Action Alert

Please tell the US Debt Reduction Committee to Support Poker!

By Poker Players Alliance
Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

 
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Please tell the US Debt Reduction Committee to Support Poker! Today, the United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction launched its website. This historic joint committee is asking the American public for its recommendations and suggestions on how to reduce our nation’s federal deficit.
 
As you may know, the committee is made up of 12 members of Congress — six members of the House Representatives and six Senators, with equal representation from Democrats and Republicans. They have been tasked with developing a bipartisan plan to reduce the federal debt that will be delivered to the full Congress and President Obama by Thanksgiving.
 
Please take a few moments to visit the Joint Select Committee’s website by clicking here or the button below. You can then send committee members a letter with your recommendations. Below is a sample letter that you can cut and paste into the message field. This is a great opportunity for the poker community to make a big difference in our government’s deficit reduction efforts.
 
 
Please tell the US Debt Reduction Committee to Support Poker!
 
Please don’t delay — take action now.
 
Proud to Play,
 
Senator Alfonse D’Amato
PPA Chairman
 
 
SAMPLE LETTER
 
Dear Honorable Joint Select Committee Members,
 
Please support HR 2366 — raise revenue without raising taxes
 
As a voter and tax payer, I am writing to ask that you please consider H.R. 2366, the Online Poker Act of 2011, during your deficit reduction discussions. This bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX), will provide much needed federal and state revenue without raising taxes. It will also bring American companies into the Internet poker market, creating thousands of new jobs that we so desperately need. It will provide for strong consumer protections and age verification requirements as well.
 
Former Homeland Security Advisor Tom Ridge supports federal licensing of online poker because it addresses control and accountability of cash flows. Additionally, WiredSafety, the world’s largest Internet safety group, concluded that “combining a thoughtful regulatory scheme with education, technology tools, and support appears to be the most effective means of handling the realities and risks” of online poker. This groundbreaking study can be found at www.theppa.org/harvardstudy. U.S.-based horse race wagering sites have proven that online betting sites can successfully implement these important protections. The game of poker deserves no less.
 
This bill does not authorize video poker or any other house-banked casino-style game. Rather, it provides for sensible regulation of the game of online poker — the electronic version of the game families across America play at the kitchen table — and is limited to this person-to-person game of skill.
 
Every federal dollar wasted on efforts to stop American adults from playing online poker is another dollar added to the federal deficit. Quite frankly, there’s simply no reason for the deficit reduction super committee to ignore HR 2366.
 
Thank you for your consideration,
 
Add your name here
 

 
 
The Poker Players Alliance
Dedicated to Protecting America’s Favorite Card Game

The Poker Players Alliance is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of 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. Visit us at theppa.org 

Take Action to Support HR 2366: The Online Poker Act of 2011

By Poker Players Alliance
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

 
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Dear [% recip.FIRSTNAME({ifEmpty='Member'}) %],

On June 24th, Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced H.R. 2366, the Online Poker Act of 2011. This bill will restore your online poker rights by allowing licensed companies to offer Internet poker with real-money play to U.S. residents.  The bill is a huge leap forward for the poker community in the aftermath of Black Friday.  Twelve of Mr. Barton’s colleagues have already become sponsors of this legislation:

Rep. Andrews, Robert [NJ-1]
Rep. Berkley, Shelley [NV-1]
Rep. Campbell, John [CA-48]
Rep. Cohen, Steve [TN-9]
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14]
Rep. Frank, Barney [MA-4]
Rep. Grimm, Michael G. [NY-13]
Rep. Honda, Michael M. [CA-15]
Rep. King, Peter T. [NY-3]
Rep. Paul, Ron [TX-14]
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [CO-7]
Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-39]

We are urging the poker community to TAKE ACTION to support this important bill.  Below are a number of actions you can take to make your voice heard.  Please be sure to share this email with your family and friends and encourage them to act as well.  Let’s seize this moment and let Congress know we care about the right to play poker!

This take action page can also be found at: www.theppa.org/takeaction

1) Email your Representatives and Senators

This is almost too easy!  Simply click on the button below and in less than 60 seconds you can send a prewritten letter directly to the email inbox of your U.S. Representative and Senators.  Better yet, create your own message and tell them in your own words to support your poker freedom and H.R. 2366.

Email your Representatives and Senators

2) Call your Representative and Senators

It is as easy as picking up the phone.  Call the offices of your Representative and your two Senators and ask them to support licensing of online poker.  This should be a short, friendly call where you simply ask that they support your poker rights.

Tell the staffer who answers the phone:           
  • I am a constituent, voter and a poker enthusiast.
  • (For Representatives) Please support H.R. 2366 a bipartisan bill to license and regulate Internet poker.
  • (For Senators) H.R. 2366 has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and I want the Senator to support Senate legislation to license and regulate Internet poker.
  • Regulation means strong consumer protections as well as billions of dollars in federal and state revenue.
  • Please support my freedoms and support this bill.
  • Thank you and I would like a response from the Representative/Senator.
Click here to get the phone numbers for your Members of Congress or use our PPA Facebook app

3) Meet directly with your lawmaker

Nothing is more effective to convey a message than face-to-face interaction.  The PPA has made requesting a local meeting with your lawmaker and his/her staff very easy.  Use our Poker Meeting application via Facebook to request your local meeting today. We will send you everything you need for your meeting.  Just contact the office and set up a meeting.   We will provide you with talking points, a letter you can present at the meeting and even a map to your Member’s District Office.

4) Communicate on social networks

Nearly every member of Congress is on Facebook or uses Twitter to communicate with his/her constituents.  In fact, Congressman Joe Barton publicly stated that hearing from poker enthusiasts affected by the DoJ crackdown via Facebook helped motivate him to introduce his bill.  Simply “like” your Representatives’ and Senator’s Facebook page and then post a message asking that they support H.R. 2366.

We also encourage you to visit the Facebook pages of two relevant House Committees.

“Like” the House Energy and Commerce Committee page and ask that they hold a hearing on H.R. 2366.

“Like” the House Financial Services Committee page and ask that they hold a hearing on H.R. 1174, the Campbell/Frank Internet poker and Internet casino gaming regulation bill.

5) Reach out to the media

Getting this issue out in the mainstream press is an important component to building momentum behind the bill.  We encourage you to send a “Letter to the Editor” to your local paper to praise the introduction of H.R. 2366 and to encourage your state’s lawmakers to support it.  Many PPA members took this action in the wake of Black Friday and dozens of letters were published!  Let’s keep the good work up and send your letter to the editor today.

It is also important that if you see an online news story about Internet poker regulation that you take a moment to comment on it (if the story allows for public comments online).  The more comments/interest a story receives; the more likely that news outlet will commit more time covering the issue.  This is a great and easy way for us to get more attention for our poker rights!

To find local media contact information, please click here.

6) Join the PPA as a PAID member

For only $20.00 a year you can become a member of the PPA and help us win the fight for Internet poker.  Ante up and become a 2011 paid member of the PPA and receive an official PPA t-shirt (while supplies last) and exclusive member benefits.  Join today!

Join the PPA as a PAID member

7) Join our Social Networks

The PPA has some of the best social networks in the poker world.  These are a great way to communicate with us and other players.  Become a fan of the PPA on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  While you are at it, update your status or send a tweet asking people to visit this webpage and take action!

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8. Promote on the Web

PPA has created a series of animated and non-animated banners to help raise awareness. Click here to go to the full gallery of banners.

9) Tell your friends

Every poker player has friends and family who are also poker enthusiasts. Let them know about the PPA and ask them to support our effort and take action to support the game.  Click here to share

10) Participate in the daily “Fight for Poker Rights” initiative

For additional actions you can take to stand up for the great game of poker, please check out the Fight for Poker Rights action plan. This plan is updated daily with all new actions.

The Poker Players Alliance
Dedicated to Protecting America’s Favorite Card Game

The Poker Players Alliance is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of 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. Visit us at theppa.org 

PPA Holds Successful D.C. Poker Rally

By Poker Players Alliance
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

 
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Yesterday, PPA State Directors, State PPA advocates, along with poker pros Greg Raymer, Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher joined me to meet with over 130 members of Congress in their offices in Washington D.C. to discuss the merits of licensing and regulation of online poker here in the U.S. We had many excellent face to face conversations with members from both sides of the aisle, and I believe our efforts made a big difference in advancing our cause.
 
Later in the day, a crowd of poker advocates from the surrounding areas participated in the Rally for Internet Poker on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol. We were honored to have two of poker’s biggest advocates join us at the rally – Congressman John Campbell (R-CA), sponsor of HR1174, Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act, as well as Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX). Representative Barton announced to the cheering crowd that he has been working closely with the PPA in drafting legislation to license and regulate online poker and is committed to introducing it in the very near future.
 
This is great news for the online poker community, and the PPA is grateful that Congressman Barton is committed to doing all he can to help protect the freedoms of poker players and help reverse the negative impacts of Black Friday.
 
If you would like to read what several of the top newspapers had to say about our efforts yesterday, links can be found below
 
Washington Times –“ Poker partisans up ante with a protest
 
I would also like to thank the thousands of PPA members who took time over the past month to send over 90,000 letters to their members of Congress expressing their support for licensing and regulation of online poker. Additionally, I’d like to thank all the PPA members that have scheduled meetings with their elected officials in their district offices. Your efforts are essential to the PPA’s mission.

Add Your Voice to the PPA DC Fly-In

By Poker Players Alliance
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

 
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Support the DC Fly-in Today, PPA members and poker supporters from around the country will be gathering in the nation’s capital to tell Congress to license and regulate online poker.  With the backdrop of the recent DOJ actions, this day of poker activism has ever greater importance, as well as the attention of our members of Congress. 

The PPA urges you to add your voice to this momentous occasion through our Take Action page. 

Even though you may have taken action previously, we ask you to take the time to do so again. Your actions today are important for the following reasons: 

  • They send a clear message to our elected leaders that we as poker players are serious about licensing and regulating online poker in the US.
  • They show members of Congress that there are many others who feel to the same way as the PPA members with whom they are meeting.
  • They help show support to your fellow PPA members who are participating in the DC Fly-in.

Please check out the variety of actions you can take by going to our Take Action Page, or click on the quick action buttons below.

Email  Call  Tweet  Facebook

Thanks for your support.
 
Proud to Play,
Drew Lesofski
Director of Grassroots and External Affairs
 

 
The Poker Players Alliance
Dedicated to Protecting America’s Favorite Card Game

The Poker Players Alliance is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of 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. Visit us at theppa.org 

Keep the Pressure on Commerce Casino with PlayersBeforeProfits.com

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

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Don’t Let Commerce Casino Think Poker Players Don’t Care!
Sign the Open Letter Today!

As you know last week the PPA launched a campaign to educate players about Commerce Casino’s opposition to proposed federal legislation (H.R. 2267) to license Internet poker throughout the country.

How has Commerce Casino responded?

Commerce Casino responded to player outrage with a press release restating their opposition to the federal bill and their continued support for California only legislation that would cut California poker players off from the rest of the Internet poker world.

While the PPA understands that companies like Commerce have a right to oppose legislation for their own business interests, Commerce has not provided a clear reason why any poker player should support their position.

The federal legislation supported by the PPA — which Commerce Casino opposes — is consumer driven and would provide a regulated, yet competitive, marketplace where companies like Commerce Casino could apply for licenses and offer services to online players. It would also preserve what online players enjoy today while strengthening the market by adding consumer protections and allowing U.S. companies to compete for players. Oddly, Commerce Casino still opposes this bill.

Click here to read the PPA comments on the Commerce Casino Press Release.

What Now?

Keep the pressure on the Commerce Casino!
  • If you haven’t already signed the Open Letter, please sign today. [click here]
  • If you have signed the letter, please ask your spouse/significant other, family, and friends to sign it as well. [click here]
  • Regularly tweet, email and call the Commerce Casino to express your disappointment in their position. [click here]
  • Keep track of the issue at the PPA website [click here]
Let’s show Commerce Casino that we are not going away! More than 7,000 of your fellow players have weighed in with Commerce Casino to tell them to support H.R. 2267. You should too!

Thanks for standing with us as we fight for your game.

Proud to Play,

John A. Pappas


The Poker Players Alliance
Dedicated to Protecting America’s Favorite Card Game

The Poker Players Alliance is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of 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. Visit us at theppa.org 

 
 

Join Greg “Fossilman” Raymer’s Online Effort to Tell Congress to Support Poker

By Poker Players Alliance
Monday, June 21st, 2010

Join Greg Raymer's Online Effort to Tell Congress to Support Poker As a fellow poker player dedicated to protecting our rights to play this great American game, I hope that you’ll join me in a new effort to urge support for online poker.

Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have asked the American people to submit ideas through a new website — AmericaSpeakingOut.com — on how to continue to make this great nation prosper. I believe we shouldn’t pass up this unique opportunity to share our message of personal freedom and liberty with these members of Congress.

As you may recall, the Republican Party included a prohibition on Internet gaming in its 2008 policy platform. We must remind the GOP leadership that millions of Americans want them to support our poker rights and not misguided prohibitions.

I have posted a comment on AmericaSpeakingOut.com calling on Congress to ensure my freedom by licensing and regulating online poker. I need your help to vote for my comment and help it become one of the top – if not the top – issue on AmericaSpeakingOut.com. It just takes a few minutes.

  1. Go to the PPA shortcut: http://go.theppa.org/register1 to create an account (requires an email address). Note: to login using Facebook, go to step 3.
  2. After submitting your information, a confirmation email will be sent to the registered email address. In the email, click on the account confirmation link.
  3. Go to the PPA shortcut: http://go.theppa.org/fossilman and click the “thumbs up” icon. You can also search on the site for the keyword “fossilman”. Share your own thoughts in the comments section by clicking “Post Response” and a box will appear.

Here are some additional actions you can take to support poker on www.americaspeakingout.com:
  • Go to the PPA shortcut: http://go.theppa.org/poker1 or go to the search box on the upper right hand corner of the page and search for “poker”.
    • Click the “thumbs up” icons on the pro-poker submissions.
    • Add comments supporting poker.
  • Forward this email to all your friends and ask them to vote and submit their requests!
 Together, we can make a difference by telling Congress to protect our freedom!

Proud to play,
Greg “Fossilman” Raymer
2004 WSOP Champ and PPA Member .


Tweet for Poker

By Poker Players Alliance
Friday, November 13th, 2009

Due to a technical issue, the link for Tweet for Poker in the November 2009 Newsletter incorrectly brings you to this page, please click the image below to go to the site http://www.tweetforpoker.com.

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Updated Message to Members on SDNY Enforcement – PPA (06/11/09)

By Poker Players Alliance
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

update from John Pappas, PPA Executive Director (06/11/09):

The PPA knows how concerned all of you are about the recent actions taken by the United States Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York in freezing funds from some payment processors for online poker. The PPA wants to take this opportunity to do two things: (1) clear up the misconceptions about what was done and its implications, and (2) talk to you about what the Poker Players Alliance is doing to protect your right to play poker. Please accept my apology in advance if this is Too Much Information, but given the misinformation out there, I think Too Much is far preferable to Not Enough.

  1. The PPA is not aware of any Federal law that restricts your right to play poker online. For many years, the DOJ has attempted a very broad interpretation of the Wire Act (18 USC §1084), a bill first passed in 1948 and revised in 1961. The Wire Act was passed in order to control the transmission of sports bets and sports betting information. The Wire Act does not affect or control online gaming of any type, including poker. This was affirmed in the US Fifth Circuit Court’s landmark 2002 ruling affirming that the Wire Act pertains only to sports betting. [see re In MasterCard]

    The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) also does not restrict your right to play poker online. The UIGEA is a very specific piece of legislation designed to restrict the transfer of money among between online gaming sites and players by putting the enforcement burden on banks. While the regulations covering the UIGEA were supposed to be in place 9 months after its passage, they have just recently been finalized, but are not yet in effect. Unless something changes (and the PPA is seeking to make that change happen), they will go into effect on December 1, 2009

    We have been advised that the action taken by the Department of Justice was NOT an enforcement action based on the UIGEA. Since the regulations have not yet taken effect, the DOJ could not use them as a basis for action. It is important to note that the UIGEA regulations do not try to restrict payouts only deposits to “unlawful Internet gambling” sites. Further, we do not believe that online poker is unlawful under this Act.

  2. We have been advised that the seizure attempt was, at the least, technically incorrect and at worst was a serious violation of the rights of the payment processors and you, the poker player. It is our understanding that some of the seizures were done without the benefit of proper warrants and represent an almost shocking trampling of due process. Further, we have been advised that vis a vis online poker, the SDNY does not have the legal authority to act under the two laws they cite in their action, the 1961 WIRE Act and the Illegal Gambling Business Act.

  3. The funds that were seized were not the property of any online site – it was YOUR MONEY that was seized. All of the sites involved have made good on any checks that bounced or transfers that were not properly completed, but the Department of Justice seized your money here.

  4. This action in no way means that online poker is finished in the United States. There have been many actions like this in the past – the NETeller seizures, cease-and-desist orders against ePassporte, the arrest of SportingBet executives and others. Online poker has weathered those actions, which appeared in several cases to be significantly worse than this one. The PPA has been in contact with several of the leading poker sites on a near daily basis since these events began to unfold, and I can tell you that they are all completely committed to staying the course and remaining in the US market.

  5. Your money is safe at the major poker sites. I cannot speak for all the poker sites, but several have assured me that your money is safe and secure; however you should check with whatever site you play on. In most instances the poker sites have a procedure in which they segregate player funds, your assets and not theirs, and keep them in bank accounts that are completely separate from their operating funds – in fact, player accounts are kept in different banks.


The Poker Players Alliance firmly believes that the DOJ has significantly overstepped their legal boundaries in taking this action. Given that this is a public forum, I am unable to disclose precisely our legal strategy to combat this action. I can tell you that 1) we have assembled a legal team which is made of very seasoned criminal and civil action attorneys, 2) we have had direct communication with SDNY and higher ups at the DoJ about this enforcement action and have laid out both or legal and policy concerns, 3) we are briefing our Congressional allies about the situation and preparing them to take action if necessary, 4) we will continue to raise positive awareness for this with the media.

At this time the PPA is not organizing a letter writing/call campaign into the Doj, White House, etc, focused on this issue. A full blown campaign organized by us, could be more detrimental than helpful at this critical juncture – this could change. I am aware, however, that individuals on this forum and other place are taking the initiative on their own and we welcome that.

Now for the really important stuff – what YOU, as a poker player, can do right this minute to help the cause.

  1. Send a letter to your Senator and your Representative. This is even easier than you might think – just click here. This link will take you to a site that allows you to create and send letters to your Senator, Representative and to President Obama. This is the quickest and most effective way to make your voice heard in Washington right now.

  2. Email or call five of your poker buddies and ask them to do the same thing.

  3. Join the Poker Players Alliance. Click here to join – it’s free and only takes a few minutes.

  4. Excuse the sales pitch, but – if you really want to help us, join as a Premium member. It only costs $20, you get a lot of cool stuff and your money will be used to convince Washington that online poker needs to be legalized and regulated.


Please feel free to ask questions at our contact page or at [email protected].

Sincerely,
John A. Pappas
Executive Director
Poker Players Alliance



Information for PPA Members on Actions by the Southern District of New York

As of June 9, 2009


In light of recent events by the Southern District of New York (SDNY) to freeze payment processor accounts containing pay-outs to online poker players, the PPA would like to clarify the facts as we know them today. Be assured, the PPA is keeping close tabs on this situation and is doing everything possible to protect our members’ money and rights.
  • On or about June 4, 2009, a federal agent working with a federal prosecutor from the Southern District of New York contacted at least two banks in the Los Angeles and Scottsdale areas and requested that accounts containing approximately $19 million in player deposits and payouts be immediately frozen until a seizure warrant could be obtained from an appropriate judicial officer.
    • It is important to underscore that in at least two cases, the prosecutor acted and the banks responded without a warrant being issued.
  • Two days prior, the same agent and prosecutor team sent a seizure order to Wells Fargo freezing at least $14 million in accounts at that bank which were designated as pay-outs of winnings to Internet poker player.
  • In most cases, the pay-outs were the return of initial deposits made by players. That same prosecutor sent two subpoenas to two individuals associated with one of the payment processing companies.
  • The seizure notice and subpoenas appear to allege violations of the Wire Act and the Illegal Gambling Business Act, even by .com sites that are exempt from Wire Act liability and by .net sites that do not accept money.
  • These actions are not related to enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA.).
  • At least 24,000 player accounts have been affected directly or indirectly by the SDNY action. PPA has been in touch with the affected poker Web sites and has been assured that all players have been or will be appropriately reimbursed.
  • On Monday, June 8th, the PPA sent a letter to the Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York asking to be part of any future warrant hearings. The letter is available at www.pokerplayersalliance.org.


The PPA is working closely with legal counsel on this issue to determine the appropriate course of action and will keep members updated as events warrant.

This is yet another example of misguided efforts to prohibit online poker. A more effective way to provide important protections while allowing individuals the freedom to play poker online is to regulate and license the industry. We need your help to make this happen. Send a letter to your member of Congress asking them to support licensing and regulating online poker.


[MN] Minnesota Seeks to Prohibit Access to Illegal Online Gambling – Minnesota Department of Public Safety: Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (04/29/09)

By Poker Players Alliance
Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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[Action Alert] Poker Players: The White House Is Taking Your Questions (03/25/09)

By Poker Players Alliance
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009


Poker Players Alliance: Join the Fight




*** Please Forward, Post, or Blog Information to Interested Audiences ***

PPA Members: Tell the Whitehouse to Protect Poker As President Obama continues to promote his proposed budget and efforts to fix the American economy – the White House has launched an “Open for Questions” feature on www.WhiteHouse.gov.

This feature allows the American people to ask questions about the economy – questions that President Obama will answer in an online town hall meeting this Thursday, March 26th.

As you know, licensing and regulation of online poker in the United States will allow for collection of lost revenue – generating billions in new tax revenue for our country according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study.

We strongly urge all poker players to take a moment and let President Obama know;
  • Regulate Internet poker during the 111th Congress 
  • Regulation of online poker will bring billions of lost revenue back to the US and will also create new American jobs 
  • Regulation will protect America’s favorite game of skill and the individual freedoms of law-abiding Americans who love to play.  
This is a prime opportunity to put the issue of poker rights front and center – and by doing so we are all doing our part to help the American economy. Submit your questions at www.WhiteHouse.gov today!





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