On Regulation

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Regulation, Not Prohibition

Poker is a pastime. It’s a profession. It’s wagering, a skill game, gambling, sporting competition. It can teach and hone life skills, but sometimes hurt one’s wallet. It is popular throughout the world, in homes, poker rooms, casinos and online. Ofttimes, it warrants the attention of law enforcement or social services. There are laws in nearly every jurisdiction to prohibit, limit or regulate poker, which laws often lack clarity of intent.

With the advent of the online version of poker in the beginning of the 21st century, and the subsequent explosion of popularity around the world, the need to clarify existing laws became eminent. While some political factions and special interest groups prefer prohibition and law enforcement to curtail participation in online poker, its popularity demands a more forward-thinking approach of licensing and regulation.

To that end, I have prepared several documents for the creation and implementation of licensing and regulation of online poker in the U.S. The goal is to achieve regulatory oversight of poker gaming which ensures fair and honest games and protects players against harmful activities, persons and policies. I present these documents here towards the benefit of poker players everywhere, and invite industry leaders and politicians to use these documents as a pathway to honest games with proper player protections:

The Internet Wagering Citizens Protection Act – a model legislative bill for online poker in the U.S.

Guideline for Online Poker Regulations – a detailed analysis and sample regulatory provisions for the regulations necessary to provide proper player protections.

Internet Poker Site Code of Conduct – a set of conduct promises for online poker sites to follow.

Alert Re: Iovation Inc. – a special alert regarding bad actors in the online poker industry.