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NLCGS PPA Presentation

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NLCGS PPA Presentation

  1. 1. Poker Players Alliance NCLGS
  2. 2. Federal Approach to Regulation What is the PPA do we want? Prohibition No – Regulation Yes Conclusion 1 2 3 4 Problems with State by State Approach Poker in 21 st Century 5
  3. 3. What is the PPA? <ul><li>New Grassroots Organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Started 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poker Only – On-line and Off-line </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>135,000+ Members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Target 1M Members </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Media Activist </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Lobbying and Representation </li></ul><ul><li>Active Members – Writing and Calling </li></ul>
  4. 4. What does the PPA Want? <ul><li>Licensing, Regulation of Internet Poker </li></ul><ul><li>Charitable Poker Legal in 50 States </li></ul><ul><li>Regulated Terrestrial Poker in all 50 States </li></ul>
  5. 5. Prohibition No, Regulation Yes <ul><li>Prohibition produces unintended consequences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less Safeguards for Underage Gaming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less Responsible Gaming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less Financial Transparency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less Player Protections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New rogue sites in unregulated jurisdictions </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Internet Poker Knows No Bounds <ul><li>Interstate </li></ul><ul><li>International </li></ul><ul><li>PPA believes in Federal Poker Licensing and Regulation </li></ul><ul><li>State by State Regulation and Compacting Problematic </li></ul><ul><li>How do we address “States Rights”? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Regulation Yes <ul><li>Regulation is the Law for Remote Gaming in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>United Kingdom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Italy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spain </li></ul></ul><ul><li>I-Poker more easily regulated than terrestrial I-Poker </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data histories for all transactions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of On-line Databases (Financial, Drivers License, SSI) for Age, Identity, Fraud </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software Can be Audited to ensure fairness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Compliance with Regulation easily monitored </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. I-Poker Regulation Best at Federal Level <ul><li>Standardized licensing requirements to establish safeguard: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Age Verification – Standardized at 21 Years (Individual State can elect to 18) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Strength – Bonding, or Cash Reserves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Background - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsible Gaming – Education Services </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geolocation – State Boundaries are respected </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reporting – Tax and financial reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consumer Safeguards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Allow for State level opt-out for Poker </li></ul>
  9. 9. State by State Level I-Poker Regulation <ul><li>Problem: Incompatibility of standards and safeguards make state by state compliance virtually impossible – Look at state poker laws </li></ul><ul><li>Problem: Compacting process too onerous and costly to enable multi state model </li></ul><ul><li>Problem: Does not address international nature of Internet </li></ul>
  10. 10. Potential State Tax Revenues <ul><li>Poker Revenues Annually $1B+ from Regulation of I-Poker alone for States </li></ul><ul><li>Does not incorporate potential revenues from corporate income taxes, payroll taxes, etc. from domestic poker industry </li></ul><ul><li>Nice Revenue Source </li></ul>
  11. 11. New Approach for New Times <ul><li>Poker in the 21 st Century </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ One baby step in the right direction” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Creates safe venue for poker players </li></ul><ul><li>Establishes safeguards and addresses social issues </li></ul><ul><li>Provides tax revenues for States </li></ul><ul><li>States rights are addresses </li></ul>
  12. 12. Poker as American Tradition
  13. 13. Poker as New American Tradition
  14. 14. Poker Players Alliance <ul><li>Q&A </li></ul><ul><li>www.pokerplayersalliance.org </li></ul>

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