Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations
I need your help. And, it’s not just me. It’s the entire poker community. You see, lawmakers need to hear from the people before they will move on issues like poker. Lobbying helps a great deal, but lobbyists need the ammo that only organized players and enthusiasts can provide.
Sadly, while many are active every day, too many of us are on the sidelines waiting for poker legislation when we are all sorely needed on the front lines, creating opportunities for the legislation we all desire.
The Poker Daily Action Plan initiative to tweet every Congressman this month has been very successful, so we now need to take it to the next level. Will you take ten minutes per day for the rest of the month to ensure your voice is heard? You do not even have to be a Twitter regular. If you do not wish to use Twitter outside of the action plan, simply sign up and use this tool for poker advocacy only. It is quick, easy, and effective.
We need you. Please accept your invitation here. Thank you.
Pappas Represents Poker Community at #GiGse14
This week, executive director John Pappas attended the Global Internet Gaming Summit and Expo (GiGse), one of the largest conferences dedicated to discussions on Internet poker and Internet gaming in North America. Several hundred gaming executives, regulators, legislators, Internet poker and Internet gaming vendors gathered for three days in packed conference rooms.
During his time at GiGse, Pappas met with CEOs, other tops executive, lawyers, lawmakers and lobbyists to discuss pressing issues facing the industry and to share ideas and solutions. Pappas also attended many of the sponsored panel discussions to gather insights on various topics such as social gaming, payment processing and the future of Interstate compacts.
While much of the media coverage of the U.S. industry today focuses on the lower-than-promised revenue (most notably in New Jersey) it was reassuring to hear from so many in the industry who understand the tremendous upside of the U.S. market. Naturally, the media want to focus on the money; however, the untold story of U.S. Internet poker is the tremendous regulatory success. Few could have predicted how quickly New Jersey came online and how robust and reliable the consumer protection software and accountability would be. No doubt there have been challenges and there is work to do to improve the player experience, but from a regulatory standpoint it has been a huge success.
Another topic of regular discussion was the recent acquisition of PokerStars by Amaya Gaming. Pappas was able to meet with executives from both companies and left the conference even more confident that the experience players have come to expect on PokerStars will not be compromised now, or in the future – especially when PokerStars returns to the U.S. market. On that front, there was much discussion and debate. However, American fans of PokerStars should be pleased to hear that even some of the strongest opponents of their re-entry into the U.S. seem to have softened their position. Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Global Poker Index, summarized the situation well when he said that poker players want PokerStars back and when they come back it will make the industry stronger. This sentiment was near universal and was heard by many important decision makers in the regulated states and in states like California and Pennsylvania, where legislation is moving.
I will share more from GiGSE 2014 in next week’s update. In the meantime, I encourage you to review the #GIGSE14 hashtag on Twitter to see what Pappas and others have to say about the conference.
Stan Tavenner named Montana State Director
We’d like to give a big shout out to our newest state director, Stan Tavenner from Ennis, Montana. Stan has been an active member of the PPA in Montana. In 2012, with PPA’s help, Stan worked with the state Gaming Commission to modernize state law. He was successful in helping raising the pot limit to a more realistic amount, helped increase tournaments from 12 to 16 a year and allowed poker rooms to hold as many small stake tournaments as they wanted too.
We’re really excited to have Stan on board!
Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny
On this week’s webcast, I was joined by Minnesota poker pro Chris ‘Fox’ Wallace to discuss his career and this year’s WSOP. Chris and I were then joined by PPA MN State Director Mike Qualley and poker activist Lori Kolstad for panel discussion on Minnesota poker advocacy and other poker issues. You won’t want to miss this!
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.
For the most up-to-date news, follow us at:
Thank you for your continued support!
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.