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Weekly Update: PPA at GiGse, poker activism tips, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, July 24th, 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 shared with you the news that PPA Executive Director John Pappas represented the poker community at the Global Internet Gaming Summit and Expo (GiGse), one of the largest gatherings for the iGaming industry in North America. As the U.S. market slowly but surely expands, much attention is being focused on harmonizing state-by-state regulatory systems. This was a hot topic of discussion at GiGse, and Pappas discussed these issues with gaming regulators from several states. There was also a panel discussion dedicated to this important topic.

Pappas spoke with many to reinforce the idea that regulatory uniformity is good for the consumer and that common standards — established on day one — will help bring states together to form larger pools of poker players. During the event, 888 CEO Brian Mattingly underscored the need for consistency when he told Gambling Compliance, “…unless we can come up with some harmonization in the way that our software is patented, I can see us having a version for California, a version for Pennsylvania, a version for Wyoming, etc., and that’s something that from a software and technology point of view really is a very difficult set of circumstances to keep and maintain.” According to other gaming executives attending GiGse, in order to minimize variance in compliance requirements, regulators should hash out uniform rules for issues including customer registration, geolocation, age and identity verification, problem gambling, and payments.

The good news is that the regulatory successes of New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada mean that these states are now focused on bringing their regimes into closer alignment. Nevada and Delaware already have an agreement in place that will build liquidity in those less populated states. And, New Jersey is working to create Internet gaming networks that will allow multiple operators to share players. This type of system could be replicated for other states and, ultimately, to bring together operators and players from different states.

It is encouraging that so many regulators from states that are considering Internet poker (such as CA, IL and PA) were in attendance, so they too could learn about the current experience and adjust their regulatory strategies accordingly. Ultimately, that is one of the great values of conferences like GiGse. It brings the industry together to discuss the challenges and to map out solutions. Without question, the next states to come online will have a wealth of great data from which to work, thanks to the trailblazing efforts of Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey.

Poker Daily Action Plan Pro Tip: Signing Up for Twitter

Since last week’s update, where I asked for everyone’s help with a major push to tweet the entire Congress in July, I have heard from many who really wish to participate but who could use a helping hand in creating a Twitter account. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy. I was considering making a video detailing the process, but there are many good instructional videos out there already. Here is one I found effective. Some things to add for our usage:
  1. The Twitter Terms of Service do not require use of your real name. While most of us do use our real names, feel free to choose either your real name or a pseudonym.
  2. You will have to follow five accounts to start. Here are three to consider following:
  3. Please be sure to use some sort of profile picture. It can be you, a local landmark, something poker-themed, etc.
  4. Unless you are intentionally hiding your tweets, please do not protect your tweets. You will want your poker tweets to be visible to all, as this is grassroots activism.
  5. Please let us know if you any questions. Thanks!
Twitter Signup Video


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. This show originally aired last Wednesday, but is definitely worth a second listen!

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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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Delaware Online Gambling Sites Win $188K In June – CardPlayer (07/23/2014)

Parx Casino Prepares for iGaming by Joining Forces with GameAccount Network – PokerNews (07/23/2014)

I. Nelson Rose: Bad Actor Clauses Could Be Legal Under Vice Laws – PocketFives (07/23/2014)

CHART: Regulated Online Poker Reversing Years-Long Slide in Poker Revenue For US Casinos – Online Poker Report (07/22/2014)

Fantasy sports keeps tabs on online gambling – The Hill (07/22/2014)

PokerStars, Full Tilt and Online Poker Players Donate More Than Half a Million Dollars to Philippine Typhoon Victims – PokerFuse (07/22/2014)

Why the chips are down for Internet gambling – Christian Science Monitor (07/21/2014)

Welcome to the New Center of the Online Poker Universe – Online Poker Report (07/21/2014)

State continues close scrutiny of charity poker games – Crain’s Detroit Business (07/21/2014)

As Atlantic City struggles, lawmakers eye North Jersey casinos – The Star-Ledger (07/20/2014)

European Commission Has Issued a Recommendation On Gambling – PokerNews (07/18/2014)

25 California Card Rooms Openly Support Online Poker Bill – Bluff Magazine (07/18/2014)

CHART: Regulated Online Poker Reversing Years-Long Slide in Poker Revenue For US Casinos - Online Poker Report<br />(07/22/2014)



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: Tweet the entire Congress in two weeks, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Friday, July 18th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

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

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!

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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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One Of Vegas’ Oldest Casinos Finds Internet Poker – CardPlayer (07/17/2014)

Full Tilt Drops ‘Poker’ from Domain, Moves to FullTilt.com and FullTilt.eu – PocketFives (07/17/2014)

Ralph Reed Is Helping One Gambling Interest Fight Another — Again – BuzzFeed (07/16/2014)

One of These Nine Men Will Be Poker’s Champ – Bloomberg (07/16/2014)

Lesniak: Fitch lowering online gaming revenue estimates is no surprise – NJBiz (07/16/2014)

Mark Newhouse’s World Series of Poker achievement is simply amazing – USA Today (07/15/2014)

Churchill building online casino in Louisville – The Courier-Journal (07/15/2014)

California Tribe Serves Up False Hope for Online Poker – Bluff (07/15/2014)

Sheldon Adelson Goes After PokerStars in New Jersey – PocketFives (07/15/2014)

Loquacious former S.F. mayor Willie Brown leaves online gambling conference attendees agape – Venture Beat (07/15/2014)

Online gambling brings little revenue to Delaware – Washington Post (07/13/2014)

Nevada Regulators Approve Inter-Operator Online Poker Network – Poker News Daily (07/11/2014)

Ralph Reed Is Helping One Gambling Interest Fight Another — Again - BuzzFeed (07/16/2014)



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: Take Action for Poker, PPA at WSOP, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations I am pleased to share with you all that PPA’s attendance at the World Series of Poker this past weekend was a tremendous success. PPA Executive Director John Pappas and Grassroots Director Drew Lesofski met with many poker players and enthusiasts at the PPA WSOP booth, the Two Plus Two Annual Party, and the PocketFives Annual Party.

Two Plus Two's Mason Malmuth and John Pappas at the Two Plus Two Annual Party
Two Plus Two’s Mason Malmuth and John Pappas at the Two Plus Two Annual Party


PocketFives' Dan Cypra and John Pappas at the PPA booth
PocketFives’ Dan Cypra and John Pappas at the PPA booth


Actor James Woods and Drew Lesofski
Actor James Woods and Drew Lesofski


For more pictures of PPA at the WSOP, please visit the PPA Instagram page.

Similarly, on the activism front, I am very happy to report that the Poker Daily Action Plan initiative to tweet every Congressman this month has been a resounding success. We have seen terrific participation that continues to grow. If you are not yet participating, please accept your invitation here!

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s webcast, I was joined by poker advocate Steve Brogan to discuss the poker fight, the Poker Daily Action Plan, and other poker issues. 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.

Warning on Lock Poker

Due to continued nonpayment of player funds by Lock Poker, along with their refusal to respond to inquires by PPA, PPA has shared with the Department of Justice player concerns regarding this site. We did this in person during regular meetings on ongoing Full Tilt Poker remission.

In the meantime, we warn extreme caution when depositing on Lock Poker. We also strongly warn affiliates to remove Lock Poker ads and positive reviews.

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Casino magnate Adelson adds ex-congressman to his team of lobbyists – The Hill (07/09/2014)

Poker Event In Honor Of Chad Brown To Run Sunday – CardPlayer (07/09/2014)

Runaway Success of WSOP Main Event Scramble Hints at Potential of Regulated Online Poker – Online Poker Report (07/09/2014)

Gambling Online, Gambling in Casinos: What’s More Addictive? – The Atlantic (07/09/2014)

Yale Poker Champion With $10 Million Shows Men How to Play the Game – Bloomberg (07/08/2014)

Lottery CEO thinks mobile gaming the wave of the future – Radio Iowa (07/08/2014)

World Series of Poker tourney draws 6,683 entries – Washington Post (07/08/2014)

Canadian places a risky bet on a legal change to online gambling – The Globe and Mail (07/08/2014)

Delaware and Nevada Interstate Agreement Expected Soon – Bluff (07/07/2014)

Is Poker Good for a Casino? – Poker News (07/04/2014)

3 Reasons Online Gambling Expansion Has Stalled in 2014 – Bluff (07/04/2014)

PPA July Update – Two Plus Two Magazine (07/2014)
Yale Poker Champion With $10 Million Shows Men How to Play the Game - Bloomberg (07/08/2014)



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: July Twitter Congressional Poker Blast, Pennsylvania live poker, PPA @ WSOP, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, July 3rd, 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 shared with you my thoughts on the poker fight as it stands today, with focus on increased media coverage and the general feeling among lawmakers that the issue is now “real.” I received many emails on this, ranging from strong support to one suggestion that I have a naive “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” view of how Capitol Hill works.

I definitely understand the cynicism many have of our nation’s political system. In fact, I personally share much of it. That being said, all of PPA’s actions are grounded in reality and are focused on real plans to move legislation forward. As you know, there are many lobbyists on the Hill and in statehouses across America arguing for online poker. Lawmakers need to know the people want this and that poker players and enthusiasts are organized in the push forward for our game. Individual advocacy — like the poker community’s letters, phone calls, and social media outreach — greatly augment the effort, giving lobbyists the ammunition they need to fight the fight.. It is a true synergy that we as a community benefit from greatly. Lawmakers tell us every day that the voice of the player has played a huge role.

For July, we are tweeting every Congressman. Please click here to accept your invitation to the July Twitter Congressional Poker Blast. I look forward to seeing you there!

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Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s webcast, I was joined by Washington state poker advocate Curt Woodard to discuss the poker fight in WA, the Poker Daily Action Plan, and other poker issues. 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.

Pennsylvania Update

For many months we have been talking about the future of Internet poker in Pennsylvania. During this time a lesser publicized bill has been introduced that would expand the state’s recent law that allows for regulated gaming activities at “eligible licensed establishments.” Specifically, this bill would allow bars and restaurants to offer poker and other “non-banking” card games. PPA has been in contact with state poker advocates about the new bill, H.B. 2080. Currently this bill is waiting further action once the Legislature returns from its Summer recess. Please watch your inbox for future advocacy updates.

PPA at WSOP

PPA will be returning to the World Series of Poker® July 5th – July 7th. While I am unable to attend due to recent surgery, PPA Executive Director John Pappas and Grassroots Director Drew Lesofski will be on hand at the PPA booth all three days to discuss all your poker questions. Please be sure to take a moment to visit with your PPA leadership.

Things Tim Howard Could Save

Like most Americans the PPA team got caught up in the excitement of World Cup soccer and we were impressed and inspired by the performance of team USA. While they came up short on Tuesday, the story coming out of the loss was the performance of Tim Howard and his record number of incredible saves. It got the world asking about all the #ThingsTimHowardCouldSave. Well, why not online poker? Feel free to share and post this meme.

ThingsTimHowardCouldSave

Happy 4th! Be a Poker Patriot!

On Friday, we celebrate our nation’s Independence. It’s a great reminder that our freedoms are worth fighting for. If you have not done so in 2014, take a moment to become a current member of the PPA and help us keep the fight for Internet poker alive.

On a Personal Note…

Last month, I shared with you that I would be having a large tumor removed from my pituitary gland. This tumor threatened my eyesight and general well being. I am pleased to share that the surgery was a success and, while I still face challenges, I am now totally fit for the fight.

I wish to extend my sincerest gratitude to the poker community for their support. John Pappas and the PPA team were terrific, and Mason and Charmaine Malmuth were incredibly kind and supportive in this time.

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US player, 23, wins $15M in charity poker event – Washington Post (07/02/2014)

LIVING THE DREAM: Meet The American Poker Exiles Who Gamble All Day And Party All Night In Playa Del Carmen – Business Insider (07/03/2014)

Online gaming results suggest more bad news for state casinos – Gulf Live (07/02/2014)

How No-Limit Hold ‘Em Conquered Poker – Bloomberg View (07/01/2014)

Poker Pro Chad Brown Loses His Battle With Cancer – CardPlayer (07/02/2014)

NJ iGaming Weekly: Can Any of NJ’s Online Poker Providers Compete with PokerStars? – Online Poker Report (07/01/2014)

New York regulators receive 17 bids for casino licences – iGaming Business (07/01/2014)

Nevada Online Poker Revenues Rebound in May – Pokerfuse (07/01/2014)

The Big One For One Drop: Mori Eskandani Produces Poker’s Biggest Show – Poker News (06/30/2014)

Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship goes to recreational player – Las Vegas Review-Journal (06/30/2014)

A Funny Thing Happened at the Joe Barton Annual Poker Tourney – CardPlayer (06/29/2014)

Online gambling triggers big change in Internet, CEO says – TribLIVE (06/29/2014)
How No-Limit Hold 'Em Conquered Poker - Bloomberg View (07/01/2014)


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Weekly Update: Poker Daily Action Plan, PPA returning to WSOP, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, June 26th, 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, I wish to share with you some thoughts on the poker fight as it stands today. After all, the question of whether to license and regulate online poker continues to gain steam. We now see our issue discussed in major media regularly. Just last week CNBC had an on-air debate about the merits of regulation versus prohibition and a real time poll found that 65 percent favored regulation. As the game is being dealt in three states now, it is clearly seen as “real.” It is certainly real to politicians at the state and federal levels, and they are paying attention.

Recently, Forbes.com published a piece suggesting that Sheldon Adelson was winning the online poker fight. That opinion is up for considerable debate and of course Chris Grove from OnlinePokerReport.com provided an excellent analysis of the true impact of Sheldon Adelson’s campaign against our freedom to play online.

In this atmosphere, it is incumbent upon us — the players and enthusiasts — to continue to rise up to let our lawmakers know that we demand our right to play. It is easier to do this when we have their ear, so I hope you will join me now in taking a stand via the Poker Daily Action Plan – a call to action that takes just five minutes per day. With ever-magnifying voices, we will be heard.

This week, we are tweeting the entire Senate over ten days. Ten tweets per day; ten days, in just ten seconds per day. I look forward to seeing you there!

Poker Daily Action Plan: facebook.com/PokerDailyActionPlan

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Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s webcast, I was joined by PPA Executive Director John Pappas for a terrific discussion on the proposed purchase of PokerStars by Amaya, and other poker issues. That discussion was followed by a panel discussion with poker journalists Diamond Flush and Steve Ruddock. 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.

PPA at WSOP

PPA will be returning to the World Series of Poker® July 5th – July 8th. PPA Executive Director John Pappas and Grassroots Director Drew Lesofski will be on hand at the PPA booth all three days to discuss all your poker questions. Please come by and visit with your PPA leadership. You won’t want to miss this!

PPA State Director Lands WSOP Bracelet

Congratulations to Oklahoma State Director Jordan Morgan who earlier this week bested a field of more than 1,900 players to win a bracelet in the WSOP Event #44 ($1,500 NLHE). Jordan has served as state director since 2010 and has been a tireless advocate for poker players. Over the years, Jordan has traveled to DC to participate in PPA sponsored “Fly-Ins” to meet with his state Congressional delegation and other national leaders about poker. We are proud of his accomplishments on the felt and we are honored that he advocates for the game and our rights to play.

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Ifrah Law’s Jeff Ifrah Advises No Poker Market Is Possible Without PokerStars – Marketwatch (06/25/2014)

Women In Poker Hall Of Fame Inducts Newest Members – CardPlayer (06/25/2014)

Sheldon Adelson’s Actual Impact on Regulated Online Gambling – Online Poker Report (06/25/2014)

Tribe keeps poker, for now – The Coeur d’ Alene Press (06/25/2014)

Poker Players Busted for Running Illegal Game in Flatiron Apartment: Police – DNAinfo (06/25/2014)

Sheldon Adelson And Rick Perry’s Fair-Weather Federalism – Daily Caller (06/24/2014)

Peppermill-owned casinos join with Ultimate Poker for online games – Las Vegas Sun (06/24/2014)

New Version of UltimateBeat Documentary to be Released in Conjunction with ‘Data Dump’ – Pokerfuse (06/24/2014)

Online gambling revenues fall short – USA Today (06/24/2014)

888 chief would welcome PokerStars to US market – iGaming Business (06/24/2014)

Resorts Plans to Bring Both PokerStars and Full Tilt Brands to New Jersey Market – Pokerfuse (06/23/2014)

The richest man in Vegas has declared war on internet gamblers – Verge (06/20/2014)
Online gambling revenues fall short - USA Today (06/24/2014)



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: News from PPA Litigation Support Director Patrick Fleming, Michigan Charitable Gaming Update, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, June 19th, 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, PPA Executive Director John Pappas shared with you the news of PokerStars’ purchase by Amaya. In addition to the fact that many players have expressed their support for enhanced competition, as well as for PokerStars itself, this purchase should hopefully help to reduce some roadblocks to licensing and regulation. I am definitely encouraged by the news.

To hear more from John on this topic, I encourage you to tune in to the Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast Monday evening at 8 pm ET / 5 pm PT. John and I will live, discussing this and other poker news. That discussion will be followed by a panel discussion with poker journalists Chris Grove, Diamond Flush, and Steve Ruddock. You can listen live at www.ontiltradio.com.

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s webcast, I was joined by poker journalist Chris Grove for a discussion on the PokerStars/Amaya deal. Following that chat, I was joined by poker activists Mike Qualley, Gail Schiffli and Lori Kolstad for a panel discussion on all things poker.

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.

An Update on PPA Litigation Support

As the turn of political and business events continues to surprise us and present us with new opportunities, so do events related to the legal side of the PPA mission. Last week PPA Litigation Support Director Patrick Fleming was asked to speak on the issue of poker being a game of skill at the North American Gaming Regulators Association (NAGRA) annual conference in Minneapolis, MN. The opportunity to present poker players’ views on this issue before representatives of all the gaming control boards of North America was not to be missed. By all reports Patrick’s presentation was a stunning success. “The event organizer told me all the reviews were favorable and many conference attendees came up to me afterwards to express their thanks and/or support,” said Patrick. “I presented a little history of the issue going back to Mark Twain and then showed video of the famous hand from High Stakes Poker where Tom Dwan bluffs Peter Eastgate off trip 3s and Barry Greenstein off pocket aces. I told the more than 50 regulators in the room that there could be no doubt that skill determined the winner of that hand. A lively discussion then ensued.” Patrick says that all of the contacts he made at the conference were positive and that it was great to let the people responsible for maintaining casino integrity aware of the unique nature of poker and different kind of regulation it needs as opposed to house banked casino games.

Patrick also noted that among the regulators he met at the conference were many from New Jersey, including the regulator responsible for NJ DGE’s geo-location regulations. He indicated to Patrick how much he appreciated feedback from the poker playing community and that he enjoyed following the efforts of Rich Muny’s social media advocacy and had even taken to reading poker forums to see how well the New Jersey system was being received. He concluded by saying he hoped to make sure every eligible player could participate with the least amount of trouble and looked forward to further expansion of the games.

Also, as most of you know from previous newsletters, poker players recently had a great litigation victory in the state of Idaho. Despite what many considered significant legal obstacles, 2 poker players were able to get charges of illegal gambling dismissed after their home game was raided. The PPA was extensively involved in assisting the lawyers in that case and our thanks go out to Mr. Davies and Mr. Bartlett for all the hard work they did. What you may not also know is that this case made national news and may also play a part in whether the first commercial poker games offered in Idaho can continue. Our greatest hope is that cases like this will prompt the state legislature to amend its laws to reflect the reality that poker is here to stay and openly allow both home games and regulated commercial games in Idaho.

Other legal efforts continue and we especially want you to note the effort in Wisconsin. PPA’s WI state director Steve Verret is spearheading the fundraising to undertake a lawsuit designed to return poker games to public places by having poker declared a game of skill under WI law. Contributions to that effort can be made through Steve ([email protected]) and we hope everyone with an interest in WI poker will do what they can to help.

The PPA reminds you that all dues-paying members have access to the Litigation Support Network whatever your poker-related legal question might be. Contact Patrick at [email protected].

Michigan Charitable Gaming Update

PPA is continuing to work with the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association in their efforts to pass Senate Bill 878, a bill that will re-establish charitable gaming activities and rescind administrative rules that prohibit bingo games, millionaire parties, or charity gaming.

Last year, the MCAS in association with 11 charities, sued the state to block the new rules imposed on charities by the Michigan Gaming Control Board.  A judge granted the MCAS an injunction and a trial is set for later this year.

SB878 (read here) is currently stuck in the Michigan State House where it is being blocked by Governor Rick Snyder and Speaker of the House Jase Bolger.

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Native Sun Global Gaming to Present Gaming Redefined Online at RES DC – Indian Country Today Media Network (06/18/2014)

K Street hits the jackpot with casino magnate – The Hill (06/19/2014)

Are Bad Actor Clauses in Poker Legislation Unconstitutional? – PocketFives (06/19/2014)

Licensing talks for PokerStars buyer may signal online gaming giant’s return – Las Vegas Sun (06/18/2014)

European online chief: Shuffle up and deal PokerStars in – Las Vegas Review-Journal (06/18/2014)

PokerStars in the United States: The How, Where and When – PokerFuse (06/18/2014)

Newly Introduced Pennsylvania Bill Legalizes Online Poker, And Maybe Everything Else – Online Poker Report (06/18/2014)

Matt Stout Goes for World Series of Poker Gold While Giving Back – Poker News (06/16/2014)

Zynga Inc Adds Poker Leagues To Make App More Challenging – ValueWalk (06/17/2014)

PokerStars Addresses Player Concerns About Sale to Amaya Gaming – Poker News Daily (06/16/2014)

Portugal set to regulate online poker by July 10 – iGaming Business (06/16/2014)

Defeat of Eric Cantor Could Shelve Online Gambling Legislation – PocketFives (06/14/2014)
Licensing talks for PokerStars buyer may signal online gaming giant's return - Las Vegas Sun (06/18/2014)


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Weekly Update: PPA Responds to Amaya/PokerStars Deal and Answers Top Questions

By Poker Players Alliance
Friday, June 13th, 2014

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PPA Responds to Amaya/PokerStars Deal and Answers Top Questions

The major story coming out of this week is undoubtedly the announced acquisition of Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars, by Canadian-based online gaming company Amaya Gaming. The $4.9 billion dollar deal will create the world’s largest Internet gaming company and position the PokerStars brand and platform to reenter the U.S. market. The PPA applauds this news and I believe that it will grow the game we all love. Please take a moment to read our official statement.

The deal also has raised many questions and speculation about the future of PokerStars in the U.S. Let me start by saying I think Amaya is the right partner for PokerStars. They have a good track record and are genuinely committed to the consumer experience. Amaya holds dozens of licenses and certifications worldwide, most notably in New Jersey. This is significant as it would appear to clear the way for the PokerStars brand, under the ownership of Amaya, to be available to New Jersey poker players. If this does happen, it could help the state close the gap on the lofty revenue projections made. We hear from PPA members, not just in New Jersey, but all over the country asking when they can play on PokerStars again. Well, today, we are closer to that becoming a reality.

Many players have also asked what this means for PokerStars in California. As you know, current legislation in that state contains a “bad actor” provision which seeks to exclude companies that operated in the U.S. previously (more directly, PokerStars). The PPA has shared our position on the bad actor language and our State Director outlined these concerns in an op-ed published in the Orange County Register.

Yesterday’s news should change the dynamic in California (and throughout the country) with respect to the bad actor provisions. However, the proposed provisions are far-reaching and some have suggested that even the PokerStars asset (not matter the ownership) would be excluded. Any exclusionary language that targets assets is very problematic and cannot remain in the bill. Never before has a gaming asset been deemed “tainted” and “unsuitable” for licensing and such exclusionary measures would set a troubling precedent in gaming law. Just think of the early days of Vegas when the mob owned and ran the casinos. I also question the constitutionality of a law that punishes a company or its assets when they have never violated state or federal law and even further have settled all matters with the Department of Justice and admitted no wrongdoing. The language just doesn’t make sense and doesn’t belong in any bill.

  Finally, the players have asked and the media has speculated whether yesterday’s acquisition would accelerate resolution of Isai Scheinberg’s (founder of PokerStars) outstanding issues with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). I certainly hope there is swift resolution of these matters. It is important for the poker community to close the Black Friday chapter and move forward. An agreement between Mr. Scheinberg and the DOJ would help do that.

In conclusion, Amaya’s purchase of PokerStars is positive news for poker players and our game. Only time will tell how it will truly impact the poker landscape, but I am optimistic about the future.

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Canadian company acquires PokerStars parent; New Jersey, California seen as opportunities – Las Vegas Review-Journal (06/13/2014)

Here’s The Email PokerStars CEO Mark Scheinberg Sent to Employees Announcing the Amaya Deal – Online Poker Report (06/13/2014)

New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement ‘Encouraged’ by PokerStars Sale – PokerFuse (06/13/2014)

New Jersey online poker monthly revenue hits new low – iGaming Business (06/13/2014)

Online Poker’s High Stakes Game in California – Reason (06/13/2014)

Amaya Purchase Doesn’t Automatically Bring PokerStars to the US – PocketFives (06/13/2014)

Deal Would Make Amaya the World’s Largest Online Gambling Company – New York Times (06/13/2014)

Online gambling hits wall in NJ 6 months after launch – The Star-Ledger (06/12/2014)

Business Buzz: Associations Squabble Over Your Right to Gamble – In the Capital (06/12/2014)

Pennsylvania should act on online gaming before Congress takes away its right to choose: David Williams – The Patriot-News (06/12/2014)

Becky’s Affiliated: Foxwoods Anticipates iGaming in CT with Foxplay – Calvin Ayre (06/12/2014)

Eric Cantor Upset Could Tip Online Gambling Debate – Investor’s Business Daily (06/11/2014)
Deal Would Make Amaya the World's Largest Online Gambling Company - New York Times (06/13/2014)


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Weekly Update: Online Poker Developments in California and Pennsylvania, PPA WSOP Report and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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Internet Poker in California a Dream or Reality

There have been so many fits and starts for online poker in California, it is fair to say it has become a saga. While tribal and other state (and out of state) gaming interests have been the central figures in this epic tale the players are also making their feelings known. After all, online poker is a consumer-driven product and if poker players don’t have a say in the outcome, we can’t expect that the products will be well received. That is why we are concerned that certain provisions of a new “consensus” bill offered up by a coalition of California tribes could thwart real progress this year. Most notably, efforts to pick winners and losers by legislating that certain operators can’t even apply for a license goes too far to limit competition and consumer choice. To learn more about the PPA’s position on the “bad actor” provision click here.

PPA’s California State Director outlined his concerns in a recent opinion editorial in Capitol Weekly a widely read political trade publication. I urge you to read this thoughtful piece that calls on California lawmakers to do the right thing to get legislation passed this year. Even though there seems to be a clear divide with influential California tribes the players can be the equalizer.

This is an election year, and more than ever lawmakers need to be responsive to their constituents. If you live in California please be sure you are reading your PPA emails and taking action to get back your game!

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Discuss Online Poker

On Tuesday, a Pennsylvania Senate Committee held a hearing to discuss the state’s gaming policies, including how it should approach Internet gaming. PPA Executive Director attended the hearing and submitted written testimony for the Committee’s review. Nearly every casino with a presence in the state spoke before the committee and provided their thoughts on Internet poker. And for the most part, every casino saw a bright future for Internet poker. A highlight of the hearing was Caesars Sr. Vice President Michael Cohen who laid out a compelling case for regulation and reminded the committee that their first interest should be to protect Pennsylvania consumers from the current unregulated market. On the flip side, was the predictable testimony from Las Vegas Sands and their representative Andy Abboud. During his testimony he called all gambling “a vice” (not just Internet gambling) that needed to be provided selectively to the public. This was certainly perplexing testimony coming from one of the largest gambling companies in the world. Sadly, they must view their customers as potential addicts rather than responsible adults who play poker and casino games for recreation and entertainment.

In all, the proponents of regulation far outweighed the critics. Even the Senators were in agreement that the state should embrace regulation. However, there were mixed signals from the Senators about moving a bill this year. Some suggested that the state should study the matter further before moving forward. The PPA, working with our State Director Willard Darling will continue to advocate for legislative action this year. If you reside in the Keystone State please be sure to read our emails and take action.

Full video of the hearing and complete copies of the testimony are available on the Committee’s website.

PPA Report from the World Series of Poker


Over the past week, the 45th annual World Series of Poker kicked off at the Rio in Las Vegas. PPA Membership Director Bryan Spadaro and Member Relations Manager Dave McGoldrick were on site this past weekend. The WSOP provides PPA a unique opportunity to speak with poker players from all over the country and on a wide variety of topics. Bryan and Dave heard from players about state-by-state regulation of Internet poker, greater access to live poker games in their hometowns and they were able to provide players with guidance on the Full Tilt Poker remission process. These discussions continue to teach us a lot about what is important to poker players and what PPA can do to help.


On top of the great personal connection Bryan and Dave made, they even got to play some poker! Whether it was at a live table or playing on one of the licensed poker sites in Nevada, they enjoyed being able to participate in the game they work to protect every day. Unfortunately their poker skills were not up to par with the great WSOP competition, so we don’t have any bracelets to showcase in our D.C. offices. Even still, it was a great time.


If you are planning to head out for the Main Event this year, make sure to stop by the PPA booth outside of the Amazon room and say hi to Executive Director John Pappas and Grassroots Director Drew Lesofski. We value your input and support and always look forward to hearing what you the player have to say. See you in a few weeks!


The WSOP is the biggest poker event in the world. It is also the only sporting event on earth where everyone is welcome to play. It doesn’t matter if you are one of the best professionals in the world, or an amateur enthusiast, you can compete at the WSOP. Across the world live poker tournaments are growing and much of this growth can be credited to people learning the game online. Please join the PPA today and help us bring safe, regulated Internet poker back to every state in the US. It’s good for poker, it’s good for poker players and it is the right thing to do. We can’t do it without you!

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Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast, I was joined by Josh Cranfill for a great chat on his upcoming trip to Las Vegas to play in the WSOP Main Event and his disability advocacy efforts. This was followed by a terrific chat with OnTilt Radio CEO & PPA CO State Director Robin Jones. For more on Josh, check out this terrific article on his efforts.

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Update from PPA VP of Player Relations Rich Muny on his Current Status

As many of you know, I have a medical condition that has temporarily put me on the sidelines of the fight. Fortunately, I have surgery scheduled for the next week, after which I will be far from the sidelines, back in the thick of the poker fight! I thank all of you who have taken the time to reach out to wish me the best. Thank you all for your support.

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California Tribes Agree On Web Poker Bill – Card Player (06/04/2014)

Over a dozen arrested in gambling raid – WTVM (06/04/2014)

Pennslyvania Online Gaming Hearing Presents Mixed Views – PokerFuse (06/04/2014)

Draft Web poker bill circulating on Capitol Hill – Las Vegas Review-Journal (06/03/2014)

Judge hears arguments on poker at CdA Tribe casino – The Spokesman-Review (06/03/2014)

Sheldon Adelson Is Winning His War Against Online Gambling – Forbes (06/03/2014)

Michigan Court of Claims grants request to block new charity poker rules – Crain’s Detroit Business (06/03/2014)

Online gaming boosts Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun – Portland Press Herald (06/01/2014)

WSOP 2014: Anyone Can Play Online In Nevada? – Poker News (06/01/2014)

PPA: Disputed Full Tilt Poker Claims Will Now Receive More Attention – PocketFives (05/30/2014)

Lottery commission OKs new multistate Monopoly game – Indianapolis Business Journal (05/30/2014)

Florida City Could See Poker After Court Ruling – Card Player (05/29/2014)
California Tribes Agree On Web Poker Bill - Card Player (06/04/2014)



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Weekly Update: Governor Outreach, FTP Remission Update, WSOP and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations PPA Executive Director, John Pappas recently recorded a video, to update members on PPA’s efforts to combat the Sheldon Adelson backed anti-Internet poker bills in Congress. As you know, these bills attempt to establish a national prohibition of Internet poker and would do nothing to protect consumers. The video highlights PPA’s efforts and gives you an insiders’ take on the current political climate. I encourage you to take a moment and watch this video to learn more about the issue and what you can do to help prevent these bad bills from becoming law.


State Directors Reach out to Governors

PPA State Directors across the country have been busy this month sending letters to their governors outlining why they should support licensing and regulating Internet poker in their respected states. As states like Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey reap the benefits of regulation it is important that we remind other state officials that regulation is the best way to protect consumers and eliminate potentially fraudulent operators from the marketplace.

The state director letters urge governors to enact legislation restoring your freedom to play poker online and encourages them to oppose efforts to prohibit Internet poker at the federal and state level. Prohibition will never trump regulation as a way to protect children, problem gamblers, and the average American. It only encourages criminal activity and denies our law enforcement the power to protect residents from fraudulent operators beyond our borders.

Please watch your inbox for more information from your state director and how you can also weigh-in with your governors.

Update on FTP Funds

On May 28th, Garden City Group (GCG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) updated fulltiltpokerclaims.com with new information about player remission. Within the next few weeks another $15,000,000.00 will be released to approximately 3,500 players. According to the GCG and DOJ this wave of remission will cover petitioner who filed undisputed claims (timely and late) as well as eligible affiliates who filed an undisputed claim. John Pappas spoke earlier this week to his DOJ contacts to inquire about the status of disputed claims. Unfortunately, there is still not a timetable for this remission. According to the DOJ, the Department and GCG continue to go through “volumes” of paperwork that were provided by players with disputed claims. They gave Pappas assurances that they are working on these claims and that this latest announcement means that more time and resources can be dedicated to their resolution. GCG and DOJ expect to provide an update to the affected players this summer. We will continue to communicate with DOJ and share our information with you.

PPA at WSOP This Weekend

Do you feel like you are missing out by not going to the WSOP this year? Well don’t worry, PPA will be at the WSOP this weekend and can keep you up to date on all the great events. Director of Membership and PokerPAC Bryan Spadaro will join Manager of Member Relations and Social Media David McGoldrick at the PPA booth starting Saturday morning. They will be sharing pictures, relevant stories and making sure you feel like you are part of the action. To stay up to date and really get the WSOP experience please like us on Facebook and Google+ and make sure to follow PPA on Twitter and Instagram. You can sort and search using #PPAWSOP. You don’t want to miss out on the fun so follow PPA on social media and share in this experience.

If you are one of the lucky ones who will be in Las Vegas, please stop by the booth to talk about the latest poker issues, pick up a PPA patch to show your support for the game we love and take a picture which will be shared with PPA followers on Twitter and Instagram. We hope to see you there and if not, check out PPA’s social media channels and follow all the excitement from the WSOP.

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast, I was joined by the Fossilman himself — 2004 WSOP Main Event Champion Greg Raymer — for discussion on the WSOP, the Poker Daily Action Plan, and the poker fight. You won’t want to miss this!
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PartyPoker Slowly Rebounding from Google Penalties – PocketFives (05/28/2014)

New Charity Poker Rules headed to court Friday – WXYZ (05/28/2014)

Nevada Casino Gaming Revenue Flat In April But Online Poker Fall 14.5% – CalvinAyre (05/28/2014)

MGM Resorts takes cautious approach to real money Internet gaming – Las Vegas Review-Journal (05/28/2014)

What the New York Times Could Learn from the Poker Table – Parade (05/28/2014)

New Jersey Rolls Snake Eyes in Online Gambling – Bloomberg (05/28/2014)

NJ iGaming Weekly: The WSOP Effect on NJ Online Poker Room Traffic – Online Poker Report (05/28/2014)

Third Round of U.S. Full Tilt Poker Refunds Coming in June – Poker News Daily (05/28/2014)

World Series of Poker Kicks off in Las Vegas – ABC News (05/27/2014)

Mayor Calls Casino Ruling ‘Great News’ – FOX 47 News (05/28/2014)

CdA Tribe: Legally, Texas Hold’Em poker is like golf – The Spokesman-Review (05/27/2014)

From Poker Player to Politician: Tony G Wins Seat in European Parliament – Poker News Daily (05/27/2014)

Will PokerStars be dealt out of legalized online poker in California? – Los Angeles Times (05/24/2014)
Will PokerStars be dealt out of legalized online poker in California? - Los Angeles Times (05/24/2014)



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Weekly Update: NGA opposes federal online poker ban efforts, Judge rules poker is skill, and more

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations Support for online poker continues to grow. The National Governors Association (NGA) has written a letter to Congressional leadership expressing concern and opposition to attempts to implement a national prohibition on online poker. It was written on May 9th, but just released recently. I encourage you to check out this important letter of support here.

This comes while our opponents continue to stumble. Just yesterday, Texas Governor Rick Perry penned a poorly received anti-online poker op-ed for National Review, where he made an awkward attempt to argue that states’ rights are actually protected when the federal government takes rights from states. As of now, this op-ed has not received a single supportive comment. I encourage you to take a moment to make and upvote some comments (here).

Las Vegas Sands Corp. and CEO Sheldon Adelson have clearly been chastened by their lack of progress and public support. They recently pushed the American Gaming Association, of which LVS is a member, to withdraw its active support of regulated online poker. While AGA may no longer be playing a part in the legislative efforts, individual gaming companies, industry organizations like C4COP, and player groups like PPA will play a bigger role in advocating for our game.

In the center of this whirlwind is PPA Executive Director John Pappas. John pays a visit to our nation’s lawmakers and their staffs just about every day. Victories are built by preparation, and the continued preparation and preparedness of the poker community is a big reason our opponents are still shocked that online poker did not go away with the passage of UIGEA in 2006.

I encourage everyone to stay strong in this fight, as it is really heating up. Thanks!

Idaho Judge Rules Poker is a Game of Skill

Last week, a Boise, Idaho judge found that the game of Texas Hold’em is a game of skill. The PPA played a significant role in the positive outcome, providing the PPA member defendants legal advice as well as expert testimony support. The ruling is even getting some national attention. Today, CBS This Morning ran a news segment about the case and the growing discussion nationwide about skill in poker. This is certainly terrific, welcome news. Read the judge’s decision here and watch the CBS video here.

Webcast: Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny

On this week’s Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast, I was joined by Mike Qualley, Mike Exinger and Lori Kolstad for a panel discussion on all things poker. You won’t want to miss this!
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PPA at WSOP

As I shared last week, PPA will be attending the World Series of Poker® this year. We will have a booth at the Rio Hotel & Casino 5/30-6/1 and 7/5-7/8 (the opening days of the Main Event).

PPA Director of Membership & PokerPAC Bryan Spadaro and Member Relations & Social Media Manager Dave McGoldrick will be on hand the weekend of May 30th. If you are in town that weekend, be sure to stop by and chat with them about the action at the tables and in the legislative fight.

Also, please be sure to follow the action online through the PPA Facebook page and on Twitter.

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Two men play their cards to fight Idaho’s gambling law, and win – KBOI-TV (05/22/2014)

American Gaming Association Withdraws Support for Online Gambling – PocketFives (05/21/2014)

Why Casino Heavyweights Just Can’t Decide On Online Gambling – International Business Times (05/21/2014)

NJ iGaming Weekly: After Six Months, NJ’s Top Operators Begin to Make Strides – Online Poker Report (05/21/2014)

National Governors Association Opposes U.S. Online Gaming Ban – Part Time Poker (05/21/2014)

Legalize online poker, so Mass. can reap millions – Boston Globe (05/21/2014)

New Jersey Regulator Demands Removal of Affiliate Links to Unlicensed Online Poker Rooms – PokerFuse (05/21/2014)

Sheldon Adelson: Puppet master of the GOP – The Week Magazine (05/21/2014)

NCLGS Framework Draft Offers Guidelines, Not Directives, for State Online Gaming Regulation – PokerFuse (05/21/2014)

California Indian Tribes Back Online Poker Regulation, As Long As They Do It – Poker News Daily (05/17/2014)

Minn. Senate votes 56-5 to rescind online Lotto scratch-off sales – Minneapolis Star Tribune (05/16/2014)
American Gaming Association Withdraws Support for Online Gambling - PocketFives (05/21/2014)



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