December 11, 2009 (CAP Newswire) — In last week’s hearing in the U.S. Congress regarding the potential regulation of online poker, the main piece of data to emerge seems to be the fact that those lawmakers opposed to regulating online poker claim to fear the risks of fraud.
That seems a bit counter-intuitive — if the risk is so great, after all, it would seem to present a need for more regulation, not less. On these grounds, some pro-online poker groups are debating the charge.
The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), often at the forefront of issues of legalizing online poker in the United States, has issued a formal letter of response stating the reasons why the Republican legislators’ claims are not valid.
“Every concern the letter raises is better addressed by licensing and regulation than by prohibition,” states PPA Executive Director John Pappas in a press release. “The letter misconstrues much about the current state of online poker, but it does so in a way that clearly makes the case for why federal oversight is necessary.”