Poker Players Alliance To Testify At Pennsylvania Online Gambling Hearing
John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, is scheduled to testify at the Pennsylvania House hearing on online gambling this week. After being cancelled last month, the hearing of the House Gaming Oversight Committee has been rescheduled.
Along with Pappas, a representative from Penn National Gaming and a lobbyist for online gambling and DFS from Illinois have provide testimony. Their goal is to tout the benefits of online poker and gaming for the state in an effort to push the Pennsylvania Senate into action before the end of 2016. Additional lobbyists and online gambling advocates could be added before the hearing begins.
Pappas will reportedly be bringing his knowledge of consumer protections to the bench. Pappas tweeted out about the hearing on Monday, saying “I will be testifying in PA on Wed's to urge the state to pass an ipoker bill this year. Delaying the bill is bad policy and bad politics.”
In his testimony Pappas is expected to demonstrate how prohibition is not working. As he has done in numerous talks of this kind in the past, Pappas will use examples of defunct illegal operators who have stiffed consumers, and how regulation is necessary to for age verification and other gambling safeguards.
Penn National will also bring essential information to the hearing. The group has compiled their own internal report on online gambling revenue estimates. In the past they have presented the argument that online gambling will not harm brick-and-mortar gaming, but provide a “vital tool” for their evolution.