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September 18, 2020

Statements of Poker Players Alliance’s Chairman

“Regulating online poker is the most effective way to protect Americans”

(US).- Former Senator Alfonse D’Amato, chairman of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), made statements following New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s decision to veto a bill allowing intrastate online gambling.

It is with mixed feelings that the PPA notes the veto by Governor Christie of legislation to provide for the licensing and regulation of Internet gaming, including poker.We firmly believe that licensing and regulating online poker is the best and most effective way to protect consumers, protect Americans’ Internet freedom and generate much needed revenue,” said D’Amato.

“However, the PPA also firmly believes that given the borderless nature of the Internet, these interests would be best served by Federal legislation that would provide licensing and regulation of interstate poker, as opposed to state-by-state regulation, whereby players in New Jersey could only play with other players in the Garden State.” 

“The actions by New Jersey and other states to push for needed licensing and regulation at the state level should serve as a wake-up call to the U.S. Congress that there is public support to create a safe, regulated online gaming market place and that it is time for them to act.”

“We appreciate the efforts of Senator Lesniak and the other proponents of the bill for recognizing that it is time for Internet poker to be licensed and regulated in this country, and we hope federal legislators will follow their example.”

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