Friday, July 6, 2007

Poker players unite

During the mid-night hour in the month of November 2006 the U.S. Senate passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), by attaching it to The Port Security Act, which is known as back door politics.

The President signed into law The Port Security Act along with UIGEA on October 13, 2006.

On or about June 5, 2007 The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court against enforcement of UIGEA, requesting a temporary restraint to halt UIGEA and resume Internet Gaming.

Edward Leyden, President of iMEGA, hopes the lawsuit will open the eyes of the legislators and encourage regulation and taxation of Internet Gambling.

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is a grass roots, non-profit organization with 592,629 members (increasing daily) comprised of poker players, online poker players, and those who stand for personal freedoms. They have joined together to fight for the right to play the skilled game of poker in clubs and online.

Alfonse D'Amato (Former New York Senator) is preparing PPA to challenge the Congress to support the recent legislation introduced in Congress.

H.R. 2046—introduced by Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA) Chairman House Financial Services. Its purpose is to amend title 31, U.S. Code, to provide licensing to Internet Gambling Facilities by the Director of Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

H.R. 2610—Introduced by Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) legislation pertaining to The Skill Game Protection Act. It includes exemption for bridge, Mah-jong, backgammon and poker from all anti-gaming laws.

The passing of UIGEA is not just about poker. Personal freedom is at stake. It's time for us to stand together and show the Government they can no longer force their will on the citizens of this country. It is not a requirement to be player to join PPA. You may join at no cost by contacting PPA at

It's very important that all members are registered voters, call your registrar of Voters and register by mail. The PPA ask all members and future member to call and write their legislators to support the above legislation

William W. Grey

Fresno, Calif.

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