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In December, 2011 US Gaming Survey (, in conjunction with the Poker Player's Alliance (PPA), conducted a comprehensive panel survey of current and former online poker players to help the PPA and poker sites understand the nuances of online poker player behavior. The survey also elicited opinions regarding the recent crackdown of online poker operators by the federal government on April 15th, 2011, also known as "Black Friday".

The study was a resounding success. The U.S. Online Poker Survey© was completed by over 82% of visitors resulting in over 8,000 responses. Respondents represented all 50 states as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico and 10% of those who completed the survey were female. Moreover, 2,400 respondents provided valuable information and feedback related to the law enforcement crackdowns on Black Friday and explained how it could potentially influence their future poker play and wagering decisions.

The results illustrated various behavioral aspects of the online poker player and yielded surprising information about the link between online poker and lottery sales. Many states have expressed concern that licensed and regulated online poker would cannibalize lottery revenue but the survey showed this is not true. The results from the survey clearly illustrated that U.S. online poker players tend to play the lottery but do so conservatively and their poker play has little effect on their lottery purchases. Consequently if online poker is indeed licensed and regulated in U.S. states it will not divert revenue from lottery sales. The survey also showed that poker players would prefer to play in a regulated, safe environment and are not deeply concerned with paying taxes on poker winnings.

While the majority of players prefer a federal system, whether offered on a state or federal level, players are most interested in having the best player experience and have no preference if it is a corporate site or state run entity i.e. state lottery or tribal government. Consequently, poker players will support a well-run poker site regardless of who chooses to manage the product.

"We couldn't be more excited about the results." Larry Gibbs, VP of Research at US Gaming Survey replied, "The information from this survey has helped the PPA and the governments understand the benefits of licensed and regulated online poker and the effects of the FBI recent crackdowns. 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."

To receive more information about the results of the survey or to learn more about the U.S. Online Poker Survey visit their website at

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About US Gaming Survey

US Gaming Survey was founded by a research group with over 30 years of online gaming experience dedicated to providing top quality gaming research focused on accurate reporting and custom analytics. Firmly supported by trust, US. Gaming Survey is a unique marketing research organization focused upon one defined category: Online Wagering. Specifically, US Gaming Survey is able to measure, analyze and forecast the United States public behavioral position for online wagering including poker, lottery, casino and sports. To receive more information about the U.S. Online Poker Survey and find out more about US Gaming Survey contact them directly via e-mail at or via telephone at +1 (610) 301-1255.

About The Poker Players Alliance

The Poker Players Alliance ( is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of over 1,000,000 online and offline poker players and enthusiasts from around the United States who have joined together to speak with one voice to promote the game and to protect poker players' rights.

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