UltimateBet’s Annie Duke spoke before Congress last November on behalf of the PPA in support of government regulation.
Chairman of the Poker Players Alliance Senator Alfonse D’Amato has just issued a statement on behalf of the PPA addressing the online poker cheating scandals that haven’t so much rocked the poker world as they’ve just provided good forum fodder for a small group of poker players at a website run by creepy old dudes while having absolutely no negative effect on the bottom line for the folks at Absolute Poker and UltimateBet.
D’Amato then argues that the abuses by insiders at both AP and UB show the need for government regulation as it is the government’s “basic responsibility” to “provide assurances” to consumers.
“The recent cheating scandals underscore the need for U.S. licensing and regulation of online poker to help protect consumers” . . .
“The federal government cannot continue to abdicate this basic responsibility to millions of its citizens who choose to play poker on the Internet. The attempt to enforce an outright prohibition of online poker is deeply flawed and unworkable, not to mention it invades upon the personal freedoms of law-abiding adults who wish to engage in a game of skill.”
For what Ultimate Bet spokesperson Annie Duke said before Congress on behalf of the PPA last November go here.
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Full statement by D’Amato after the jump . . .