In conjunction with that, Rich Muny had me on his podcast, Poker Advocacy. You can listen to the whole show HERE. My part starts around 15:30, right after former New York Senator Alfonse D’Amato. The PPA chairman wasn’t on the program for long, but he optimistically estimated a fifty percent chance for federal poker legislation in 2013.
I had a lot of fun talking about poker advocacy with Rich. We discussed the impact of Black Friday, which ultimately caused me to leave the US. He gave me ample opportunity to plug my new advocacy-related site, Poker Is A Skill, which was much appreciated. I turned it around and asked him some questions about what would be the most effective way for us to influence Congress.
He made one really interesting point which I hadn’t considered. Our goal in contacting Congress en masse is not to convince Senators and Representatives that passing The Online Poker Act is the best thing to do. Our goal is simply to show them what we want and how many of us there are. In 2006, Congress assumed that the American people were against online poker. While there are surely those who oppose all forms of gaming, they’re the ones in the minority. Most people want freedom, and it’s our job to make that message clear.