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PPA Reacts to Kentucky Situation

September 24, 2008 (InfoPowa News) — John Pappas, executive director of the more than one million-member Poker Players Alliance (PPA), has issued a statement in regards to legal action taken by the Commonwealth to seize the domain names of Internet gambling websites.

"The Poker Players Alliance is outraged at the actions taken by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and the Franklin County Circuit Court to seize the domain names of Internet gambling websites," the statement reads. "We believe this action not only unduly restricts the freedom of Kentucky residents to play games of skill such as poker online, but sets a precedent for censorship of the Internet by force.

"Many of Governor Beshear's arguments — that online poker is illegal, unregulated, and without a mechanism to capture tax revenue — are false. Online poker is not illegal under Kentucky law, is regulated in its home jurisdiction, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky chose not to license and regulate poker websites.

"If the Governor truly wants to implement tighter regulations, taxation mechanisms, and consumer protections on Internet gambling, the PPA suggests he publicly support federal legislation by U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, H.R. 2460, which would achieve those goals.

"Poker is a game of skill, a true American pastime and has a proud heritage in Kentucky. Simply because the game has evolved into the 21st Century, it should not be treated as suspect activity.  Forcefully and secretly seizing control of websites that offer online poker games is not a sound public policy or a sound legal solution."