Important Note: The PPA Congressional Ratings Guide will be down for updating to reflect the 112th Congress, due to such a large Freshman class, many ratings are currently unknown.
Welcome to the Poker Players Alliance Congressional Ratings Guide
A message from our Chairman...
Welcome to the Poker Players Alliance's Congressional Rating Guide for the United States Congress. This guide provides the poker community with the PPA’s assessment of how your Members of Congress stand on pro-poker legislation and initiatives.
Much has changed since October 2006 when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was signed into law. Since then, several bills have been introduced which sought to delay or clarify the UIGEA, and others have been introduced to license and regulate Internet poker. Today, thanks to the efforts of the PPA and poker players at large, Congress is much more educated about Internet poker than ever before, and votes and actions taken against Internet poker are becoming a thing of the past.
This rating guide is not a historical look at Congress’ attitude toward our game of skill, but rather it is an up-to-date analysis of your federal lawmaker’s position. In many instances, a lawmaker’s position is still unknown because there has not been a full U.S. House or Senate vote on Internet gaming legislation since 2006. The PPA ratings guide is based on (1) co-sponsorship of pro-poker legislation (House and Senate), (2) votes for or against pro-poker legislation in the House Financial Services Committee and in the full House, (3) letters sent on behalf of or against poker players’ rights, and (4) public statements, constituent letters, or actions for or against poker players’ rights.
The PPA will continue to update the ratings guide throughout the year. You can help us rate the new Congress by contacting your elected officials directly and asking them where they stand. PPA’s easy to use tools make it simple for you to email or call your Members of Congress.
The PPA’s official Congressional Rating Guide is searchable by state and by zip code.
We hope you find this information useful. Feel free to pass this website along to your fellow poker players and urge them to contact their Members of Congress.
Knowing how your elected officials stand on the issues important to you is half the battle -- letting them know that you’re a voter who supports poker takes care of the rest.
Proud to Play,
Senator Alfonse D’Amato, Chairman
Poker Players Alliance