A pro-online poker petition put up on the White House's "We The People" website that would give congressional consideration to any petition with more than 5,000 signatures has exceeded that number and is continuing to grow by the day.
The petition has so far far gotten more than 6,500 signatures, which is far more than the 5,000 needed within 30 days of the petition's posting to garner consideration from the federal government. Of the 86 petitions on the website, the pro-poker petition currently sits at around the 21st position when signatures are compared for number's sake. The most popular issue currently on the site is the legalization of marijuana.
Poker Players Alliance Vice President Rich Muny commented on the petition saying, "What we really want is to show the (Obama) administration that a lot of people care about this liberty. We want it to always be in their heads that poker is in the top-tier of Americans' interests. To me, that is more important than what response we get from the administration."
"It's very important for everyone in the community to participate. We want to stay above any bar they choose. It's very gratifying that the White House thought a good proposal would take 30 days to get 5,000 votes and we did it in three days. That shows the strength of our community. More votes will increase our priority in getting an answer. Every additional signature is an important one."