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October 08, 2005

Poker Alliance?

I read an interesting article at Rolling Good Times about a group trying to set up an 'alliance' of poker players, in essence a lobby, to combat pending and future legislation to ban poker playing.

I think it's a great idea!

"The Poker Players Alliance says it wants to sign up tens of thousands of recreational poker players, each of whom would pay $15 in dues.

The group would lobby federal, state and local officials to help fight a potential federal ban on Internet gambling and stop raids on community poker games by state and local law enforcement officials.

As a call to action, the group has created a Web site and is publishing magazine ads and writing articles in trade publications. The pieces detail a rash of police raids on community poker games in recent months -- many of them organized to benefit charities.

To hear founder Sam Gorewitz tell it, poker games everywhere are under attack by overzealous federal and state prosecutors looking to curb a pastime that's as much part of American culture as baseball.

"We feel the government should not be telling people what to do," said Gorewitz, a poker player and former marketing executive in Washington. "In our eyes, poker is legal. Our main objective is to keep it legal. We want poker players to be able to play poker in the venue of their choice." "

No mention or link to the groups site.. I'll keep an eye on this....

Posted by fatbill at October 8, 2005 10:00 AM


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