Online Poker Finds Surprising Support At
January 15, 2022
President-elect Barack Obama wants to know what issues regular Americans care about, and one of the main ones, surprisingly enough, seems to be regulating online poker.

Poker players, perhaps more used to being ignored, abused, or even treated as criminals, found surprising support recently at - the incoming president's popular pre-presidential website.

On the site, Barack Obama's transition team is currently polling American's through what they are calling a "Citizen's Briefing Book," in order to ascertain what the people want Obama to focus on during his first four year term. Not only is regulating internet poker listed as one of the issues people care about, it's currently in the top ten - with more comments than any of the other thousands of suggestions so far listed on the site.

The complete suggestion, as it appears on

Boost America's Economy with Legal Online Poker

Let online poker players in the United States play legally and without fear of prosecution. Reform the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act to exempt poker, a game of skill, from the law. Boost the economy by letting American companies and Ameican players make money and pay taxes instead of sending online poker businesses offshore. Protect online poker players by regulating the industry to ensure that no one is ever cheated.

-Suggestion for Obama, as posted by AAHue 1/12/09

AAHue's well written, succinct post, appears to have significant support and momentum, and at this point seems certain to be at the very least, read by Obama - at a time when he will be looking for low cost economic solutions. To help keep that momentum going, head to, and do your part to encourage this real world solution.

Story by Mark Anderson
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