Witnesses List Released for Online Poker Hearing
This week the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee of Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will be holding a federal hearing into online poker on Capitol Hill.The hearing is sure to attract a number of big names from the industry some of which will be key witnesses during the hearing. Witnesses include John Pappas, the executive director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) and Geoff Freeman, the CEO of the American Gaming Association.
Associate Professor Dr Rachel Volberg from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts will be giving scientific evidence regarding gambling, according to the statement about the witness list she is “widely regarded as the most experienced problem gambling epidemiologist in the world.”
The head of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Sheldon Adelson, will begin his anti-online gambling campaign; he is sending Vice President of Government Relations and Community Development, Andrew Abboud to be a witness.
Commenting on the list of witnesses Pappas said: “I think it will be hotly contested for sure. It looks like 3 vs. 3, maybe 2.5 vs. 3.5. This isn’t crossfire or a debate platform; it’s the opportunity to present views. Should the opportunity occur where I’m asked my thoughts on a specific statement made by the others that we disagree with, I’ll certainly weigh in.”