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Weekly Update: The National Call to Action Continues…

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations In the last update, PPA Executive Director John Pappas and I told you about the National Call to Action. I am very happy to report that many players are responding enthusiastically. Thousands of tweets and emails demanding our rights have been sent to lawmakers already. We ARE being heard on Capitol Hill!

For this week, please be sure to finish up the tweets and to ask your friends and family to send the prewritten, fully editable letter to Congress. I know you will do that. I also ask that you call your lawmakers and make a personal visit to ask for support for poker. I know the latter two are harder and take time and commitment, but it really is worth it. A single face-to-face communication with your lawmaker is one of the most impactful actions you can take for poker. Congress will be in recess for another week so there is still time for you to arrange an in person visit in your hometown. I hope you can make time for this important action. It makes a huge difference!

Take Action

Please be sure to visit the National Call to Action at http://theppa.org/fight-the-ban and take action for our game.

This action page contains great info on visiting your lawmakers, bullet points for making quick phone calls to lawmakers without worrying about what to tell them, prefilled tweets, and many other ways to make our voices heard.

John Pappas has been on Capitol Hill just about every day, meeting with lawmakers to tell them we demand our right to play. Industry lobbyists are there with a similar message. Our efforts give them the ammo they need, and their lobbying efforts amplify our grassroots efforts. It is synergy that makes these actions virtually obligatory!

Citizen Lobbyists for Poker

As part of the National Call to Action, many poker players and enthusiasts met with their lawmakers or their staffs. I wish to share with you the experience of one such activist.

Dr. Steve Friedlander, known as Renodoc on the Two Plus Two Forums, took the time to meet with Utah Senator Mike Lee’s office. Senator Lee is cosponsoring the ban bill, but that did not deter Dr. Friedlander. To the contrary…the good doctor knew the Senator needed to hear from the poker community. He was able to share, professionally and respectfully, many reasons Senator Lee should reconsider his position. Dr. Friedlander then followed up with a well-written letter that summarized the discussion.

We thank Dr. Friedlander for taking the time here and for helping to set a terrific example for the community to follow. Please share with me any info about your lawmaker meetings. Take a photo and we will include it in a future newsletter. Send me an email at [email protected]

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s webcast, I was joined by PPA Colorado State Director & OnTilt Radio CEO Robin Jones. We had a terrific discussion you won’t want to miss.

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Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Monday at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in at www.ontiltradio.com each week for the live show.

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The PPA wishes to keep active members like yourself updated on the latest poker advocacy news by periodically sending out select events and headlines. We hope you find it informative and thank you for your continuing support.

Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s plan to offer poker at casino at odds with Idaho – The Spokesman-Review (04/17/2014)

Delaware Online Poker Revenues Rebound in March – PokerFuse (04/17/2014)

NJ iGaming Weekly: Can the NJCOP Stop New Jersey’s Online Poker Downslide? – Online Poker Report (04/16/2014)

State of the New Jersey Online Poker Market – PocketFives (04/16/2014)

Maryland amateur gets to test himself against the pros at ‘Poker Night in America’ – The Washington Post (04/13/2014)

The Big Gamble – Slate (04/13/2014)

Massachusetts Shelving Online Gambling Plans for 2014 – Bluff Magazine (04/13/2014)

Why Don’t More Women Play Poker? Leading Poker Ladies Unite for Change – CardPlayer Lifestyle (04/13/2014)

Could Possible Sale Of Pennsylvania Casino Improve Chances Of Web Poker Legalization In State? – CardPlayer (04/11/2014)

New proposed rules for charity poker games could take effect next month – Crain’s Detroit Business (04/11/2014)

The 50-State iGaming Initiative: Colorado to Georgia – Poker News (04/11/2014)

PPA Takes a Stand, Calls Chaffetz/Graham Legislation ‘Misguided’ – PocketFives (04/11/2014)

Why Don't More Women Play Poker? Leading Poker Ladies Unite for Change - CardPlayer Lifestyle (04/13/2014)



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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 

Weekly Update: National Call to Action!

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations In the last update, I shared the news that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced Senate bill S. 2159 and House bill H.R. 4301– bills that would ban online poker throughout America. The poker community responded quickly, via PPA tools and the Poker Daily Action Plan, with office visits, emails, phone calls, and social media activism, ensuring these lawmakers know where their constituent stand on this issue.

This is just the beginning. I encourage you to take a moment to watch an important update from PPA Executive Director John Pappas:


Take Action

To put this grassroots advocacy into high gear, PPA has rolled out “Take Action: Fight Back Against Online Poker Prohibition Effort.” Please be sure to visit this action page at http://theppa.org/fight-the-ban and take action for our game.

This action page contains great info on visiting your lawmakers, bullet points for making quick phone calls to lawmakers without worrying about what to tell them, prefilled tweets, and many other ways to make our voices heard!

Lawmakers will be in their home districts for the next two weeks, so be sure to pay them a visit and remind them that they represent you in D.C.

John Pappas is on Capitol Hill just about every day, meeting with lawmakers to tell them we demand our right to play. Industry lobbyists are there with a similar message. Our efforts give them the ammo they need, and their lobbying efforts amplify our grassroots efforts. It is synergy that makes these actions virtually obligatory.

Online Poker Licensing Bill Introduced in New York

A new bill to license and regulate online poker in the state of New York has been introduced by state Sen. John Bonacic (R-42). Read the full text of the bill here.

The bill is being characterized as an icebreaker, even by its sponsor, to get the discussion started in the Empire State. While it is unlikely to pass into law, it is a great first step that will surely serve to move the ball forward.

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s webcast, I was joined by cybersecurity expert Eddie Harari and Cardplayer Lifestyle publisher Robbie Strazynski for a terrific discussion on online poker security and on the now-debunked claims from some prohibitionists that the game is vulnerable as a means for money laundering. Following that…a post-interview analysis with poker activist Lori Kolstad and me. You won’t want to miss this!

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Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Monday at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in at www.ontiltradio.com each week for the live show.

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Thank you for your continued support!

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The PPA wishes to keep active members like yourself updated on the latest poker advocacy news by periodically sending out select events and headlines. We hope you find it informative and thank you for your continuing support.

Online Gambling Off to Tepid Start in New Jersey – Wall Street Journal (04/09/2014)

Australian Study Finds Insufficient Evidence that Online Gambling Increases Gambling Problems – PokerFuse (04/09/2014)

PokerNews Feature: The Future of Online Poker in the U.S. — Is Your State Next? – Poker News (04/07/2014)

Fear and Money In Gambling Regulation – The Blaze (04/07/2014)

As Illinois Nears $40 Million In Online Lottery Sales, Age and Identity Verification Systems Are Proven Effective – Online Poker Report (04/07/2014)

Editorial: Now the REAL Online Poker War Has Begun – Poker News Daily (04/05/2014)

Objecting to a National Online Gambling Ban, State Legislators Remind Rick Perry About That 10th Amendment Thingie – Reason (04/04/2014)

Internet gambling and sports betting going under microscope in Mississippi – Sun Herald (04/03/2014)

Internet poker revenues outgaining only bingo, Nevada regulators report – Las Vegas Sun (04/02/2014)

March Madness, lottery tickets and our government – Fox News (04/02/2014)

Angry Birds Is the Gateway Game to Online Gambling Addiction, New Adelson Ad Warns – National Journal (04/02/2014)

2 Reasons Pennsylvania Is a Good Bet for Online Gambling Legislation – Online Poker Report (04/02/2014)

Second Round of U.S. Full Tilt Poker Payments Sent – Poker News Daily (04/02/2014)

Internet Tribal Gaming Group Tests the Waters – Indian Country Today Media Network (04/02/2014)

PokerStars Responds To California Tribal Coalition – CardPlayer (04/01/2014)

New York State Legislature Considering Online Poker Bill – Bluff (04/01/2014)

The Tortured Textualism and Faux Federalism of the Chaffetz-Graham-Adelson Online Gambling Ban – Reason (04/01/2014)

PokerStars To Continue Partnership Negotiations with California Card Rooms – PokerNews (03/31/2014)

Farahi in Reno: Atlantis will not pursue online gaming – Reno Gazette-Journal (03/31/2014)

Jobs created by online gambling to move in-state by May 1 – Press of Atlantic City (03/30/2014)

INSIDE GAMING: Internet gaming giant tries again – Las Vegas Review-Journal (03/30/2014)

Casino poker: legal or not? – Coeur d’Alene Press (03/29/2014)

March Madness, lottery tickets and our government - Fox News (04/02/2014)



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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 

Weekly Update: Sheldon Adelson’s iPoker ban bills introduced to Congress

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations Yesterday, the long-discussed legislation to ban online poker throughout America was introduced in the Senate by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and in the House by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). I encourage you to check out PPA’s response.

The legislation – laughingly entitled “Restoration of America’s Wire Act” – is cosponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Mike Lee (R-UT) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); and Representatives Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Lamar Smith (R-TX), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Trent Franks (R-AZ), George Holding (R-NC), Frank Wolf (R-VA), James Lankford (R-OK), and Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO).

Additionally, Governors Rick Perry (R-TX), Nikki Haley (R-SC), and Bobby Jindal (R-LA) have come out in favor of a Congressional ban.

On our side, the Democratic Governors Association sent Congress a letter in “strong opposition” to this legislation. The letter was signed by the Chair, VT Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vice-Chair, NH Governor Maggie Hassan. Longtime poker stalwart Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) once again spoke up for our right to play, as did Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ). And, of course, former Reps. Mary Bono (R-CA) and Mike Oxley (R-OH), co-chairs of the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection (C4COP), are actively opposing any attempt to expand the Wire Act.

Nevada Senators Dean Heller (R) and House Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) reaffirmed their support for online poker while also supporting expansion of the Wire Act to include non-poker wagering activities. However, the backer of this prohibition effort is Sheldon Adelson, billionaire CEO of the Venetian Casino, who has poker firmly in his crosshairs. As things stand today, it does not seem this will end with a carve-out for poker. So, there is no compromise. We will have to win this fight.

Don’t let Sheldon Adelson take your right to play from you. He may have millions of dollars to spend on this, but we poker players and enthusiasts have millions of supporters and voters among us. Will you do your part to stand up for your right to play today?

Take Action

Take Action

Let’s all send prefilled, fully editable tweets to 18 lawmakers supporting this Congressional online poker prohibition. It takes just a few minutes to make your voice heard.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT)
Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT)
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX)
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH)
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Rep. George Holding (R-NC)
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA)
Rep. James Lankford (R-OK)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO)
Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX)
Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC)
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA)
Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott (R-TX)

EXTRA: Reply respectfully to Sen. Graham’s tweet announcing this bill here.

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s webcast, I was joined by poker journalists Marco Valerio and Chris Grove for a very spirited discussion on the iGaming North America Conference (iGNA), Sheldon Adelson, and the poker advocacy effort. It got crazy at times, so you won’t want to miss this!

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Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Monday at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in at www.ontiltradio.com each week for the live show.

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Wide-Ranging California Tribal Coalition Expresses ‘Steadfast Opposition’ to PokerStars – Online Poker Report (03/26/2014)

New Bill Introduced In Congress To Outlaw Online Gambling Where Already Legal – CardPlayer (03/26/2014)

Republican donor’s attack on online gambling shadows talk of 2016 – Reuters (03/26/2014)

Nevada delegation warily eyes latest push to ban online gaming – Las Vegas Sun (03/25/2014)

Firm Cuts US Online Gambling Estimate 30 Percent – ABC News (03/25/2014)

SC senator seeks to legalize friendly card, dice games; If that fails, he promises a lawsuit – The Republic (03/25/2014)

Democratic Battle Lines Form as Adelson’s Anti-Web Gambling Bill Nears – PokerNews (03/25/2014)

Poker rooms could get new rules – The Times Herald (03/25/2014)

Fully Secure Online Poker – Is It Possible? – CardPlayer Lifestyle (03/24/2014)

New Jersey Senate Panel Approves Bill To Allow Foreign Online Gambling Companies To Do Business – CardPlayer (03/24/2014)

Move-over law, at-home poker considered in House – WBAL (03/25/2014)

Gov. Brian Sandoval Eyes Summer Launch for Nevada/Delaware Internet Poker Compact – PokerNews (03/21/2014)

New Bill Introduced In Congress To Outlaw Online Gambling Where Already Legal - CardPlayer (03/26/2014)



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 

Weekly Update: Sheldon Adelson lobbying Congress for an online poker ban and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations I have shared with you all of our successes as a community at beating back Venetian / Las Vegas Sands and their CEO Sheldon Adelson’s efforts to ban online poker across America. We have won every battle thus far, for which we all give the credit to the great grassroots activism of the poker community.

I also mentioned that Adelson will fight harder, lobbying anti-gaming lawmakers in an attempt to create an appearance of growing opposition while simultaneously making state-by-state advocacy more challenging. Unfortunately, he is pushing forward as predicted. We know Adelson has one more lawmaker ready to ban your right to play – Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz – and there will be more to come. He and the Venetian are spending tens of millions of dollars on this anti-online poker jihad, but it is something we can defeat. While he may have millions of dollars to spend on this, we have millions of poker players demanding our right to play!

The threat is real, and it must be taken very seriously by the entire poker community. It will take a unified effort to beat this back. PPA Executive Director is doing his part. I am doing my part. Many in the poker community are acting as one, doing their part. Can I count on you to do your part?

Take Action

Take Action

Let’s all take a moment to tell our lawmakers to support online poker licensing via the all-new prewritten, fully editable letter to Congress and President Obama. Simply click the button below (or here). In just thirty seconds, you can send this email directly to the inboxes of all your elected federal representatives.

Take Action

Introducing the PPA State Pages

PPA State Pages

PPA is proud to announce the launch of the PPA State Pages. This is a new state-based resource for poker enthusiasts to find information about any state related poker bills, their state-level elected representatives, and local poker related news.

You will also find information on your PPA State Director and current PPA announcements for your state. PPA will continually expand the content on these pages with your help. When you have information or resources for poker players in your state, please use the submit form under “Help Build This Page” or send an email to [email protected] with your state in the subject line.

With your help, these pages will become a growing resource for those poker supporters!

Minnesota Update: Online Poker Debate

Earlier this week, PPA Minnesota State Director Mike Qualley was on The John Williams Show, which airs live on WCCO-AM. He debated Anne Meeks, founder and CEO of The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, on the merits of licensing online poker.

I am not sure what freedom Ms. Meeks espouses, but am pleased to report that Mike did a terrific job representing freedom and the poker community in the Gopher State.

If you missed the live broadcast, please check out the podcast here (the debate starts at 11:40).

Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Lock Poker Issues

I wish to remind everyone that players have been experiencing extreme difficulties in withdrawing money from Lock Poker for some time. The post-Black Friday offshore US-facing online poker market has been caveat emptor, so every player choosing such a site needs to be vigilant.

PPA continues to call on Lock Poker to do the right thing and to play its players. I encourage you to read the thread on Two Plus Two regarding Lock Poker’s payment problems before making a deposit there. I also encourage you to read a Two Plus Two thread by poster IHasTehNutz. He will be a guest on next week’s Poker Advocacy webcast, where he will update the community on Lock Poker’s issues.

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

PPA MN State Director Mike Qualley joined me for a terrific discussion on the fight for poker, followed by a re-airing of my recent interview with former Congresswoman Mary Bono. I hope you will listen to this week’s podcast!

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Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Monday at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in at www.ontiltradio.com each week for the live show.

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Thank you for your continued support!

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The PPA wishes to keep active members like yourself updated on the latest poker advocacy news by periodically sending out select events and headlines. We hope you find it informative and thank you for your continuing support.

Lindsey Graham does Sheldon Adelson a solid on online gaming – Politico (03/19/2014)

Michigan Gaming Control Board backs off charity restrictions for now – Detroit Free Press (03/19/2014)

Peak Traffic: Nevada Online Poker Market Matches its Population Size – PokerFuse (03/19/2014)

Minnesota Radio Takes on Online Poker Debate – NJ Poker Online (03/19/2014)

Ivey, Esfandiari, Mercier, Galfond Confirmed for WSOP Big One for One Drop – PocketFives (03/19/2014)

Tribal Leaders Confident in iGaming Prospects for Indian Country – PokerNews (03/19/2014)

Online gaming debate heats up again in Congress – Las Vegas Review-Journal (03/19/2014)

Comparing Regulated Online Gambling Performance in New Jersey and Delaware – OnlinePokerReport (03/19/2014)

Illinois To Again Consider A Casino In Chicago – CardPlayer (03/18/2014)

PokerStars Class Action Lawsuit Dismissed in Illinois – PocketFives (03/18/2014)

PokerStars, Tribes and Bad Actors and California – PokerFuse (03/18/2014)

Lindsey Graham does Sheldon Adelson a solid on online gaming - Politico (03/19/2014)



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 

Weekly Update: Full Tilt victim repayment continues, new opposition, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations The ecstatic community mood resulting from players getting their Full Tilt Poker money back has gone full bore. Even poker forums and social media cannot contain this enthusiasm. I think it is so terrific that we have come so far as a community. This really is an outcome that could only have happened with an organized effort.

As I mentioned last week, many players have told me they are donating 10% of their recovered funds to PPA. My remission is slated for wave 2 but, touched by the outpouring of support I have seen for the fight, I have already donated my 10%. PPA can do a lot with people taking action, but we do need funding to keep growing as a strong, united advocacy effort for our game. Please considering doing what you can to support the fight. Thank you.

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Massachusetts Gaming Commission Internet Forum

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission held a forum on online betting. Needless to say, PPA had representation in attendance and to speak with fellow attendees and speakers. It went quite well. The Boston Herald’s story was headlined: Gaming chief: ‘We can’t wait’ for online betting.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

Poker activists Lori Kolstad and Stephen Brogan joined me live on this week’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast for a terrific panel discussion. We discussed the Full Tilt Poker remission payments, poker advocacy and the PPA in general. I hope you will listen to this week’s podcast.

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Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Monday at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in at www.ontiltradio.com each week for the live show.

Colorado Charity Poker Tournament

The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosted their Texas Hold ‘Em tournament on Saturday, March 8th. The event, sponsored in part by Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny producer OnTilt Radio, was a great success. PPA Colorado State Director Robin Jones is CEO of OnTilt.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Chamber and The Homeless Foundation.

Colorado Charity Poker Tournament
Past CO PPA State Director Gary Reed at the tournament

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Borgata Posts 14% Gain In Online Revenue In February – MarketWatch (03/12/2014)

Caesars Continues to Narrow the Gap in New Jersey Online Poker Market – PokerFuse (03/12/2014)

Poker Jobs: PokerStars Women Community Manager ‘A Poker Journalist…in 140 Characters’ – PokerNews (03/12/2014)

Mass. panel examines pros, cons of online gaming – Telegram & Gazette (03/11/2014)

Gaming chief: ‘We can’t wait’ for online betting – Boston Herald (03/12/2014)

Congressional ban on all online gaming is wrong for America – The Hill (03/10/2014)

R.I. has yet to test Internet gambling – Providence Journal (03/10/2014)

Ante up: Dueling online poker bills introduced – Sacramento Business Journal (03/10/2014)

S.A.’s Richard Turner is world’s top card shark despite blindness – San Antonio Express (03/09/2014)

Underground NYC Poker Club Vows to Play on Despite Raids, Lawsuit – Poker News Daily (03/08/2014)

Tribe Ditches Fight Over Poker Site – Cardplayer (03/06/2014)

Congressional ban on all online gaming is wrong for America - The Hill (03/10/2014)



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 

Weekly Update: Full Tilt victim repayment commences, Bluff Power 20 recognition, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations It sure was a terrific week. We as an organization and as a community are all ecstatic that, last Friday, many Full Tilt Poker victims received their balances in full. In fact, many have taken to calling it Green Friday.

Full Tilt Poker Claims Administrator Garden City Group will continue working through the undisputed petitions, moving from there to disputed ones. I encourage you to read an article featuring PPA Executive Director John Pappas for more on the disputed balance process and timeline.

Recovering our player balances has been a lengthy, trying process, and being organized made a major difference. I wish to thank everyone who did their part to ensure we stood as one and, of course, PokerStars for making player repayment possible by purchasing the assets of Full Tilt Poker.

Many players have told me they are donating 10% of their recovered funds to PPA. I will not ask those who received repayment to donate a specific percentage, but I do ask that everyone consider the value of us being organized as a community. Can we count on you to help the community keep up the fight?

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Bluff Power 20

I am pleased to share that PPA Executive Director John Pappas returned to the Bluff Power 20 this year. It is a well-deserved honor that shows the strength of the organized community in making change happen by fighting as one and, of course, in John’s leadership. Congratulations John!


Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

WA poker activist Curt Woodard and poker journalist Earl Burton joined me live on this week’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast for a terrific panel discussion. We discussed the Full Tilt Poker remission payments, poker advocacy and the PPA in general. I hope you will listen to this week’s podcast.

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Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Monday at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in at www.ontiltradio.com each week for the live show.

Colorado Charity Poker Tournament

The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is hosting a Texas Hold’Em tournament on Saturday, March 8th that you won’t want to miss. The tournament is sponsored in part by OnTilt Radio, producer and webcaster of my weekly program. PPA Colorado State Director Robin Jones is CEO of OnTilt.

Proceeds will benefit the Chamber and The Homeless Foundation. Registration begins at 4:30 and play begins at 5:30. Go to www.trilakeschamber.com to register. They have lots of great prizes and auction items. You do not want to miss this event!

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The PPA wishes to keep active members like yourself updated on the latest poker advocacy news by periodically sending out select events and headlines. We hope you find it informative and thank you for your continuing support.

Zynga Poker Unveils Major Redesign – CardPlayer (03/04/2014)

PPA March Update – Two Plus Two Magazine (03/04/2014)

Nevada Ladies Poker Championship – CardPlayer (03/04/2014)

March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month – PokerFuse (03/04/2014)

Iowa Poll: Little support for Internet gambling – Des Moines Register (03/04/2014)

Update on US Players with Disputed Full Tilt Poker Balances – PocketFives (03/04/2014)

Tribes aim to legalize online poker in California – The Press Democrat (03/01/2014)

California Assemblyman: Still a Chance for Online Poker in 2014 – Poker News (02/28/2014)

It’s no bluff: Don’t ban online poker – Star Tribune (02/28/2014)

Home Poker Games May Become Legal In Maryland – Press Box (02/28/2014)

Illinois Senate president: online gambling could bring in revenue, but would face opposition – Daily Journal (02/27/2014)

Zynga Poker Unveils Major Redesign - CardPlayer (03/04/2014)



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Weekly Update: Senate online poker prohibition bill to be introduced, PPA webcast with former Rep. Mary Bono, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, February 27th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations I have breaking news to share with you. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will soon introduce Senate legislation to expand the Wire Act to ban Internet poker (along with other forms of Internet betting) across our great nation!

In an interview with GamblingCompliance (link to article, subscription required), Graham articulated firm opposition to online betting. When asked about a poker carve-out, he was adamant in his rejection, going so as to say he would even oppose other bills with carve-outs, specifically mentioning the one proposed by Senators Harry Reid and Dean Heller of Nevada.

Interestingly, this comes right as Nevada and Delaware announced the nation’s first online poker compact.

As Venetian / Las Vegas Sands and CEO Sheldon Adelson continue their anti-online poker effort, the poker community faces challenges as well as opportunities. On my webcast, former Congresswoman Mary Bono (R-CA) reminded us that no one knows if this will pass or not, but that she can guarantee we will not succeed if we fail to fight back. PPA Executive Director John Pappas will keep fighting back. I will keep fighting back. In fact, the entire poker community will keep fighting back! I know we can count on you to do your part.

PPA Twitter Town Hall this Evening

PPA will host its first ever Twitter town hall this evening, from 6:30 to 7 PM EST. This is a great chance to ask poker related questions and get a response directly from PPA Executive Director John Pappas.

While John and I are known for being very accessible on poker forums and through social media, Twitter town halls are unique in that they offer a simple way for followers to have their questions answered directly in an informal social environment. This town hall will allow PPA another way to interact directly with the poker community, giving you a chance to get real insider information from John Pappas.

All you have to do is tweet your questions to @PPAPoker using the hashtag #AskPPA. It is that simple. We urge you to take advantage of this fun and unique opportunity.

Illinois Online Poker Hearing

Yesterday, PPA Executive Director John Pappas testified before the Illinois Senate at a hearing on online poker and other online betting. The consensus opinion on my Facebook page was that he did another outstanding job representing the poker community!

I encourage you to check out John’s written testimony here.

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny


Former Congresswoman Mary Bono (R-CA) joined me live on this week’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast. We discussed poker advocacy and the new Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection. The interview was followed by a panel discussion featuring poker journalist Marco Valerio and Wendeen Eolis of Eolis International Group (who also writes a regular column for Poker Player Newspaper).

Congresswoman Bono spoke of how poker players and enthusiasts advocating for the game made a difference when she was in office. I encourage everyone to listen to this important podcast.

Play Now

The program airs live Monday at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in here each week for the live show!

Full Tilt Poker Remission Payments Starting Friday!

Great news. Full Tilt Poker Claims Administrator Garden City Group has confirmed their earlier statements that remission payments for those with timely, undisputed petitions will start Friday. They also provided new information as a result of many of us contacting them for verification of our banking information. And, they are now planning to send checks to those without verifiable bank accounts. Here’s the announcement:


NOTICE REGARDING APPROVED PETITIONS AND BANK ACCOUNT INFORMATION


As part of the normal bank account testing conducted prior to issuing ACH payments (as further described below), GCG has identified certain Petitioners who are approved for payment but who submitted account information that was either incomplete or incorrect. On February 21, 2014, GCG sent emails to all such Petitioners with instructions as to how to update their bank account information through the online filing site. Please note that if we do not receive updated, complete and accurate information by March 13, 2014, a check will be sent to the mailing address provided with the Petition. Petitioners contacted by GCG in connection with their bank account information will receive payment in the second round of payments. If any such Petitioners have questions about this process, please contact GCG.

All other Petitioners who have been approved for payment in the first round of distributions and whose bank account information has passed the preliminary testing process will be sent an email notice on Monday, February 24 or Tuesday, February 25 with the amount of their payment. The first round of payments is scheduled to be issued on Friday, February 28.

Updated: 2/24/14

Colorado Charity Poker Tournament

The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is hosting a Texas Hold’Em tournament that you won’t want to miss. The tournament is sponsored in part by OnTilt Radio, producer and webcaster of my weekly program. Our own PPA Colorado State Director Robin Jones is CEO of OnTilt.

Proceeds will benefit the Chamber and The Homeless Foundation. Registration begins at 4:30 and play begins at 5:30. Go to www.trilakeschamber.com to register. They have lots of great prizes and auction items. You do not want to miss this event!

Announcing Two New State Directors

Minnesota

Minnesota PPA State DirectorPPA is proud to announce Mike Qualley as our new Minnesota State Director. Mike is a longtime poker advocate and has been fighting for our rights to play online pretty much from the beginning. Mike started playing online poker in 2003, around the same time Chris Moneymaker was taking the poker world by storm. Mike resides in Richfield, Minnesota where he enjoys playing 7 Card Stud, HORSE and Omaha Hi-Lo mixed limit/pot. You can follow Mike on twitter @mqusicMQ.

Maryland

Maryland PPA State DirectorWe’d like to give a big welcome to Akintunde “Akin” Akinola from Glenn Dale, Maryland. Akin recently testified in support of two really important home poker bills at the State Capitol and is an avid poker blogger with maythebesthandwin.com; centered on the foundations necessary to become a professional poker player whether locally (MD) or abroad. He started to play poker right after college and has never regretted learning to play. You can follow Akin on twitter @mtbhwin.

Let’s give both Mike and Akin a big PPA welcome!

US. v. DiCristina Update

In poker legal news the PPA regrettably has to report that on Monday the US Supreme Court declined to hear the appeal in US. v. DiCristina. This was the ground breaking case where a Federal judge, after hearing hours of competing evidence, ruled that poker was unquestionably a game of skill. That judge also ruled that the skill factor exempted poker from the reach of the federal “illegal Gambling Business Act” (IGBA, the primary law used to prosecute the Black Friday defendants). Unfortunately the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed with the judge’s interpretation of IGBA, saying skill did not matter. Numerous poker enthusiasts and many other game players urged the Supreme Court to take the case and make clear that federal gambling laws should not apply to games of skill, but the Court declined to even hear the case. On the bright side the ruling that poker was a game of skill was never seriously questioned, and so the fight to get better treatment under federal law for poker and other games of skill will have to continue elsewhere.

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U.S. Senator Expects Bill Banning Online Gambling – CardPlayer (02/26/2014)

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Wants Possible Prison Terms For Those Caught Playing Online Poker – CardPlayer (02/26/2014)

Delaware, Nevada sign Internet gaming agreement – Washington Post (02/26/2014)

New Jersey Misses Out on Internet Gambling Partner; Senator Lesniak Disappointed – Poker News (02/26/2014)

Dual Online Poker Bills Filed in California – Poker News Daily (02/26/2014)

Regulators, State and Tribal Operators to Discuss Potential for Online Gaming in California – PokerFuse (02/26/2014)

Online poker could be back in the mix in Illinois – NWI Times (02/26/2014)

US Supreme Court Decides Against Hearing Dicristina Appeal – PokerFuse (02/25/2014)

Does Bobby Jindal know how the Internet works? – Washington Post (02/24/2014)

U.S. Full Tilt Payments to Commence Friday – Poker News Daily (02/24/2014)

Does Bobby Jindal know how the Internet works? - Washington Post (02/24/2014)


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Weekly Update: New challenges present new opportunities, PPA webcast with former Rep. Mary Bono, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations Last week, I discussed how one can sense the desperation in Venetian / Las Vegas Sands and CEO Sheldon Adelson’s Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling’s all-out approach, as their efforts to date have clearly not produced the groundswell of opposition to online poker that they had hoped. In fact, their efforts have actually aided the push for licensed US poker by giving us a platform. I also mentioned that Adelson will fight harder, reaching out to individual anti-poker lawmakers in an attempt to create an appearance of growing opposition, while simultaneously making state-by-state advocacy more challenging.

We saw some of this a few days ago, when Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal unfortunately chose to come out against online poker across America. He even suggested that licensed online poker in other states would result in people in his state playing on those sites, this despite the success of geo-located licensed US sites keeping out out-of-state players, thus justifying (in his mind, anyway) Congress shutting down state-licensed sites. Jindal doesn’t mention poker by name, but it is clear from the article that he means poker too. I encourage you to please take a moment to post your thoughts to his anti-poker op-ed here.

Additionally, it is clear that Sheldon Adelson is continuing to seek Congressional supporters for his Internet poker ban bill. Rumors abound that he has found a sponsor in the Senate and is seeking a bipartisan cosponsorship.

What does all this mean? Well, as PPA Executive Director John Pappas and I said last week, it just means PPA and the poker community will continue fighting harder too! Every attack presents incredible opportunities to push our message and to advocate for our cause. All we players and enthusiasts have to do it seize them for maximum gain.

PA Update

Last week, I mentioned that PA State Rep. Mario Scavello had outlined a plan to criminalize online poker in Pennsylvania, calling for jail time for poker players. PA State Rep. Mike Tobash proudly announced his support in his newsletter and Adelson’s coalition immediately released a statement characterizing criminalization of online poker playing as “a step in the right direction.”

Since then, the poker community inundated Rep. Scavello and Rep. Tobash’s Facebook pages with their thoughts on why this is a bad idea. Rep. Scavello, to his credit, apparently gave this serious thought and replied with the following statement:

Good morning all! I believe I have given everyone an equal opportunity to vent…Some have polite some have been down right nasty. I have made my notes. The Pa Senate is in the process of doing a complete study of all types of gaming which includes online gaming.

I will hold off pushing my legislation until the study is complete. If anyone of you would like to stay in touch and communicate in a rational way about this issue send me an e-mail at [email protected] I will leave these posts on for another day…..”

While Reps. Scavello and Tobash have certainly not become poker supporters, this is certainly welcome news for the Pennsylvania poker community.

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

Former Congresswoman Mary Bono (R-CA) will join me live on the next Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast (Monday, 2/24) to discuss the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring poker journalist Marco Valerio and Wendeen Eolis of Eolis International Group (who also writes a regular column for Poker Player Newspaper).

The program airs live Monday at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in here each week for the live show!

This Monday’s show featured an interview with PPA Texas State Director Matt Allen. If you missed the webcast, I hope you will listen to or download the free podcast and check it out! Play Now

15 Attorneys General Sent a Letter to Congress; Does Your AG Support or Oppose Your Rights?

On February 4, 2014 fifteen state attorneys general (and the AG from Guam) sent a letter to Congressional leaders calling for a nationwide ban on Internet poker and other Internet gaming. For weeks, the poker community contacted their attorneys general and, as I mentioned in a prior update, 35 of them rejected this letter and the call for an Internet poker prohibition. Several thousand tweets, emails and phone calls were delivered, and it made a difference. Thank you!

PPA has a new webpage with a new tweet to send to your state attorney general. Please take a moment to visit the page and take action. It is important that we thank those who stood with us and remind those who oppose us that we have taken notice. Please take action here!

Lock Poker Issues

As I mentioned in the last update, players have been experiencing difficulties in withdrawing money from Lock Poker for some time. Again, the poker-Black Friday offshore US-facing online poker market has been caveat emptor, so every player choosing such a site needs to be vigilant.

PPA continues to call on Lock Poker to do the right thing and to play its players. I encourage everyone to read the thread on Two Plus Two regarding Lock Poker’s payment problems before making a deposit there.

PPA Twitter Town Hall

On Thursday, February 27th, from 6:30 to 7 PM, PPA will host its first ever Twitter town hall.

This is your chance to ask poker related questions and get a response directly from PPA Executive Director John Pappas. Twitter town halls are a simple way for followers to have their questions answered directly in an informal social environment. This town hall will allow PPA to connect directly with its supporters and give you a chance to get real insider information from John Pappas.

All you have to do is tweet your questions to @PPAPoker using the hashtag #AskPPA. It is that simple! We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to have your questions answered on February 27th.

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US Supreme Court Potentially Days Away from Taking Poker Case – PocketFives (02/20/2014)

South Point Launches Nevada Web Poker Product – CardPlayer (02/19/2014)

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Ditch Pursuit of International Site PokerTribes.com – Indian Country Today Media Network (02/18/2014)

Is It a Federal Crime to Host a Poker Game? SCOTUS May Soon Decide – Reason (02/18/2014)

Online gamblers in N.J. expected to triple in 2014 – USA Today (02/17/2014)

Garden City Group Begins Testing Bank Accounts of Full Tilt Petitioners – PocketFives (02/17/2014)

Louisiana Governor Determined to Stop Online Gambling – Poker News Daily (02/17/2014)

Concerns growing over how spread of online gambling will play out – Los Angeles Time (02/16/2014)

Inside Gaming: Scorn troopers sow fear of Net bets – Las Vegas Review-Journal (02/15/2014)

Mary Bono still against ban on Internet gambling – The Desert Sun (02/15/2014)

South Point Launches Nevada Web Poker Product - CardPlayer (02/19/2014)



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Weekly Update: Proposed online poker ban in PA, PPA activism in MD, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations This week in poker started off with Venetian / Las Vegas Sands and CEO Sheldon Adelson’s Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling posting a frenzied, Reefer Madness-esque video attacking online poker and other online gaming with ridiculous hysterics. They even referred to their fellow gaming companies as “disreputable”!

CEO Sheldon Adelson's Coalition

One can sense the desperation in this all-out approach. Their efforts to date have clearly not produced the groundswell of opposition to online poker that they had hoped. In fact, it has actually aided the push for licensed US poker by giving us a platform.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that it just means Adelson will fight harder. In fact, we now see them going after individual anti-gaming lawmakers in an attempt to create an appearance of growing opposition, while simultaneously making state-by-state advocacy tougher.

Just two days ago, we saw a despicable attempt to criminalize playing online poker in Pennsylvania. State Rep. Mario Scavello outlined his plan on Tuesday, calling for jail time for poker players! Adelson’s coalition immediately released a statement characterizing criminalization of online poker playing as “a step in the right direction.” They followed this with, “We call on the Pennsylvania Legislature to vote in favor of this bill and send a powerful message that online gaming has no place in American society.” And, when they say “gaming”, make no mistake – they mean poker too. They have been very clear on that.

This coalition also announced its list of members. While there are some new opponents, it is largely the same faith and family groups who have always opposed us and, for that matter, who are opposed to bricks-and-mortar casinos like the Venetian. This is not the first time Adelson has used a scorched earth policy to try to achieve his aims.

What does all this mean? Well, with Adelson seeing a need to fight harder, it just means PPA and the poker community will continue fighting harder too!

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

I have great news. On Monday, February 24th, former Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA) will join me live on the Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast to discuss the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection. This will be followed by a panel discussion featuring poker journalist Marco Valerio.

The program airs live Monday at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in here each week for the live show!

This Monday’s show featured an interview with poker activist Mike Qualley, followed by a panel discussion with Mike and poker journalist Steve Ruddock. If you missed the webcast, I hope you will listen to or download the free podcast and check it out! Play<br<br />/>Now

Maryland Update

PPA Director of Grassroots and External Affairs Drew Lesofski, along with PPA activists Neil O’Connor and Akintunde Akinola, testified at the Maryland State House yesterday in support of H.B. 305, a bill that would make it expressly legal to play in and host home poker games in the state.  PPA Executive Director John Pappas testified in support of S.B. 428, the Senate version of H.B. 305. We look forward to continue our fight in changing Maryland’s antiquated home poker law.

Neil O'Connor, Akintunde Akinola and Drew Lesofski
Neil O’Connor, Akintunde Akinola and Drew Lesofski

Lock Poker Issues

Poker player have been experiencing difficulties in withdrawing money from Lock Poker for some time. Without a doubt, the poker-Black Friday offshore US-facing online poker market has been caveat emptor. So, it is up to every player to be vigilant.

PPA calls on Lock Poker to do the right thing. I encourage everyone to read the thread on Two Plus Two regarding Lock Poker’s payment problems. I will be posting more on this matter in the next update.

PPA Twitter Town Hall

On Thursday, February 27th, from 6:30 to 7 PM, PPA will host its first ever Twitter town hall!

This is your chance to ask poker related questions and get a response directly from PPA’s Executive Director John Pappas. Twitter town halls are a simple way for followers to have their questions answered directly in an informal social environment. This town hall will allow PPA to connect directly with its supporters and give you a chance to get real insider information from PPA’s Executive Director.

All you have to do is tweet your questions to @PPAPoker using the hashtag #AskPPA. It is that simple! We urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to have your questions answered on February 27th.

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George Pataki: Just Another Gambling Hypocrite – Rouletters (02/12/2014)

Las Vegas Sands Sites Hacked as Posts Criticize Adelson – Bloomberg (02/12/2014)

New Jersey Players Switch to Regulated Sites – PokerFuse (02/11/2014)

Adelson-backed coalition sends anti-online gaming missive to AGA members, attacks organization’s claims – Ralston Reports (02/10/2014)

Will Massachusetts Roll the Dice with Online Gambling? – GoLocalWorcester (02/10/2014)

What Do Terrorism and Online Poker Have in Common? – National Journal (02/10/2014)

State of Play-Is 2014 the Year of Internet Gaming? – National Law Review (02/10/2014)

Washington seniors fight city after gambling ban shuts down poker game – Fox News (02/08/2014)

Coalition for Consumer & Online Protection Oppose Sheldon Adelson – Bluff (02/07/2014)

Is Your Online Fantasy Baseball League Legal? – Forbes (02/07/2014)

Sheldon Adelson Looks To Open Up Florida for Casino Gaming – Poker News Daily (02/07/2014)

Poker dealer auditions at S. Florida card rooms can be grueling – South Florida Sun-Sentinel (02/07/2014)

Delaware looks to grow its gambling business – Delaware Online (02/06/2014)

MGM, AGA Strike Back At Anti-Online Gambling Talks – CardPlayer (02/05/2014)

Will Massachusetts Roll the Dice with Online Gambling? - GoLocalWorcester (02/10/2014)



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Weekly Update: New Online Poker/Gaming Coalition, Full Tilt Update, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Friday, February 7th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations I have very good news to share this week. A new coalition – the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection – has been formed to help fight the proposed federal ban on Internet poker and other online wagering. This new Washington, D.C.-based coalition, backed by MGM Resorts International and the American Gaming Association with the support of various commercial casinos, equipment manufacturers, Indian tribes and technology companies, is not seeking a specific agenda. Rather, these diverse gaming interests have come together, united around a common goal – defeating Congressional attempts to expand the scope of the Wire Act.

A few years ago, Internet betting opponents tended to focus on online casino-style gaming. Unfortunately, our current opposition is focusing directly on the great game of poker. In this environment, it really makes sense for all stakeholders, especially the poker community, to band together to defeat all efforts to expand the Wire Act.

I encourage you to take a moment to read more about this here, here, and here.

PPA will, of course, focus solely on poker advocacy and remain neutral on all non-poker wagering. Additionally, we will continue to differentiate poker as a game of skill, as always. What do you think? Please let us know on the PPA Facebook page.

Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection

Poker Wins the Attorneys General Letter Fight!

As I shared with you a couple of weeks ago, Las Vegas Sands Corp. / Venetian Casino and its CEO, Sheldon Adelson, asked all fifty state attorneys general to sign a letter that, while cleverly worded to sound as if it merely seeks clarification of the scope of the Wire Act, is actually in support of a bill to ban online poker nationwide. AG letters have been used effectively against us in the past, when 49 signed an anti-online poker prior to UIGEA passing in 2006 and 43 a couple of years later.

I have good news. Just fifteen attorneys general (sixteen including Guam) signed onto this letter, falling far short of the requirement to be adopted as National Association of Attorneys General policy, and even well below that to use NAAG letterhead. While these are sixteen more than we wanted, it represents strong improvement. And, as all fifty were lobbied hard to sign on, it means 35 attorneys general rejected it.

I thank everyone for taking the time to tell their attorney general that we do not want a poker prohibition. We were certainly heard!

Full Tilt Poker Remission Update

Full Tilt Poker Claims Administrator Garden City Group recently started emailing poker players tagged as affiliates the net balances they would be eligible to claim. The net balance was to be their site balance minus their affiliate income. However, the amount these players were provided also deducted all their rakeback. And, there was no formal appeal process.

Once this situation came to light, PPA Executive Director John Pappas immediately gathered up information from member Aaron “WiltOnTilt” Wilt to take to the Justice Department as an example to demonstrate the problem. Aaron had already supplied Garden City Group with information detailing the problem, while also detailing it on OnlinePokerReport.com and Two Plus Two, so it was ready to go. John explained the situation to DoJ. The DoJ agreed and adjusted the procedure to address this issue.

Earlier this week, GCG confirmed this on their website with the following announcement:

INFORMATION REGARDING AFFILIATE BALANCES

Affiliate balances shown upon logging into the online filing site were determined by deducting from the account balance all payments labeled as Affiliate payments in the data provided by Full Tilt Poker. The Department of Justice does not consider rakeback an Affiliate payment and will include rakeback payments in approved remission amounts. However, if rakeback was labeled by Full Tilt Poker as an Affiliate payment on a particular account and was therefore deducted from the balance, it is the player’s responsibility to dispute the account balance and provide an explanation differentiating rakeback from Affiliate revenue.

Updated: 2/4/14

Maryland Update

PPA Executive Director John Pappas testified at the Maryland State Senate earlier this week on S.B. 428, a bill that would make it expressly legal to play in and host home poker games in the state. There will be further hearings, for a great step toward fixing this antiquated law.

John Pappas and PPA member Akintunde<br />Akinola
John Pappas and PPA member Akintunde Akinola

New National Survey Finds Strong Support for Online Poker

A new national survey found that many Americans strongly oppose a nationwide ban on online poker and online casino-style gaming. PPA will, of course, be sharing these results with lawmakers and media. Read all of the findings here.

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Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

The Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast airs live Monday at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. This week, the show features an interview with PPA Executive Director John Pappas.

If you missed the webcast, I hope you will listen to or download the free podcast and check it out. It is available as a directly downloadable MP3 file (right click to save, left click to listen) or as a free iTunes download.

Play<br<br />/>Now

Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in each Monday evening for the live webcast!

Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

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Mississippi Internet gambling bill dies, other states considering legalization – THe Mississippi Link (02/06/2014)

Minnesota Lottery debuts online scratch-off game – Pioneer Press (02/06/2014)

At least 10 states expected to consider allowing online gambling this year – Washington Post (02/05/2014)

Coalition says gambling ban will fail like Prohibition – The Hill (02/05/2014)

Group takes on Adelson on Internet gambling – Politico (02/05/2014)

PPA February Update – Two Plus Two Magazine (02/05/2014)

Former Full Tilt Affiliates Can Claim Rakeback Payments as Part of Their Remmissions – PokerFuse (02/04/2014)

With Online Gaming Legalized In N.J., Virgin, Others Building Virtual Boardwalk Empires – Forbes (02/04/2014)

Is Wisconsin the Next State to Enter iGaming Mix? – Poker News (02/04/2014)

Wynn gets OK for online gambling in New Jersey, puts efforts on hold – Las Vegas Review-Journal (02/03/2014)

New Jersey Bill Calls For Internet Gambling Expansion – CardPlayer (02/03/2014)

California Legislators Continue to Grapple with Gambling Options – Casino.org (02/02/2014)

Nevada Poker Finally On The Upswing – CardPlayer (01/31/2014)

Coalitions launch campaigns against online gambling – Press of Atlantic City (01/31/2014)

Illinois lawmakers extend online betting law – 5 KSDK (01/29/2014)

Massachusetts Lottery Wants To Test Free-Play Online Poker – CardPlayer (01/29/2014)

The 50-State iGaming Initiative: Alabama to California – Poker News (01/29/2014)

The 50-State iGaming Initiative: Alabama to California - Poker News (01/29/2014)


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