FairPlayUSA Launched to Fight for Legalized Online Poker

by Lou on July 31, 2011

FairPlayUSA, a recently launched coalition headed by former Homeland Security and ex-Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and including Greg Raymer (pictured) and Internet safety expert Parry Aftab on its Board of Advisors, was launched to clarify the nation’s online gambling laws, more clearly define what is legal and what is not, and allow Americans to legally wager in online poker.

“Licensing and regulating online poker is the most effective and responsible way to ensure the safety of America’s children and consumers,” Internet safety expert Parry Aftab said in a statement. “Given the growing … popularity of online poker, we cannot afford to miss this opportunity to protect America’s children and consumers. We must take action now.”

Aftab, Ridge and professional poker player Greg Raymer make up the coalition’s initial advisers and Caesars and MGM provided initial funding for the coalition.

The group only favors legalizing online poker but not other forms of online gaming.  The group aims “…to educate policymakers and the public on the broad public policy interests raised by the current ambiguous laws in the US that have led to millions of Americans gambling on the Internet.  FairPlayUSA supports Congress once and for all defining what is illegal gambling and providing stronger law enforcement tools to ban such gambling, as well as providing a strict regulatory framework for online poker.”

FairPlayUSA will be based in Washington, D.C., and led by executive director Marisa McNee.

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