For the past few weeks poker players and fans of the game have been able to show our support for the legalization of poker in the United States by signing an online poker petition created by the Poker Players Alliance. As of July 14th the online poker petition passed the 300,000 signature mark and only a few days are left for more signatures before the petition will be presented to President Barack Obama.
The Poker Players Alliance will be submitting the poker petition to the President during National Poker Week. The week begins on July 19th and continues until July 25th and it will be on the 22nd that the President will receive the petition.
Hopefully more signatures will be collected by the PPA before the petition is presented to the President. The more signatures the petition has the better case it will make for something to be done on a government level. Players who have not signed the petition can easily visit www.PokerPetition.com and enter simple personal information, which takes about one minute.
The Petition reads:
President Obama Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Poker is Not a Crime
I am a voter and a fellow poker player asking for your support of my right to play games of skill like poker on the Internet.
This issue is not lost on the American public. We recently made our desire for this liberty known through your Citizen’s Briefing Book website. Of the thousands of proposals submitted, a proposal supporting Internet poker rights was the number one issue on technology policy.
What’s most important to me is your support for my rights. Please: 1) exempt poker from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and 2) license and regulate internet poker in the US. 3) Respect the rights of law-abiding Americans who love to play this great game of skill.
It will be interesting to see how many more signatures the petition will receive before the 22nd of July. Hopefully at least one hundred thousand more signatures will be signed to the petition by then or even more.
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