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11-10-2008, 08:17 PM
I got this message from the PPA today and thought I should post it:

Just one week after a historic election the Poker Players Alliance is pitted in a fight to keep anti-Internet poker regulations from being enacted and we NEED YOUR HELP!

The current Administration is hastily finalizing a number of “midnight rules” before they leave office and the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) is on the list. See the 11/06 story in Dow Jones (http://capwiz.com/pokerplayersalliance/utr/1/OKWFJKVXBD/GYOFJKWHAH/2607710456) . Just like UIGEA was snuck into legislation in the dark of night in 2006, our opponents are again trying an 11th hour sneak job. We need you to help us expose and stop this reckless rulemaking.

Please call the U.S. Federal Reserve and tell them not to approve the UIGEA regulations -- Consumer Complaints, 888-851-1920 or Public Affairs, 202-452-2955.

Tell them:

The federal agencies responsible for our nation’s economy should not be focused on Internet poker regulations.
Finalization of the UIGEA rules will add additional burdens on our already crippled financial systems.
Internet poker is a game of skill and form of recreation for millions of Americans; it should be exempted from the UIGEA.
Please do not finalize the UIGEA regulations until their impact on our banking systems and average Americans has been fully studied.Your call will make a huge difference and will add the public’s voice to these last minute policy decisions our government is poised to make. We can’t stand idly by while they make decisions that will impact our right to play America’s card game. PLEASE CALL TODAY!

Proud to play,
Alfonse D’Amato, Chairman
Poker Players Alliance

11-10-2008, 09:55 PM
The phone call is easy, please make it.

11-10-2008, 10:38 PM
Thanks for passing along the information.

If the UIGEA is finalized, will it be the end of online poker in the US? Will poker sites find ways to keep US players?

I can only imagine how difficult it will be to get money off poker sites, if the UIGEA is finalized. Thanks to our government, I had money tied up for months when they shut down Neteller.

11-11-2008, 12:25 PM
The idea of the federal reserve making a decision like this is ridiculous. It is so far outside of their realm of responsibility it is sick. That is pretty much what I told them when I called.

11-13-2008, 08:47 AM
If you don't want to call, please at least send an email. It took me 3 minutes to copy and paste the above.

Here is the link: http://www.federalreserve.gov/generalinfo/foia/ProposedRegs.cfm

Scroll down to the proposal "Prohibition on Funding of Unlawful Internet Gambling" and click "Submit comment"

If you care at all about this at least do this much.

11-13-2008, 03:05 PM
too late, szim, they passed it.

11-13-2008, 06:41 PM
passed what specifically? The rules the banks have to apply?

11-13-2008, 06:48 PM

well worth reading

11-13-2008, 06:51 PM

11-17-2008, 03:52 AM
I have unfortunate news to report. Despite the efforts of the poker community, the opposition of the banks and the recent news exposing inappropriate influence by the White House, today the current administration finalized the UIGEA regulations to be made effective on January 19th the day before president-elect Obama officially takes office. A copy of the final UIGEA regulations and the PPA’s response can be found on our Web site.

I am sure that you share my outrage over this last-minute "midnight rulemaking," but I have not lost my drive to correct this injustice and I call on you to join me and the million strong PPA to help continue our fight. In fact, the Politico Newspaper reports on 11/12 (http://capwiz.com/pokerplayersalliance/utr/1/MKWSJLBMUA/ADQBJLBTZD/2622621586) that Congressional leaders are already plotting legislation for next year that will undermine the White House's "midnight" regulations. We must make sure that UIGEA is part of this regulation reversal.

There are 4 things you should do to respond to the government's actions:

1. Call your Member of Congress (http://capwiz.com/pokerplayersalliance/utr/1/MKWSJLBMUA/OUNUJLBTZE/2622621586) and let him or her know how disappointed you are by the lame duck administration's implementation of UIGEA and subsequent erosion of your personal freedom.

2. Send an email (http://capwiz.com/pokerplayersalliance/utr/1/MKWSJLBMUA/ENTVJLBTZF/2622621586) to the Obama Transition team and tell President-elect Obama that once in office he should immediately turn back the UIGEA and other "midnight rules" issued by President Bush.
3. Help the PPA help you (http://capwiz.com/pokerplayersalliance/utr/1/MKWSJLBMUA/LTTBJLBTZG/2622621586). Become a Premium Member of PPA if you are not already. For only $20 you help us be effective advocates for poker and your membership put us in a strong position to defend your rights. If you are already a Premium PPA member please consider making an additional contribution to our fight (http://capwiz.com/pokerplayersalliance/utr/1/MKWSJLBMUA/BFGFJLBTZH/2622621586).

4. Forward this to your friends and stay updated on the latest developments (http://capwiz.com/pokerplayersalliance/utr/1/MKWSJLBMUA/KRFQJLBTZI/2622621586) regarding the UIGEA regulations.

This is not the time to bow our heads in defeat; rather we must continue our efforts with renewed vigor. Thank you for your support and dedication to protecting the game we love.

Proud to play,
Alfonse D'Amato, Chairman
Poker Players Alliance