Take Action: Fight Back Against Online Poker Prohibition Effort

Thanks to those who took action. Thousands of letters and tweets were sent to Congress voicing your opinion.

If you haven't yet done so, it's not too late. Take action today!

We need your help to defeat online poker prohibition bills introduced by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (S. 2159) & U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz (H.R. 4301)

Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Jason Chaffetz — allying with the "Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling" – have introduced federal legislation to ban online poker throughout the nation, including the three states that have already licensed and regulated Internet poker. 

These bills would expand the Wire Act of 1961 – a bill that obviously never contemplated the Internet - to prohibit state-level licensing and regulation of online poker and other online betting, making Washington D.C. politicians the decision makers. This is a misguided prohibition, plain and simple. Prohibition protects no one. It’s imperative that you take time today to remind your elected officials that licensing and regulation is the way to protect consumers. 

Make your voice be heard! Take these actions TODAY! 

1. Email Your Congressional Lawmakers
2. Send Tweets to Congress
3. Call your Representative and Both Senators
4. Meet your Representative and Both Senators
5. Share This Page
6. Join the PPA

1. Email Your Congressional Lawmakers

Sending an email is a quick and easy way to make your voice heard. In just 60 seconds, you can send this pre-filled, fully editable letter to your representative and both of your senators, urging them to oppose an online poker prohibition.

Latest Messages Sent - Thousands Already Sent, Join the Fight!

2. Send Tweets to Congress - Updated (04/21/2014)

S. 2159 and H.R. 4301 have been referred to the Judiciary Committees in the House and Senate. The members of these committees need to be some the first to hear from the poker community. Please take a moment to tweet each member of the Committee. This is a FAST and EFFECTIVE way of getting our message out that an Internet poker prohibition is bad public policy.

Latest Tweets - Thousands Already Tweeted, Join the Fight!

3. Call your Representative and Both Senators

Calling your lawmaker’s office is free, easy and a great way to express your opinion about Internet poker.

1. Simply, enter your ZIP Code and click "Go" (this will open a new window) or click here for other searches.

2. Click the name of your Member of Congress

3. Click "Contact" tab for office numbers

4. Respectfully tell the staff member who answers the phone that:

  • I am a constituent, voter, and poker enthusiast.
  • Please oppose S 2159 (if calling Senators) or HR 4301 (if calling your Reps.)
  • Prohibition is bad public policy and will not protect consumers.
  • Please support the rights of states and regulation of online poker.
  • Thank you

- If calling after normal office hours, M-F 9am – 5pm, please leave a voicemail

- After your call, click here to let us know how the call went. This is important for tracking calls to Members of Congress.

Recent Call and Comment:

G. from CA called Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez on 4/21/2014: "Staffer was happy to take the call, noted my opposition to HR 4301. Thanked me for the call. Gave no indication one way or the other on the issue."

4. Meet your Representative and Both Senators

There is no greater form of advocacy than a face-to-face meeting with your lawmaker or their staff. The next recess for Congress where lawmakers will be home working in their state and district offices will be Aug 4, 2014 - Sept 5, 2014. Call their office and schedule a meeting for this upcoming recess period or find out if there is a public event you can attend. You can also go the office during normal business hours (without and appointment) and leave a packet of information. We've made it easy for you to meet your lawmaker. Click the links below and make a plan today!

  • Schedule an appointment
  • Attend a Public Appearance
    • Call the local office of your Representative and Senators and ask if they have any upcoming public appearances (i.e. Town hall meeting, ribbon cutting ceremony, etc.)

      Go to the public meeting and talk directly with your lawmaker about the issue. Feel free to bring these talking points.

  • District Office "Drop Off"
    • Feel free to just stop by your lawmaker's district offices during normal business hours and leave this packet of information with the receptionist along with your contact information.

      It doesn't hurt to ask if the lawmaker or a member of his staff would be available for an impromptu meeting. If not, just leave the materials behind and promise to follow-up.

      Remember, as a taxpayer, this is your office too!

Recent Visit and Summary:

"Dr. Steve Friedlander took the time to meet with Utah Senator Mike Lee's office. Senator Lee is cosponsoring the ban bill, but that did not deter Dr. Friedlander. To the contrary…the good doctor knew the Senator needed to hear from the poker community. He was able to share, professionally and respectfully, many reasons Senator Lee should reconsider his position. Dr. Friedlander then followed up with a well-written letter that summarized the discussion."

5. Share this Page on Your Social Media and Forward to Friends

Please spread the word about this page to your local poker buddies, card rooms, and related poker organizations. The poker community and its supporters rank in the millions, and if you can help create awareness and generate additional support, it will have incredible impact in government.

Or Feel Free to use these Share Functions

6. Join the PPA

We can't win the fight for your poker rights without the proper financial support of the poker community. Whether you live in New Jersey, or New Mexico, being a 2014 PPA member is the smart bet for the future of the game. Join or renew today for only $15.00 and receive great benefits of membership.