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Weekly Update: PPA Testifying at New York State Online Poker Hearing, Take Action, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, August 27th, 2015

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Weekly Update: New York to Hold Online Poker Hearing, Ron Paul on Poker Advocacy Webcast, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, August 20th, 2015

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Weekly Update: GOP Debate Fallout, WI Advocacy for Poker, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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Weekly Update: Most Anti-Poker GOP Candidates Fail to Qualify for Debate, Ron Paul Returns to Poker Advocacy Webcast

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, August 6th, 2015

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Weekly Update: Take Action for Poker During the August Recess

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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Weekly Update: Sheldon Adelson Pushes Anti-Poker Agenda, Take Action for Poker, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, July 23rd, 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 shared the news that, due to the strong fight by poker supporters, Sheldon Adelson and his minions may be forced to scale back the scope of the so-called Restoration of America’s Wire Act. Rather than the full ban they want, our opponents may be forced to settle for a push for a moratorium on new states licensing online poker sites while a federal study on online poker and other online gaming is conducted.

My first thoughts on this were quite incredulous. For one, it still impacts states considering the online poker question in exactly the same manner as RAWA, as it would ban them from moving forward. Another obvious question is how Rep. Jason Chaffetz will claim to wish to learn about online poker safety, geolocation, etc., when he adamantly refused to let experts in online poker security testify as his farcical March hearing on RAWA. Chaffetz would not have needed to search far — PPA organized technical demonstrations on Capitol Hill that were conducted throughout the day of the hearing!

All that being said, it is definitely not all good news. Adelson is up to his old tricks. Rather than seeking to win the hearts and minds of the American people on his anti-poker agenda, Adelson prefers to press his case in the backrooms of Congress. His Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling has added yet another lobbying firm, Squire Patton Boggs, to the roster. Lobbyists for Squire Patton Boggs include former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), former Sen. John Breaux (D-LA) and many former congressional staffers.

So, the push is on…again. As PPA Executive Director John Pappas and I say often, we have to win every time, while Adelson has to win just once. We have pushed them back thus far. Let’s win this one too. Can I count on you to step up to take on this challenge?


Take Action

Last week, I asked you to send PPA’s prewritten, fully editable letter specifically in support of Rep. Joe Barton’s bill. This week, we have another new letter, this one focused on opposition to RAWA (H.R. 707 / S. 1668).

You can send this letter to your Congressman, both of your Senators, and the President in just 60 seconds. Please take a moment to send the letter and to ask friends and family to send theirs as well. Please ensure your elected representatives know you want Congress to support your right to licensed online poker!



Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast, PPA CO State Director & OnTilt Radio CEO Robin Jones joined me for a discussion on the latest on Sheldon Adelson’s anti-poker efforts, On Tilt Radio’s operations, poker activism and Colorado issues. I hope you will find it interesting and informative.


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Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Tuesdays 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 Tuesday evening at www.ontiltradio.com.

 
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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.


 

PPA July Update – 2+2 Magazine (07/23/2015)

When Congress Shouldn’t Act: Let States Advance Economic Growth and Protect Consumers – Roll Call (07/23/2015)

Pennsylvania’s Online Gambling Industry Will Outperform NJ: Here’s Why – US Poker (07/23/2015)

Growing Opposition To RAWA Bill To Ban Internet Gambling – Inquisitr (07/22/2015)

9th Circuit rules against CdA Tribe in Texas Hold ‘Em poker case – The Spokesman-Review (07/22/2015)

For Love Or Money: Fans And Businesses Flock To Fantasy Sports – NPR (07/22/2015)

Documents show DOJ, NFL have argued that sports betting is skill-based – ESPN (07/21/2015)

Former Sen. Trent Lott: Sheldon Adelson Hires Yet Another Burned-Out Money Whore – Nolan Dolla (07/21/2015)

Churchill Downs Inc. folds on Bluff publication – The Courier-Journal (07/21/2015)

N.J. online gambling opponents hire heavy hitters to lobby Congress – NJ.com (07/21/2015)

The 2015 WSOP November Nine Could Be A Powerful Advocacy Tool For Regulated Online Poker – Online Poker Report (07/15/2015)

Virtual Reality Coming to Online Poker? – PocketFives (07/21/2015)

Growing Opposition To RAWA Bill To Ban Internet Gambling  – Inquisitr (07/22/2015)


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: RAWA-lite Pushed in Congress, New Letter for Poker and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, July 16th, 2015

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PPA at WSOP, PPA at Key Gaming Conference, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Friday, July 10th, 2015

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations
 

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

As I have shared with you over the past few weeks, PPA has been very busy at the WSOP, meeting with players and enthusiasts, media, and everyone else who wishes to learn more about the poker fight. So, for the Main Event, we were at the WSOP for about two weeks straight, spreading the word and advocating for our game.

PPA Director of Membership & PokerPAC Bryan Spadaro, PPA Information Technology Manager Randy Lau, PPA Member Relations & Social Media Manager Dave McGoldrick, PPA CA State Director Steve Miller and I were there, with Bryan and Randy there the first half of our time there and Dave, Steve and I there for the second half. It was an eventful, productive two weeks.

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), sponsor of HR 2888, the Internet Poker Freedom Act, joined PPA at the Rio. He gave the “shuffle up and deal” command to kick off a WSOP Event, while also meeting media and poker players at the PPA booth.



Rep. Barton giving an interview at the PPA WSOP booth


Actor James Woods chatting with Rep. Barton


Rep. Barton hosting a fun tournament, discussing the fight with pros such as Chris Moneymaker


A great time had by all, as Congressman Barton outlasted many of the pros

In addition to hosting Rep. Barton at the WSOP, Bryan and Randy met with many players and enthusiasts, sharing information on the fight for poker and all PPA is doing in defense of our rights.

Dave, Steve and I had a great trip as well. We met with many poker players and shared details of the fight and what we as a community can do to win it.



Steve Miller, Dave McGoldrick, and me


I had a chance to chat with 2004 WSOP Main Event Champion & PPA Board Member Greg Raymer, here and on my webcast

North American Gaming Regulators Association Conference

As I shared in an earlier update, on June 17th, PPA Litigation Support Director and Board member Patrick Fleming gave a presentation at the North American Gaming Regulators Association conference in Denver, CO.

This is the second time Patrick has spoken at the NAGRA conference. He reports that he and PPA were well received by the regulators. Much of the conference was dedicated to online poker and other online gaming, so Patrick was able to connect and converse with many online gaming regulators as well as gaming regulators in states considering online poker. Patrick reports that the regulators seem quite comfortable with their ability to undertake the task.

Patrick’s presentation this year was on the subject of poker skills. This was not designed to be a teaching course on how to play poker, but rather an exploration of the kind of skills needed to be a successful player. Patrick used videos to make the presentation informative as well as entertaining. After speaking, Patrick was engaged by numerous attendees who appreciated the need to understand poker as a game of skill and its unique place in gaming. An outline of the presentation is available as an e-publication (formats: epub, pdf), which I encourage you to read.


New Hampshire Charity Poker Law

Last week the state of New Hampshire expanded its poker offerings at that state’s charity card rooms. Thanks to a change in the law sought by a coalition of interests, including PPA, for the last two years, players can now play $1-2 and $2-4 no limit Texas Hold ‘em.

There is a cap on the buy in at $150, but this cap applies only per game, which is being considered by the regulators to be a single hand. Most rooms also have a cap on the number of buy ins allowed per evening, but NH players are now quite happy to have places close to home to play their favorite game, and reports from the rooms are that the tables are already crowded!


Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast, live from the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, 2004 WSOP Main Event Champion & PPA Board Member Greg Raymer joined me for a discussion on this year’s WSOP, poker activism, and Sheldon Adelson’s ongoing efforts to ban our game. Following my chat with Greg, Campaign for Liberty Senior Vice President Norman Singleton, who served as former Rep. Ron Paul’s legislative director while Dr. Paul was in Congress, joined me for a discussion on his organization, poker legislation, civil asset forfeiture, and liberty. You won’t want to miss this.


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Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Tuesdays 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 Tuesday 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.


 

New Plan For RAWA: Don’t Ban Online Gambling, Just Pause Forever – US Poker (07/10/2015)

Hope All But Gone After Online Poker Bills Pulled From CA Hearing – Bluff (07/09/2015)

Yahoo introduces betting to its fantasy sports – LA Times (07/09/2015)

Internet gaming no threat to racing – Republican Herald (07/08/2015)

Quebec Wants ISPs to Block Access to Gambling Sites Competing Against Its Monopoly – Vice (07/08/2015)

WSOP.com Online Championship Series Delivers Win For Nevada – Online Poker Report (07/08/2015)

Online Poker Pulled from California Hearing; Horse Racing Tracks Adverse to Compromise – Poker News (07/08/2015)

Fantasy Sports And The Lottery? Massachusetts Bill Illustrates Another Possible Avenue For DFS – Legal Sports Report (07/07/2015)

Devolving Online Gaming Regulation To States Is A Good Bet – Times-Herald (07/06/2015)

Hacker Attacks Gambling Websites, Demands Bitcoin Ransom – New York Times (07/07/2015)

New Plan For RAWA: Don’t Ban Online Gambling, Just Pause Forever – US Poker (07/10/2015)


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: Opposition to Graham-Rubio Online Poker Ban Bill Grows, PPA at WSOP, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

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Weekly Update: New federal poker bills, CA poker hearing, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Friday, June 26th, 2015

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