"Black Friday" Anniversary

16 April 2012

One year ago, the DoJ seized the domains of several well-known online poker sites and handed down several indictments. Later it was dubbed ‘Black Friday” by the online poker industry. The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) reminded U.S. online poker players of this anniversary by putting out this video titled “the Players Will Never Fold.”

John Pappas, PPA’s executive director said,

“It’s been a full year since the rights of millions of American poker players were trampled and … we are calling on congress to reverse this wrong and reinstate our basic freedoms.”

Since that day, the PPA and the American Gaming Association (AGA) has lobbied hard against state by state online poker in favor of a federal law regulating all online poker in the United States. Frank Fahrenkopf Jr., AGA president and CEO reiterated last week why the AGA is in favor of regulation,

“As long as these sites are operating outside the reach of U.S. law enforcement and with little to no regulation, Americans who continue to patronize them will be at risk of being defrauded.”

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