The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) thinks that the Internet Gambling Regulation Enforcement Act of 2013 is the bee's knees. The "grassroots poker advocacy group with more than one million members nationwide" said that the bill sponsored by Representative Peter King (R-NY) protects Americans' freedom to play poker online and helps to stop a "patchwork of state laws" that limit player pools and provides consumer protection on a national level.
The bill allows states to license "intra-state online poker and casino style games under appropriate federal regulatory oversight," according to the group. "On behalf of the PPA membership and millions of poker players in the United States, I thank Congressman King for his commitment to protecting Americans’ freedom to play poker on the Internet," said former Senator Alfonse D’Amato, chairman of the PPA. "States are already moving to regulate online gaming. In order to avoid a patchwork of state laws that limit player pools and provides consumer protections only to Americans in those states, it is time for Congress to step up and pass federal legislation."
The bill requires states to be certified by the U.S. Department of Treasury to license potential operators but can choose to participate in the national online gaming market without becoming a licensing agent; authorizes federal funding to address gambling addiction; gives states the freedom to opt-out of Internet gaming and allows for them to establish their own intra-state online gaming regimes; calls for mandatory implementation of technologies to protect against underage gambling; allows equal access to licenses for all providers, including Indian tribes and lotteries; alls for regulators to determine the suitability of online operators when evaluating license applications; and offers standards to thwart fraud, abuse and cheating to ensure fair games for customers.
Delaware, New Jersey, and Nevada already have their own laws pertaining to online gambling.