Poker Players Alliance

Poker Players Alliance: Contact Your Reps!

With momentum on the side of two separate yet identical poker bills on the floor of the Senate and Assembly in New York this year, the Poker Players Alliance says now is the time for New Yorkers to  contact their local representatives and urge them to support the idea of licensed and regulated online poker across the state.

The State Assembly’s Chairman of the Committee on Racing and Wagering and the State Senate’s Chairman of the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering have each introduced identical but separate bills to their respective branches of the government that would seek to legalize and regulate online poker in New York.

Senator John Bonacic introduced Bill S3898 to regulate online poker in February and it passed committee by an 11-0 vote on February 15. The bill is now awaiting Finance Committee approval.

Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow introduced the identical Bill A5250 to the Assembly on February 7 and told the press last week  he expects to see very little opposition going forward.

The bills would allow for up to 11 online poker licensees associated with the state’s current legalized casinos and race track and video lottery terminal operations.

Now,  the PPA is urging the New York public to contact their Assembly member, Senator and the Governor of New York to urge them to get behind these bills and bring licensed iPoker to New York.

The PPA website now includes a suggested form letter urging New York lawmakers to support the Bonacic and Pretlow bills.

“These common-sense proposals put consumers first by establishing strong protections for your constituents who choose to play poker, a game of skill, on the internet. The bills also create new and immediate revenue for our state, without raising taxes,” the letter reads.

“New Jersey is already reaping the benefits of regulated Internet poker (nearly $40 million in tax revenue raised in 2016!) and Pennsylvania is strongly considering following suit. I am hopeful you will act swiftly, so that New Yorkers don’t get left behind.”

The PPA is a non-profit membership organization representing nearly one million American poker players with the goal of establishing a safe and secure place to play poker. The organization lobbies both Federal and State governments on behalf of the poker playing public promoting public policies that will legalize and regulate poker while protecting American consumers both online and live.

A copy of the letter and information about all the PPA’s action plans in New York and across the country can be obtained through the PPA website.

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