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Poker Players Alliance strongly opposes anti iGaming claims

27 March 2015

It was clear that yesterday’s hearing on the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA) in the house of Judicial Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations was strongly criticised by the Executive Director of online poker and advocacy group the Poker Players Alliance, John Pappas. In John Pappas view however the hearing was about one aspect being – checking the box to advance Mr. Adelson’s bill, he disclosed to The PPA has always encouraged a national discussion on the values of regulating online gambling. Having a hearing around a political approach is unfortunate and an absolute waste of time. He further goes on by saying that this bill should be completely illuminated in order for members of the committee to focus on more urgent matters and not on legislation that will deny states the ability to protect its citizens.

RAWA in its capacity would ban all forms of igaming in the US and comprehensive financing by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. The hearing saw a range of adversaries of online gambling and cyber safety and pro-state rights spokespeople provide their take on the sector.

The national director of Stop Predatory Gambling, Les Bernal claimed that prohibition does work in containing gambling and that there is no evidence that illegal gambling decreases due to state-sponsored gambling, while US Assistant Attorney Michael Fagan stated,  there were reports that internet gambling was being used to finance terrorism.

However Parry Aftab, executive director of cyber safety advice group WiredSafety, perceived that regulation of online gambling would better ensure American consumers, families and high risk players, while Andrew Moylan, executive director of R Street Institute, said he contradicts RAWA for exceeding state rights. Fagan set forward his perspective that online gaming couldn’t be controlled in a protected and effective way, while Aftab said there was indeed proof that the decently developed regulation of online gaming does work as far and wide as possible and is working successfully in the United States such as New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.

Aftab included that WiredSafety had reviewed regulators in these three states after almost two years of online gambling regulation and operations. “The decision is in — except for a modest number of episodes which were immediately attended to, all stakeholders are more secure and minors are being refused online gambling sites access”.

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has repeatedly said that he is prepared to spend whatever it takes to prevent the regulation of online gaming in the United States.

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