At a roundtable panel discussion last week, The Poker Players Alliance, a grassroots organization of more than 20,000 American poker players, renewed its objection to online gambling prohibition, highlighting a new survey by ICR market research that finds nearly 75 percent of Americans oppose moves by Congress to ban Internet poker.
"The new poll results are a clear illustration of the public’s feelings on this issue. Simply put, people don’t want their member of Congress telling them what they can and cannot do in their own home — especially when it comes to a game that’s as all-American as jazz or basketball," said Michael Bolcerek, president of the Poker Players Alliance.
Three of the biggest names in poker — Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson and Greg Raymer — and Radley Balko of the Cato Institute, joined Bolcerek on the panel, each explaining why efforts to ban online gambling are misguided.
"We are here today to speak about the growing threat to poker as it relates to the online game," said Bolcerek. "We are here to defend the game and express our opposition to Congress’ efforts to kill the sport and restrict our civil liberties."
The Poker Players Alliance is a non- profit organization advocating on behalf of American poker players.
The survey was conducted on March 29 by ICR, an independent market research supplier located in Media, Pennsylvania. The results reflect a randomly selected group of 964 adults. Those selected were read a series of questions and asked to respond with "yes," "no," or "I don’t know."
The survey also revealed that 66% of Americans believe the federal government should not manage their gambling on the Internet.