Poker Players Alliance Requires Amendments to Draft Poker Bill
The Poker Players Alliance has asked Sens. Harry Reid and Jon Kyl to change their draft bill which would regulate online poker.
The alliance wrote to the senators and expressed support for the bill, in particular praising its “strong consumer protections” and “solid framework” for regulation. However, they have also asked for a number of changes.
The group wants to see a shortening of the 15-month delay on legal poker site operation required by the bill, they also want to make it easier for states to states to opt in and for Americans to play against people from other countries.
The draft outlines plans to create an Office of Online Poker Oversight within the Department of Commerce and ban all other forms of internet gambling. It would also prevent any state-level effort to offer different forms of gambling.
The alliance is unhappy with the provision in the draft that requires state legislature vote to opt into the federal poker system and a prohibition on participation by Native American tribes if they states don’t opt in.
The alliance also argued that the 15-month delay outlined in the bill is asking too much of poker enthusiasts.
Furthermore the group argued against the provisions which stopped Americans playing on sites based offshore and foreigners playing on American sites.