public policy that this Congress and this president should advance this year.”

Indeed it appears that the revenue being lost since there is no regulatory framework in place is simply too much to ignore as politicians seek out new revenue streams.

Most people are not familiar with the White House Citizen’s Briefing Book.  Basically when the new administration took office, the White House opened a website called and asked US citizens to submit policy proposals for consideration.  Those which garnered the most votes were placed in the book.

It would seem that the united voice created by groups such as the PPA have taken hold and Congressional leaders are now listening to their ideas, a vast difference from the Bush administration who would not consider such reform.

The ball seems to officially be rolling and this should really heat up as the summer approaches.

  • Richard Babusek

    If you think government interest in poker is a good thing, consider their main interest is glomming onto cash, figure on doubling the rake, or so.

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