This afternoon, Representative Barney Frank introduced House Resolution 2046. If this resolution passes, it will lift the prohibition on online poker playing. It is an effort to change the perception of Congress towards online poker.
Currently, the laws are going into effect that make it illegal for any banking institution in the United States to provide, or transfer payment for any money that is won online during the playing of online poker. It is also illegal for banking institution is the United States to transfer money into an account that would be used for online poker playing.
Ever since the prohibition was put into effect, both the online and live action poker communities have been trying to have the law reversed as it pertains to poker. The initial laws were put into effect to counter the losses that many Americans had experience while gambling online.
The poker communities have tried to get the point across that online poker, as with live poker, is more of a game of skill, then a game of chance. They have pointed to the fact that more people win money by improving their skills at the game.
The poker communities have also pointed to the fact that money lost from one player goes to another player. Unlike online gambling, the lost money does not go to the house (website).
While many online poker companies have since gone out of business, sites like FullTiltPoker and PokerStars have rallied for support for the repeal or modification of certain laws that effect the online poker community. These sites have even offered incentives for customers that sign up for the Poker Players Alliance.
One of the goals of the Poker Players Alliance has been to push awareness in both the poker community and in Congress that poker is not a game of chance, but a game of skill. Apparently, with the introduction of House Resolution 2046, that effort is paying off.
Representative Barney Frank has been a supporter of the actions to modify the current laws that pertain to online gambling. He believes that poker should not have been included in the original laws.
He has told reporters that, “The existing legislation is an inappropriate interference on the personal freedom of Americans and this interference should be undone.”
There is currently a push by the Poker Players Alliance to have their members contact their local Congressional Representative to add their name to this resolution. This might be the beginning of the end for the prohibition on playing poker online for money.