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UK Poker Players Rooting for US Poker Players


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The great thing about the popular card game of poker is that it transcends
age, colour, creed, geography and nationality, which is why UK poker
lovers are rooting for their ‘brothers in arms’ across the Atlantic in the
United States, who are fighting for their right to play online poker legally in
the country.

Unlike in the UK where online casinos and online poker rooms are legal, in the
United States the popular internet activity is currently banned, following the
passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) by Congress in
October 2006, which was soon after signed into law by George W. Bush.

UIGEA was a clever piece of legislation targeting U.S. banks, credit card
companies and other financial institutions, by effectively forbidding them to
process online gambling-related payments by U.S.-based citizens. This meant
Americans could no longer fund and makes withdrawals from online gambling
websites.

Now, almost three years later, online poker fans across the United States are
fed up and are hoping that the draconian UIGEA will soon be reversed and that
online gambling will finally be legalized and regulated. Leading the way is the
Poker Players Alliance (PPA) which has taken an active role in achieving
this goal.

For instance, as part of its National Poker Week, the PPA has reportedly
scheduled 100 meetings with key members of Congress and their aides, and is
planning to present a petition with over 350,000 signatures to President Barack
Obama this week, in an attempt to convince government to reverse the online ban.

Many of the America’s, and indeed the world’s, greatest poker professionals have
publically signed the pro-online poker petition including Greg Raymer, 2004
World Series of Poker Main Event winner; Howard Lederer; his sister Annie Duke;
Andy Bloch and many others, as they don’t see poker as true gambling.

Members of the PPA contend that unlike many traditional land and online casino
games – which rely almost exclusively on luck – land and online poker requires a
large degree of skill. This fact, in their eyes, means that online poker should
be treated separately from online casinos, and exempt from the same laws.

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