The United States has finally reduced its strict stance on online gambling and online poker based on the recent reports in the news, much to the delight of online poker enthusiasts throughout the nation. In its recent newsletter, the Poker Players Alliance welcomed these changes and says one of the main reasons for the relaxation of the strict gambling laws was because of constant player activism and campaigns to reinstate the online gambling throughout the nation.
The PPA which is an active lobbying group in the U.S that represents online poker interests and regular poker players, had Rich Muny pen an interesting article in its latest newsletter. Muny who is the vice president of player relations wrote
Being organized allowed us to have strong lobbyists fighting for us on the Hill. Our letters, phone calls, and social media grassroots activism gave them the ammo they needed for their fight, while the lobbying effort gave us our voice on Capitol Hill. The synergy did not end there. As we increased the likelihood of online poker becoming authorized in the U.S., supporting us became +EV for other interests, including U.S.-based potential providers, state lotteries, some tribal interests, and others. Thus, rather than opposing us, our efforts helped bring many stakeholders over to the side of the poker community
The PPA also expressed its thanks for those poker players and poker enthusiasts who had taken the time to voice their opinions to their respective legislators and federal officials who are now looking to see if online poker can be established as a regulated and respected industry in the nation.
Muny thanked those poker players who have made their opinions known to as online poker attempts to gain a foothold as a regulated industry in the U.S. Muny also informed readers that
The PPA had earlier worked with many of the pro-poker lawmakers to introduce legislation. While the early bills were huge underdogs, they helped us to lay the foundation for our fight by giving us a platform upon which we could make our case and demonstrate support for our game on Capitol Hill, in statehouses across the country, and in the mainstream media
While it is true that the emphasis on poker advocacy has been one of the major reasons why some of the states in the country have started to approve online gaming laws, the states also realize the enormous earning potential there is to be gained by legalizing online poker in the state.