November 03, 2011 06:06 ET

What You Need to Know About FairPlay USA, Reports

Post Black Friday, the atmosphere in the US online gambling circuit has been tense. FairPlay USA has been formed as a result, to push the US to legalize online gambling

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2011) - With online gambling in the USA currently lying in shambles, the government is under fierce pressure on the issue of legalizing online gaming. Several businesses and lawmakers are pushing the government to legalize online gambling in the country so that many of the well known poker pros can continue to play poker online for real money. As a result, FairPlay USA, an organization that aims to aid the ongoing struggle to legalize online gaming in the US, has been formed, reports.

With its base in Washington DC, FairPlay USA involves members from across the country seeking to push the government to legalize online gaming as well as to sensitize lawmakers about the flaws in the current legislation. Current members include people from varied fields like consumer protection experts and law enforcement officials along with commercial gaming companies and poker players in the country. Eminent members in the organization include Parry Aftab, Executive Director of, the world's biggest online safety organization and Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania Governor.

The organization has launched its own online website, and also has a petition where supporters can make their thoughts known to the Congress. FairPlay USA's executive director, Marisa McNee, explains that the website will serve as a focal point to recruit and organize supporters, and that the online petition will enable their voices to be heard in the Congress. She also stated that the website is directed towards the lawmakers, supporters of online consumer safety and the vast number of Americans who play poker online for money. Protecting consumer interests and ensuring child safety are other legislatory aspects that FairPlay USA is focusing on.

The organization has also published on the site a list of ten principles which it considers imperative to online gaming in the US. Among them are suggestions to introduce a regulatory framework for the enforcement and licensing of online poker. The organization has also suggested that license operators should provide real money poker sites with problem gambling controls that will effectively control playing time, deposit amounts, wagers etc. FairPlay USA has already won the support of other poker organizations like Poker Players Alliance.

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