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FairPlayUSA, A Poker Non-Profit, Launches

FairPlayUSA, a Washington, D.C. based non-profit group, was recently launched with funding by Caesar’s and MGM casinos.

The group’s stated goal is to educate the public and policymakers on issues related to online gambling, and to expose ambiguities in American laws that have led to widespread online gambling.

On its advisory board are many prominent politicians, including Tom Ridge, the former Governor of Pennsylvania; Parry Aftab, an internet security expert; and 2004 WSOP main event champion Greg Raymer.

However, the company is not a lobbying group funded by gambling giants intending to increase profit.

“If there was a conflict between what is best for these companies and what is best for the players that might be a concern,” said Raymer, who is unpaid for his position with FairPlayUSA. “However, I was convinced that the interests of the players and the interests of the people starting this organization are aligned, at least at this point in time.” According to Raymer, the group is looking to other brick-and-mortar casinos to join. “This isn’t just about [Caesars and MGM],” he added.

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