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Weekly Update: New Online Poker Licensing Bill in NY, PA Polling Shows Strong Support for Online Poker, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, May 21st, 2015

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Weekly Update: Update on the Fight for Poker, WSOP Seat Giveaway, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

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Weekly Update: WSOP Seats Giveaway, FTP Remission update, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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Weekly Update: Support PPA, California Committee Passes Online Poker Bill, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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Weekly Update: PPA at GiGse, PPA to Testify in CA, Take Action, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

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Weekly Update: PA Committee Votes in Favor of Important Resolution, PPA at Key Gaming Conferences, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Saturday, April 18th, 2015

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

I have great news to share. Last week, I discussed two bills in Pennsylvania — HB 649, that seeks to license and regulate online poker in the Keystone State; and HR 140, a resolution that asks the U.S. Congress to stay out of Pennsylvania’s business in matters like online poker, urging them and the PA Congressional delegation to reject Sheldon Adelson’s so-called Restoration of America’s Wire Act. On April 14th, the PA House Gaming Oversight Committee voted in favor of HR 140, 18-8. The committee then held a hearing on licensing online poker and other online betting the following day, with another hearing scheduled for next month.

Sadly, Las Vegas Sands continues its attacks on our game. LVS VP of Government Relations Andy Abboud showed up at the online poker licensing hearing to ask lawmakers to oppose online poker. As usual, he tried to counter fact with rhetoric and reality with fantasy. While this committee saw through Abboud for the most part, some lawmakers in PA and other states may not know what to believe, which is why it is so important that we all keep reaching out to our lawmakers, demanding our right to play.

In other important news, PPA Executive Director John Pappas will be in Sacramento next week, testifying for online poker legislation in California. While in the Golden State, he will also attend the Global iGaming Summit & Expo (GiGse) in San Francisco. Be sure to follow PPA on Twitter for all the action!

PPA at iGaming North America

Earlier this week, I attended the iGaming North America conference (iGNA), representing the poker community. I also served as moderator for a panel featuring publishers and authors Mason Malmuth and David Sklansky. In addition to the honor of serving this that capacity, this also allowed me to attend all the events, representing PPA and the poker community with no cost to PPA. As we are a nonprofit and as we are good stewards of donations we receive to fight this fight, we are always happy for these types of opportunities to share the word.

Mason Malmuth and yours truly at IGNA
Mason Malmuth and yours truly at IGNA

Marco Valerio and me at IGNA
Marco Valerio and me at IGNA

Mason and Marco will join me on Monday’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast, live at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT to discuss iGNA and the poker fight. Be sure to tune in at www.ontiltradio.com.

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast, in an encore broadcast of a show that originally aired live from Las Vegas, I was joined by poker reporters Chris Grove and Vin Narayanan for a panel chat on the hearing on HR 707/RAWA, the online poker ban bill, and Sheldon Adelson’s ongoing efforts to ban our game. You won’t want to miss this.

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Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Mondays 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 every Monday evening at www.ontiltradio.com.

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Proud to play,
Rich Muny
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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.
 

New credit card code may help online gambling – Press of Atlantic City (04/17/2015)

ACR CEO: ‘DFS Sites are Just as Unregulated as Offshore Online Poker Sites’ – PokerFuse (04/17/2015)

Is Pennsylvania ready to play the odds with online gambling? – PennLive (04/16/2015)

California Lawmakers Will Hold Two Online Poker Hearings In May And June – CA Online Poker (04/16/2015)

NJ Online Poker And Casino Sites Post Record March Revenues While Land-Based Lags – US Poker (04/17/2015)

Resorts AC Owner: NJ Regulators Close To Finishing PokerStars Approval Process – Online Poker Report (04/16/2015)

Resorts online lounge takes mystery out of Internet gambling – CNBC (04/16/2015)

Why Daily Fantasy Sports ‘Against The House’ Is Likely Illegal And Could Destabilize The Industry – Forbes (04/16/2015)

Poker on Twitch Gets Serious as Daniel Negreanu and Griffin Benger Start Live Streams – Poker News (04/15/2015)

Reid, Graham In Civil Union To Pass RAWA – TownHall (04/15/2015)

Retired NYPD sergeant convicted of running illegal poker ring in Staten Island, faces up to 5 years in prison – NY Daily News (04/09/2015)

Is Pennsylvania ready to play the odds with online gambling? – PennLive (04/16/2015)


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: State Opposition to RAWA, White House Petition, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, April 9th, 2015

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Weekly Update: The Fight for Poker Continues, White House Poker Petition, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

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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 with you the House Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on HR 707, the bill to shut down state-authorized poker websites. We won, despite a witness list stacked against us, but that did not come easily. While the casual observer may think it “just happened,” it was actually the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people. And, as the fight is far from over, be assured PPA will keep taking the fight to Las Vegas Sands Corp. (Venetian, Palazzo, and Sands Bethlehem), LVS CEO Sheldon Adelson, and their minions. I know I can count on you to keep up the fight too.

One piece of the effort that ultimately led to our hearing victory was PPA’s attendance at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in February. I shared with you at that time that PPA Executive Director John Pappas had a debate scheduled with Las Vegas Sands VP of Government Relations Andy Abboud, but Abboud did not appear. CPAC sponsor American Conservative Union asked Las Vegas Sands Corp. to send anyone, but they chose not to, apparently preferring backroom lobbying to allowing the light of day on their machinations.

As John Pappas handily defeated anti-poker/gaming activist (and HR 707 subcommittee hearing witness) John Kindt in their debate at CPAC 2011, perhaps it was even less of a surprise that LVS would not take him on. So, instead, John gave a terrific speech on the rights of poker players and of the states to choose to authorize the game. I encourage you to take a moment to watch the just-released “debate” video:

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Take Action: “We the People” Poker Petition to President Obama

We the People is a feature on the White House website that allows Americans to petition the administration on a range of issues. Per the site, “if a petition gets enough support, White House staff will review it, ensure it is sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.” That bar is very high — 100,000 signatures in 30 days — but we can use this opportunity to promote our opposition to HR 707 if we hit the threshold or not.

We successfully petitioned the White House in 2011 and received a response, so please be sure to sign the 2015 petition, and please tweet your followers with a message asking them to sign on too!


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Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast, live from Las Vegas, I was joined by poker reporters Chris Grove and Vin Narayanan for a panel chat on the hearing on HR 707, the online poker ban bill, and Sheldon Adelson’s ongoing efforts to ban our game. You won’t want to miss this.

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Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Mondays 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 every Monday evening at www.ontiltradio.com.

Social Media

For the most up-to-date news, follow us at: Thank you for your continued support!
Proud to play,
Rich Muny
[email protected]

 


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.
 

PPA Veep Rich Muny Launches Anti-RAWA White House Petition – FlushDraw (04/02/2015)

Regulated Online Poker: To Win The Debate, Rethink Your Tactics – Online Poker Report (04/02/2015)

The PokerStars You Knew Is Gone – Here’s What David Baazov Is Replacing It With – USPoker (04/02/2015)

N.J. yet to join multi-state online poker partnership – NJ.com (04/02/2015)

PokerStars Gets Closer to Start Operations in New Jersey – PokerNews (04/01/2015)

Op-Ed: Online poker: Deal me in – The Baltimore Sun (04/01/2015)

Editorial: Growing Talk Of Lottery Exemption Shows RAWA Isn’t About Gambling At All – USPoker (04/01/2015)

Delaware Benefitting from Online Poker Merger with Nevada – PocketFives (03/31/2015)

Recap of RAWA House Subcommittee Hearing and What It Means for iGaming – JDSupra (03/31/2015)

PPA Reaction To RAWA Hearing and Thoughts Going Forward – PokerNews (03/31/2015)

Shuffle up and deal … in Texas? – Star-Telegram (03/29/2015)

Opinion: Is Poker a Game of Chance or Skill? – Newsweek (03/29/2015)

Opinion: Is Poker a Game of Chance or Skill? - Newsweek (03/29/2015)


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: Hearing to Ban Online Poker, Take Action , and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Friday, March 27th, 2015

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

On Wednesday, the House Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee held the hearing on HR 707, the bill to shut down state-authorized poker websites, that I have been discussing with you over the past few weeks. If you missed the live stream, I encourage you to take a moment to watch:


It was a fascinating day for poker. It started with the three technical briefings organized by PPA — one for media, one for governors and staffers, and one for Hill lawmakers and staffers — that I mentioned last week. These briefings, featuring Caesars Interactive, IDology, and GeoComply, demonstrated exactly how online poker technology ensures that players are physically located in an authorized jurisdiction, are of age, and are who they say they are. I hope you will also take a moment to check out this important briefing:


The Congressional hearing, which started a couple of hours after our final technical briefing, was shorter on data and objective evidence and, almost needless to say, far longer on rhetoric and unsubstantiated claims. For instance, HR 707 sponsor Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) dismissed real world data and experience in three states with “do you really believe a 16-year-old” could not gain access to a licensed US site. He had no data, or any evidence of any kind. Just rhetoric.

The invited witnesses were Parry Aftab, Executive Director, Wired Safety; Les Bernal, National Director, Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation; Mr. Michael Fagan, Adjunct Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law; John Kindt, Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, University of Illinois School of Law; and Andrew Moylan, Executive Director and Senior Fellow, R Street. Aftab is supportive of licensing and regulation from an Internet safety viewpoint, while Moylan is supportive from a federalism / limited government point of view. Bernal, Fagan, and Kindt oppose all commercial and state-sponsored gaming, online and otherwise.

Interesting, having three anti-gaming activist witnesses may have proved a bridge too far. As they seemed to be “peas in a pod,” so to speak, continually articulating opposition to all gaming, lawmakers there may have lumped them together as a single witness or at least a single interest. This was clear in the questioning, where these three were called upon less as the hearing progressed.

I think the hearing turned out to be good for poker. Considering the stacked deck of a witness list and the institutional support for Sheldon Adelson, walking away with what many observers saw as a solid win for poker was a terrific outcome. Our advocacy as a community made a huge difference here, from the addition of Andrew Moylan to the witness list to the changing attitudes of the subcommittee members toward our issue. Thanks everyone for taking action for poker!

I invite you to check out all of this and more at PPA HR 707 Hearing Central.

Needless to say, we won the battle, but the war continues. “[This] hearing was about one thing – checking the box to advance Mr. Adelson’s bill,” said John Pappas, PPA executive director. Adelson has his check, so we all must continue our fight.

Take Action
Let’s reach out to lawmakers, via prefilled, editable tweets, who attended the HR 707 hearing. You can send these in less then 60 seconds.

House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte [R-VA]:
House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers [D-MI]:
Rep. Jason Chaffetz [R-UT]:
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee [D-TX]:
Rep. Cedric Richmond [D-LA]:
Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX):

House Minority Leader Harry Reid Announces Retirement

We learned this morning that House Minority Leader Harry Reid will not seek reelection. Sen. Reid supports Adelson online betting ban legislation, but would prefer it to include a poker carveout.

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast, I was joined live by poker pro Ari Engel for a chat on how to get more poker pros involved in the fight for our game. Following my chat with Ari, I was joined by poker activist Lori Davenport and Poker.org’s Chris Icon for a panel chat on the involvement of poker pros and Sheldon Adelson’s ongoing efforts to ban online poker. You won’t want to miss this.

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Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Mondays 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 every Monday evening at www.ontiltradio.com.

Social Media

For the most up-to-date news, follow us at: Thank you for your continued support!
Proud to play,
Rich Muny
[email protected]

 


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.
 

Adelson-Backed Online Gambling Bill Splits GOP At Hearing – Huffington Post (03/26/2015) Click Here For More Hearing Recaps

Nevada online poker players welcome Delaware to the table – News 3 (03/26/2015)

Brewing Live Stream Fight Between Twitch, YouTube Could Affect Online Poker – Part Time Poker (03/26/2015)

Tennessee Considers Poker Rooms – CardPlayer (03/26/2015)

City Sues to Shut Down Illegal Midtown Poker Ring – DNAInfo (03/25/2015)

At hearing, lawmakers weigh measure that would endanger Barton’s poker bill – Dallas Morning News (03/25/2015)

The myth of the child poker player – R Street (03/25/2015)

State lotteries head to Washington to enforce states’ rights on gambling – Lottery Post (03/25/2015)

Race Tracks Want To Be Part Of California Online Poker – CardsChat (03/24/2015)

Nevada Bill Would Limit Gaming Compacts To Poker – Casino.org (03/24/2015)

Web Shop Attorney Slams Banks’ Casino ‘Double Standards’ – Tribune 242 (03/24/2015)

Pennsylvania Holds Online Poker Hearing – CardPlayer (03/23/2015)

Adelson-Backed Online Gambling Bill Splits GOP At Hearing - Huffington Post (03/26/2015)


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: House Hearing on Online Poker Ban Bill Set, Full Tilt Poker Remission Update, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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