FairPlayUSA Formed to Push for Legal Online Gambling in the US
Brick and mortar casinos were opposed to online casinos and poker rooms initially but the industry had done an about face in recent years, now seeing online gambling as a way of adding desperately needed profit and growth to their bottom lines.
FairPlayUSA has attracted some prominent and diverse names to its board so far, including Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor and Homeland Security secretary, former FBI director Louis Freeh, and past WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer.
The group has stated that it sees its mission more as education and outreach than traditionally lobbying, with one of its first goals to pass legislation to crackdown on unregulated websites that continue to flaunt US law and eventually legalize online gambling in a safe, regulated environment.
Several US states have debated online poker bills in the last year while the District of Columbia was the first area to pass a bill to allow online casinos and poker rooms; the DC efforts have stalled, however, at the implementation stage, with the launch of online games now pushed back at least into 2010.