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Topic - John Pappas
The Obama administration may have called off the game more than a year ago, but the nation's poker partisans are still looking for a deal.
The cards have gone cold on the nation's booming poker industry since the Justice Department reshuffled the deck with a stunning crackdown on online poker gambling sites.
Federal prosecutors are using aggressive new tactics against online poker companies based abroad — charging the people who provide U.S. banking and financial services to them with multibillion-dollar money laundering and wire fraud conspiracy, and seizing the websites they operate.
"The PPA and its members continue to urge Congress to quickly enact thoughtful legislation to create a licensed and regulated U.S. online poker market that restores Americans' freedom to enjoy a game of poker from their home computer," he said.
"Let's remember that Americans still remain unable to play poker with safe and secure online sites based in the U.S. — a freedom and consumer protection they should not be denied," said John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, a pro-poker organization with more than 1 million members.