Annie Duke Comments on National Poker Week.

Annie Duke Comments on National Poker Week.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

As part of National Poker Week, the seven-day period set up by the PPA as they lobby against the UIGEA and other anti-poker measures, Annie Duke appeared as part of a charity tournament benefiting the USO of Metropolitan Washington.

Said Annie on her meeting with Congressional staff: “I had two meetings with allies. Those are, “Thank you. We really appreciate your support.” I had two other meetings, one with Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and one with Patrick Leahy (D-VT), who has traditionally been very anti-gambling because Vermont really doesn’t want casinos. It was a lot of explaining the differences between casino gambling and internet gambling and talking about some of the judiciary committees. The meeting wasn’t with him; it was with one of his aides, but the aides are very powerful.

“It’s definitely different than a year and a half ago. Then, it was a lot of education and telling people what the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) is. Now, I think people are much more familiar with the legislation’s problems. They realize that it’s a piece of legislation that doesn’t work. It’s fortuitous timing with the health care reform because you get to talk about how it’s going to get paid for. When you point out that internet gambling can bring in a conservative estimate of $3 billion per year, they listen.”

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