Florida Poker Players Rights in Jeopardy

THIS is LONG, but it is IMPORTANT! If you live and play poker in Florida, please read and take action.

Florida poker players must take action, NOW! Following is an email I sent this morning to my state House Representative asking that he NOT support the proposed Florida  HB 1441, which is an effort to establish licensed and regulated intra-state Internet poker in Florida

Bottom line:
 
If HB1441 passes, it would effectively create
an anti-competitive monopoly
for Internet poker in Florida.

Following is the email I sent to my Florida House Representative this morning. Feel free to use it as a model for your email:

"I am a voter and a poker player who lives in your state House district. I care about my right to play online poker and I am very concerned about HB 1441, Internet Poker Consumer Protection & Revenue Generation Act of 2010, which if passed would restrict my rights as a consumer and a poker player.

While I support efforts to license and regulate Internet poker, such as those being debated in the U.S. Congress, I am troubled that the legislation being discussed in Florida would limit my online choices and create an anti-competitive monopoly for Internet poker in this state. This is not only troubling for me as a consumer, but it would be disastrous for the state. The undesirable monopoly model will not attract the critical mass of players needed to generate the expected revenue for Florida. Instead, any state legislation should find a way to capitalize on the current, robust marketplace of Internet poker sites to maximize revenue while at the same time providing the strong consumer protections afforded through regulation.

I respectfully ask you to carefully consider my objections to HB 1441, and I look forward to hearing about your position."

If you want more, the following came from Poker Players Alliance this morning:

Background

"First, what does “intra-state” poker mean? Today, when you play online poker you compete with other players from across the United States and the world. Essentially, you are part of a global network of millions of poker players. Under Florida bill HB 1441, your access would become limited to poker games only with other Florida residents. Ultimately, this means fewer players, fewer games, fewer stakes/limits and less opportunity for you to play poker how you want, when you want.

Of equal concern, HB 1441 would seek to eliminate play on the various Internet poker brand-names you know and play with today and replace them with a state-controlled monopoly provider of Internet poker in Florida. So, not only would you have less players to test your poker skills against, but you would be forced to play on the state-sanctioned, Florida-only, poker network. From a consumer standpoint this is a definite step in the wrong direction: it limits choice, destroys the competitive marketplace and dramatically reduces the need to provide player incentives like rakeback and bonuses.

To be clear, the PPA does not oppose State-based licensing and regulation of Internet poker. We strongly believe that a regulated marketplace will provide a better experience for the Internet player. In fact, that is why we have invested so much time and so many resources to push the U.S. Congress to enact a sensible federal policy of licensing and regulation. We are concerned, however, when state proposals like the one being contemplated in Florida seek to cut Internet players off from the rest of the world and limit their choice in the marketplace.

What You Can Do!

Florida poker players must let their elected officials know where they stand. Please take these two very important actions now by calling and emailing your state House Representative."

 
Please take action and call and email your state House Representative now.
 
Thank you,
 
Donna Blevins
Poker Coach and Professional Speaker

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6 Responses to Florida Poker Players Rights in Jeopardy

  1. Pamela S. WynnNo Gravatar March 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

    We are going regulation-crazy in Florida, Donna. Even if you are NOT a poker-player, this ridiculous legislation should be of concern to Florida residents.

    • Donna BlevinsNo Gravatar March 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

      You’re right, Pamela! Every Florida resident should be concerned and take action. This type of legislation is based on fear rather than common sense. Donna

  2. zedmaster84No Gravatar March 9, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    hello Donna, first of thanks for this info and can I publish this information along with your email to the house rep on our website (Pokerspace)? just found it on Facebook and think we defo have to step up and do something against this ridiculous attempts to regulate our right to play online poker

    • Donna BlevinsNo Gravatar March 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

      Yes, you may publish the info. Thank you! Just sent you an email confirmation. Donna

  3. JenniferCeceliaNo Gravatar June 27, 2010 at 2:04 pm #

    The good news would mean that the money lost would not leave the State. We need to keep Florida money in Florida, especially when employment is down….

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