A survey that was sponsored by the Poker Players Alliance and conducted by U.S. Gaming Survey in December shows that Americans support the regulation of online poker.
The survey targeted those who have participated in online poker games, and got a sample of 8,000 players. The sample consisted of 10% females, and had respondents from all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.
2,400 provided information about the Federal crackdown on poker last year.
The survey concluded that:
Online poker would add ancillary opportunity, not detract from lottery sales.
Players are looking for the best operator (state or corporate) and do not have a specific preference. 60% of respondents were not concerned on who offered the games but rather that they were of high quality and offered strong protection and security.
Players are not overly concerned with paying taxes on their winnings.
Players welcome regulation of the online gaming industry.
72% of respondents answered that their weekly stake was under $100. Only 11% spent in excess of $250 per week on the activity.
50% of respondents are not currently playing online poker.
Of those playing, 90% said they would change to a licenced and regulated U.S. based poker site if given the opportunity.
Commenting on the survey, U.S. Gaming Survey Vice President Larry Gibbs said "We couldn't be more excited about the results. The information from this survey has helped all involved understand the benefits of licensed and regulated online poker. It clearly shows that poker players want regulated online poker and are willing to abide by federal or state preferences to get it. The resulting information and detailed analysis will undoubtedly support the PPA's effort in urging the U.S government to legislate online poker in the near future."