In America, John Pappas moves mountains. He is pressuring the 1 million members of the Poker Players Alliance to push for legislation to legalize online gambling in the United States. The Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance through his colleagues is supporting the HR2267 legislation made by Congressman Barney Frank to control and enforce Internet games. The committee vote on the legislation may take place as early as February 2010. Papas made no secret of his ambitions when he stated in no uncertain terms that this legislation will be crucial for the Poker Players Alliance and the entire poker community. He asked the members to rise to the occasion and make their voices heard.
In the past also the initiatives of the PPA to support online games have been influential in supporting HR2267 and this time it is no different either. Papas asked alliance players and the poker community to reach out to congressmen and express their support for the bill. According to Pappas, this is the first time that a vote will be taken on legalizing online gaming in the United States. He said bipartisan support is required for this bill to be a success and urged members to alert their congressmen to the upcoming vote. On the other hand, Congressmen Barney Frank have had more success on the bill in the first two weeks of January. The good news is that two politicians, New York Democrat Eliot Engel and Charlie Melancon, a Democrat from Los Angeles, supported the “Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act of 2009.” This has increased the number of congressmen backing the proposal to 65. More needs to be done and John Papas leaves no stone unturned to ensure that poker and online gaming are legalized in the country.
The bill was pending hearing in early December, but without any markup, as congressmen debated the move. Papas said the next big step would be the margin and his group has reached out to congressmen who can support the legislation and is lobbying with them for a favorabl e ยูฟ่าเบท outcome. If a surcharge occurs, there could be a debate on HR2267 followed by a House vote that would ultimately boost the bill favorably. Papas notes that the biggest challenge at the moment is the fear that partisan politics will not act against the bill. If that happens, it will be a setback for online gaming in the country. Barney Frank has scored another point when he and other congressmen successfully delayed the implementation of the Illegal Internet Gambling Act Enforcement Act (UIGEA) until June 1, 2010. This will allow sufficient time for supporters of HR2267 move forward and maneuver in favor of the bill.