We all know that in the United States the power in Washington often comes from the active presence of lobbies and lobbyist. We do the best we can to elect the politicians who we hope will represent our views and then they head off to Washington where the lobbyist go to work. So, sometimes the best answer to this is to find some lobbyist to represent your needs in Washington DC. And that’s currently what’s happening in the online casino industry.
A new online gambling lobby has formed under the name of FairPlayUSA. According to FairPlayUSA, their mission is to educate both the public and government on the need for reform for federal Internet gambling regulation. They aren’t against regulation or laws that will help protect consumers from unfair gambling practices and help prevent under-aged gambling. But they also want people to understand that this protection can happen without taking away the rights of adults to play at online casinos. Apparently they’ll start with online poker since that is probably the easiest part of online gambling to get support behind. Not just because it can be argued that poker is a game of skill as much as a game of chance but because poker players already tend to be organized and focused on promoting their game of choice.
There is currently a petition out on the FairPlayUSA site that asks Congress to tackle offshore gambling, take down illegal sites, and set up regulations for legal sites. Of course that still leaves us with the issue of figuring out what is an illegal since under the current UIGEA the answer is either all of them or none of them.