Congressman Michael Grimm is one of the many proponents for online poker in a way, and its regulation in the US. Although politically there is a lot on the plates of US democratically elected officials currently, online poker also seems to be playing on their minds. Grimm has been giving the matter support in the House, and this took place on the same day as they passed the Debt Ceiling Deal.
In a press release from Grimm during which he touted FairPlayUSA, he said, and we quote ~ “As a former FBI agent, I fully support the efforts to create a strong regulatory framework for legal online poker”. However there was a lot more to the statement than just this. He also went on to say that so-called illegal online poker sites, had ties to organized crime and this is not necessarily so. However, online poker in the US does need to be properly regulated – like these sites are in the UK and Europe – in order for public policy to be correctly formulated. There are many law abiding citizens in the US who stand by their rights to play these poker online, and in principle he supports these rights.
He also stated that current laws were ambiguous, and we believe this is in reference to UIGEA. With a strong regulatory framework, the Government of the US will also have access to additional streams of revenue.
FairPlayUSA is not necessarily for the repeal of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA). Instead they would rather see that laws and regulations are more uniformly and clearly defined. They also believe that online poker laws should be promulgated at federal level to define what is considered to be illegal for online poker sites. FairPlayUSA supports the tenet that Native American tribes within specific states, should have the power to decide for themselves whether or not they will allow online poker to take place within their own borders.Written by Neha A