In September of 2011 the Poker Players Alliance submitted an online petition to the Obama Administration on behalf of poker which was signed by nearly 10,000 poker players. On May 20 Brian Deese Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, said in a press release issued on behalf the White House...
"The rapid and anonymous nature of the internet distinguishes online games from onsite games, such as those in casinos, and creates distinct challenges. For example, there are many means of technologically circumventing restrictions on online gambling that can allow individuals from countries where gambling is illegal — or even minors — to play using real currency. Online games also have greater potential for fraud because gambling websites are much cheaper and easier to establish than on-site locations, and like telemarketing scams, can appear and disappear overnight. Finally, online gambling can be used in money laundering schemes because of the volume, speed, anonymity, and international reach made possible by internet transactions. The Administration will continue to examine this issue and is open to solutions that would help guard against the use of online gambling sites as tools for conducting illegal activities or preying on unsuspecting individuals to the extent that online gambling is permitted. Thank you once again for signing the online petition. We appreciate hearing your opinions and look forward to hearing from you again soon."
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