..

FairPlayUSA Incorporates Poker Players, Law Enforcement, Tom Ridge and MGM Funding

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Jul/27/2011
FairPlayUSA Online Poker

What an awesome concept:  Get together poker players, law enforcement officials and initial funding from Caesars and MGM.  Have the First Secretary of Homeland Security, Republican Tom Ridge, on your board of advisors.  It’s FairPlayUSA, the newest grassroots organization to whose goal it is to "educate policymakers and the public on the need to regulate online poker".

FairPlayUSA also has among its board of advisors poker pro Greg “Fossilman” Raymer and Child and Consumer Safety Expert Parry Aftab.

But before you get too excited, FairPlayUSA is not exactly an independent organization like say The Poker Players Alliance or iMEGA.org.  FairPlayUSA acts as a mechanism for MGM to boost support for legalized Internet poker.  And not everybody in the online poker community seems willing to embrace MGM.

FairPlayUSA appeared suddenly on the Two Plus Two message boards on Tuesday touting their agenda.  They were quickly called out for painting themselves as a non-profit organization.   This is the same Two Plus Two gang that has ripped into the PPA in recent months for what was perceived to be an all too comfy relationship with recently indicted PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

Still, FairPlayUSA’s entry into the “Legalize Online Poker in the USA” arena probably can’t hurt, regardless of what entities might be backing it.  Who know Tom Ridge felt Internet poker should be legalized?  The Homeland Security Department he oversaw on Day 1 of its implementation is now being used to start phone payment processing centers in the USA as a means to seize funds of Web gambling operators. 

One astute reader of the Two Plus Two forum had this to offer:

“I'm particularly upset by the fact that greg Raymer said in post #2 that he had done "due diligence" on FairPlay USA, which turns out to have been a simple astroturf effort paid for by Caesar's and MGM.

“Caesar's and MGM have a long history of being hostile to player interests with regard to online poker. Raymer should know that, and, if he had actually done due diligence, would have been able to determine that Caesar's and MGM are behind FairPlay USA.

“So I can't help but think Greg Raymer sold us out to a certain extent just to get a consulting fee or whatever from FairPlay USA and/or Caesars/MGM.”

The poster also noted the following related to the consultancy group purported to be behind FairPlayUSA: 

“Frankly, there is no reason to read this thread at this point. Marisa McNee of Middle Coast LLC is a media consultant hired by Caesar's and MGM to create a fictional "coalition," to dupe people into supporting Caesar's and MGM's corporate interests under the guise of "protecting children" and having "safe" internet gambling, and she refuses to admit it.

- Chris Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

Poker News

Special Agents Crypto Fentanyl Sales Warnings Come at Dark Time for Poker Sector

Special Agents Crypto Fentanyl Sales Warnings Come at Dark Time for Poker Sector

Speaking at last week's CoinGeek Times Square conference Special Agent IRS Criminal Investigation, Richard Reinhardt, warned of the illicit sale of the drug Fentanyl through the blockchain causing countless number of deaths and, just one week later, we learn that poker pro Layne Flack was the latest victim of this scourge.

Gambling 911 World Exclusive: Poker Pro Layne Flack Died of Drug Overdose

Gambling 911 World Exclusive: Poker Pro Layne Flack Died of Drug Overdose

The story that everyone in the poker world is talking about as Gambling 911 confirms the beloved player died of a combination of fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine intoxication.

Phil Hellmuth at This Year's WSOP: "I Think I'm Going to Burn This F***ing Place Down if I Don't Win"

Phil Hellmuth at This Year's WSOP: "I Think I'm Going to Burn This F***ing Place Down if I Don't Win"

"Unrelentingly", "Unacceptably", "Unspeakably": Words being lodged at poker pro Phil Hellmuth this week.  Most of the words being used to describe him we don't dare publish on this family friendly site.

New Chucky Series Coming to Netflix: Will Star Poker Pro Actress Jennifer Tilly

New Chucky Series Coming to Netflix: Will Star Poker Pro Actress Jennifer Tilly

Most in the poker world know Jennifer Tilly as one of the best female poker players, but the rest of the world knows her as none other than the Bride of Chucky.

Americas Cardroom Relaunches Million Dollar Sundays

Americas Cardroom Relaunches Million Dollar Sundays

The tournament features a $1 Million guaranteed prize pool and satellites start at just $2

Syndicate