Today’s the Day: Bug Your Senator, Save Poker

by , Sep 12, 2006 | 1:26 pm

As you all probably know, their are forces out their trying to quash our fun. Thankfully, there are peeps out their organizing to quash the quashing. Specifically, Wicked Chops and Pocket Fives have joined with the Poker Player’s Alliance to spearhead a day of civil spamming. Here’s the info — with props to Dave in Washington DC for sending it along:

The Background

H.R. 4411, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives very convincingly, 317-93. The bill now may be passed by the U.S. Senate. Click here to read PocketFives’ response to the passage of this bill. We’ve made it through the summer without the legislation being brought up in the Senate. In light of recent events including the arrest of CEO Peter Dicks, we have decided to take action. The threat to online poker is real.

What We’re Doing

On Tuesday, September 12, 2006, from 9:00am ET until 5:30pm ET, and the Poker Players Alliance will be co-sponsoring the Phone March on Washington.

How You Can Stop This Legislation

Talk about the Phone March when you play this weekend. Inform fellow poker players who do not understand how real this threat is. Have them visit the official site, for the phone number and talking points.

On Tuesday from 9:30 ET to 5:30pm ET, we encourage everyone to call 800-289-1136. This is a FREE phone call and will connect you directly to your Senators’ offices. You will be connected to one of your two Senators’ offices. Here are some talking points for you to use:

1. I am voter in your state.

2. I strongly oppose any legislation that would prohibit online poker, and urge the Senator to vote against such legislation.

3. Poker is a skill game enjoyed by 70 million Americans.

4. The Senator should seek to regulate online poker much like the government regulates other forms of gaming, like lotteries.

5. Prohibitions don’t work. Any legislation that tries to ban online poker will only drive those players underground.

6. Again, I urge the Senator to oppose any attempts to prohibit me from playing the great American game of poker on the Internet.

Together, we need to help keep the current bill in Congress, H.R. 4411, controversial. Doing this will prevent it from being passed. This means YOU can continue to enjoy online poker in the United States.


If you have any questions or can help us reach more online poker players, please e-mail me at We cannot make this effort a success without your help.

Helpful Links

Click here for the latest on the bill in the Senate.

Click here to learn about H.R. 4411.

Click here to visit the Poker Players Alliance website and become a member. Please help support our industry’s lobby group.

Click here to visit the National Right for Online Gaming, an industry group fighting for the rights of online gamblers everywhere.

Read’s official press release for the Phone March on Washington.

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