FAQ

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  1. Who is the Poker Players Alliance?
  2. Who supports the Poker Players Alliance?
  3. Why should I join the Poker Players Alliance?
  4. Is playing poker legal in the United States?
  5. How do I make my voice heard?
  6. I want to be more active in the efforts to keep poker legal, what can I do?
  7. What kind of legislation does the Poker Players Alliance support?
  8. Why does the Poker Players Alliance believe that poker is a game of skill?
  9. How do I change or update my membership information (address, phone, email, etc.)?
  10. Who can I contact at the PPA if I have not received my membership packet in the mail, am having trouble with my online benefits, or have general questions about the organization?
  11. Who can I contact if I am concerned about my own gambling?
  12. Where can I get information about treatment for problem gambling?
  13. What information do you need about me?

1. Who is the Poker Players Alliance?

The Poker Players Alliance is a non-profit membership organization comprised of poker players and enthusiasts from around the United States who have joined together to speak with one voice to promote the game and, most importantly, to protect poker players’ rights.

Poker Players Alliance was formed as a grassroots organization to ensure that the government does not take away our freedom to play poker. The Poker Players Alliance’s top legislative priority is establishing federal regulation of Internet poker. The organization also working at the state level to establish sensible laws for poker (online and offline) and we are taking the argument that poker is a game of skill directly to state and federal courts.

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2. Who supports the Poker Players Alliance?

The Poker Players Alliance depends on support from its members and donations from poker enthusiasts to succeed and accomplish our mission. The Poker Players Alliance also receives donations from the Interactive Gaming Council, but the heart and soul of our organization is the millions of American poker enthusiasts who live, work and vote across the country. Our supporters share our goal to establish favorable laws to provide players a secure, safe, and regulated place to play. Together, we can promote the game and keep this recreational activity free from unreasonable government intervention.

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3. Why should I join the Poker Players Alliance?

The government is threatening to take away our right to play poker online, at home, in bars or taverns, and even at charity events across the country. Look no further than the April 15, 2011 Department of Justice crackdown on Internet poker that has prevented millions of Americans for accessing well-known online poker web sites. The government even seized players monies, even though players have committed NO crimes. Thankfully the player community has stood up to this government overreach and monies will be returned, however, our freedom to play online remains in jeopardy.

The Poker Players Alliance is committed to defending our rights as poker players. On your behalf, we will promote and protect poker through advocacy work in Washington, D.C., and throughout the nation. The Poker Players Alliance will represent our rights as poker players and provide thoughtful legislation to protect the game.

But we can’t do this alone. The Poker Players Alliance needs you to join with us to strengthen our voice. Together we can educate our lawmakers, fight prohibitory legislation, and DEMAND the protections necessary to guarantee our freedom to enjoy poker at the tables and online.

Our goal is to organize poker players to impact public policy and convince legislators to protect the American tradition embodied in the game of poker. The Poker Players Alliance is not only interested in raising money to support advocacy, we’re also committed to empowering our members to communicate their views to elected officials.

The PPA also offers tremendous benefits for membership, including access to online discounts that you can only get for being a proud PPA member. Click here to learn more.

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4. Is playing poker legal in the United States?

Generally, playing poker in a social setting in one’s home is legal in most, but not all, states. Some states permit playing social games of poker in taverns and bars, while very few states allow commercial poker games.

Increasingly, however, government officials have undertaken “crackdowns” on the playing of poker in traditional settings, including at charity events. These stories are detailed in the News section of this Web site.

The Internet poses separate issues. There is currently no federal law that prohibits anyone from playing poker online. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, does not change any federal gambling laws and does not make it illegal for people to play on the Internet (Note: some states do have laws, like Washington St. which have criminal penalties for online play). However, on April 15, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice upped the ante and has shut down some of the leading global online poker providers. This has effectively cut-off US poker players to these sites and seriously restricted the rights of Americans to play online poker.

For more information about your state visit our legal resources page. Click here to learn more.

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5. How do I make my voice heard?

First, please join the Poker Players Alliance. Our strength is in our numbers. Your contribution helps us continue our efforts to reach other poker players.

Second, this Web site provides special tools that allow you to identify and contact your respective state and federal representatives, as well as reach local news media. Your voice is important. Reaching out to your respective legislators will help ensure fair consideration of the issues in Washington and in state capitals. It is important to let decision makers know that you enjoy playing poker and that you should have the right to play in the forum of your choice. Click here to learn more.

Next, become active in our forums. This is a great place to connect with your fellow poker players and learn about actions you can take to defend the game. Click here to go to the forums.

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6. I want to be more active in the efforts to keep poker legal, what can I do?

The PPA has volunteer State Directors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Our State Directors are forming State Committees to help them with our collaborative grassroots efforts on a local, state and national level. If you want to be more active contacting your State Director is a great first step. Click here to volunteer.

We also believe that “word of mouth” is the best way to introduce people to the PPA. If you are a member of a social network, please add the PPA:

  1. Facebook
  2. Friendfeed
  3. Myspace
  4. Youtube
  5. Twitter

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7. What kind of legislation does the Poker Players Alliance support?

For information about the bills supported by the PPA in the U.S. Congress please click here.

For information about state bills please click here.

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8. Why does the Poker Players Alliance believe that poker is a game of skill?

Poker is a game of skill. Such a belief is shared among many academics, legal scholars, opinion leaders, and the editors of daily newspapers who have devoted weekly columns to the game.

Poker involves mathematics, psychology, assessing competition, and money management. In fact, numerous authors and academics have drawn analogies between poker and other endeavors that involve strategic thinking.

A good litmus test in determining whether a game is predominantly a game of skill or a game of chance is the answer to the question: “Who are the top players of this game in the world?” For poker, someone could name the top five or 10 poker players in the world. But if the question asks for the top roulette players or bingo players, answers would not come as easily because a skilled player and a non-skilled player have the exact same likelihood of winning those games.

The Poker Players Alliance has successfully argued that poker is a game of skill in several states. To view our latest amicus brief which outlines why poker is a game of skill click here.

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9. How do I change or update my membership information (address, phone, email, etc.)?

Login to your PPA Online account and then you will see a “Profile” link in your “PPA Member Login” box. Click the “Profile” link, and you will be taken to your account page.

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10. Who can I contact at the PPA if I have not received my membership packet in the mail, am having trouble with my online benefits, or have general questions about the organization?

Simply send an email to [email protected] with your question and PPA membership number and someone will be in touch with you soon.

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11. Who can I contact if I am concerned about my own gambling?

Problem gambling is an illness that strikes people from all walks of life, but it can be treated. If you think you may have a gambling problem, or know of someone who does, please contact Problem Gamblers Helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide information on available treatment and support groups in your area for both the gambler and those affected by the gambler’s problem. All calls are completely confidential.

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12. Where can I get information about treatment for problem gambling?

Please click here to see the Responsible Poker section. You can also access the National Center for Responsible Gaming at www.NCRG.org.

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13. What information do you need about me?

We request only your full name, postal address, daytime phone number, and e-mail address.

Your personal information is used for the purposes of:

* Ensuring the delivery of the membership materials and newsletters;
* Informing you of legislative actions; and
* Internal administration.

Your information is only shared with third parties for the purpose of sending the membership materials and providing you online membership benefits. We also use a third party, CapWiz, to facilitate your ability to communicate with members of Congress.

The Poker Players Alliance does not, under any circumstances, sell or give away information about our members or visitors. We have a very strict privacy policy that we adhere to and we regard all information about our members as confidential.

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