On November 10th, 2007, the main focus on Washington, D.C. is on online poker. At 10:00 a.m., the House Judiciary Committee convened a special hearing intent on establishing uniform policies regarding online betting.
The hearing also discussed the different things that are affecting online poker. Some of the organizations that have attended the meeting are known political parties as well as officials from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury and the World Trade Organization.
A statement on the online site of the < a href="http://www.pokerroom.cd">Poker Player Alliance also stated that poker pro Annie Duke also attended the meeting to represent the poker circuit during the meeting. This comes after the PPA meeting in the capital about three weeks ago, which have seen both poker players and house representatives to discuss the UIGEA or the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act and how it can be modified.
PPA Executive Director John Pappas commented that the meeting was the result of the October meeting. Pappas commented that Representative John Conyers, who is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was impressed with the arguments and that he would present it to his committee for review. He added that it has been a good opportunity to discussed all of the gambling laws especially with the WTO Case and others.
PPA Chairman and former Senator Alfonse D'Amato commented that Conyers' hearing is a vital step toward informing the congress about the problems regarding the UIGEA. D'Amato said that the UIGEA is just a bad legislation. The meeting was held in the Capitol Hill at 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and it has been opened to the public. Pappas encouraged poker players in Washington to attend the meeting.