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[Press Release] PPA Executive Director John Pappas Testifies before Illinois State Senate on Online Poker (02/26/2014)

By Poker Players Alliance
Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

PPA Executive Director John Pappas Testifies Before Illinois State Senate on Online Poker by pokerplayersalliance

PPA John Pappas – Submitted Testimony (02/26/2014)

By Poker Players Alliance
Monday, February 24th, 2014

PPA John Pappas – Submitted Testimony (02/26/2014) by pokerplayersalliance

[MD] Submitted Testimony of John Pappas, Poker Players Alliance, in support of Maryland Senate Bill 428

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Submitted Testimony of John Pappas, Poker Players Alliance, in support of Maryland Senate Bill 428 by pokerplayersalliance

PPA DC State Director Eric Prag Testifies Before DC City Council

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Nevada Poker Players Let Your Voice be Heard!

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

 
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This Saturday, February 4, 2012, the Nevada Republican Presidential Caucuses will be held throughout the Battle Born State. These caucuses will elevate Nevada into the national political spotlight, with all four candidates making appearances in the state in the next few days.



Governor Mitt Romney

It is important that Governor Mitt Romney, who has a commanding lead in electoral votes, hears from you today that he should support your right to play on safe, U.S. regulated online poker websites.
 
Let’s welcome him to the Battle Born State with an overwhelming response in support of federal licensing and regulation of online poker in the U.S. There are two quick and easy ways to send your message to Governor Romney.
 
Facebook: You can click here to go to his Facebook page and send him this fully editable message:
 
Governor Romney please support my rights to play online poker on U.S. regulated websites. Supporting U.S. regulated sites is the only way to protect consumers, prevent fraud and generate billions of dollars in new tax revenues without raising taxes! Supporting federal regulation of online poker is smart public policy.
 
Twitter: you can reach him via Twitter by sending him the fully editable message below:
 
@mittromney Fed efforts to regulate online #poker is smart public policy. Stand with me in protecting consumers and personal freedoms! 
 
Don’t forget, the other three candidates’ opinions matter too. You can send them a Facebook or Twitter message as well by following the links to their respected social networking pages.



Senator Rick Santorum

Senator Rick Santorum does NOT support your freedom to play online poker in the U.S. To watch his interview on Face to Face with Jon Ralston were he clearly states his opposition to federal regulation of online poker click here.

Facebook You can click here to go to his Facebook page and send him this fully editable message:
 
Senator Rick Santorum please support my rights to play online poker on U.S. regulated websites. Supporting U.S. regulated sites is the only way to protect consumers, prevent fraud and generate millions of dollars in new tax revenues without raising taxes! Supporting federal regulation of online poker is smart public policy.
 
 
Twitter Click here to send him a fully editable message below:
 
@RickSantorum your non-support of a reg U.S. online #poker market only hurts consumers and families & goes against principles of freedom. 
 


Congressman Ron Paul

Congressman Ron Paul is a long time supporter of your rights to play online poker and currently is a co-sponsor of H.R. 2366, Internet Gambling Prohibition, Poker Consumer Protection, and Strengthening UIGEA Act, which is pending before congress.
 
Facebook You can click here to go to his Facebook page and send him this fully editable message:
 
Ron Paul, THANK YOU for supporting my right to play on a U.S. based regulated online #poker site!
 
Twitter Click here to send him a fully editable message below:
 
@RonPaul THANK YOU for supporting my right to play on a U.S. based regulated online #poker site!
 



Speaker Newt Gingrich

Speaker Newt Gingrich has yet to announce his policy on whether he supports regulation of Internet poker. The PPA has reached out to his campaign and will notify you when we learn of his opinion.
 
Facebook You can click here to go to his Facebook page and send him this fully editable message:
 
Speaker Newt Gingrich please support my rights to play online poker on U.S. regulated websites. Supporting U.S. regulated sites is the only way to protect consumers, prevent fraud and generate millions of dollars in new tax revenues without raising taxes! Supporting federal regulation of online poker is smart public policy.
 
Twitter Click here to send him a fully editable message below:
 
@newtgingrich Fed efforts to regulate online #poker is smart public policy. Stand with me in protecting consumers and personal freedoms!


 
With the political spotlight shinning bright on Nevada for the next few days we, as dedicated poker players, need to make sure that the presidential candidates understand that our right to play poker should not be impeded upon. Together we can make a difference. Take action today!
 
Proud to play,
 
Lupe Soto

 
 
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 

[WA] Ferndale man fights state ban on online gambling – Ferndale Record (04/06/11)

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Pros and joes join in Poker Players Alliance rally at state capital

OLYMPIA — Matthew Smith has been a poker player for 20 years, long before he moved to Ferndale last July, but like many other Washingtonians he finds himself unable to play a hand of poker online without fear of being charged with a class C felony.

On March 17, Smith was present in Olympia with members of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) and several professional poker players to tell state legislators how he felt about the law prohibiting online gambling, which was passed in 2006.

According to a PPA press release, Washington is the only state that considers online gambling a class C felony, punishable by a $10,000 fine and/or up to five years in prison.

“People should have the freedom to gamble online in their homes, where they feel comfortable, but instead they face the same charges that sex offenders do in Washington,” Smith said. “I am glad to represent Ferndale in these matters of personal freedom.”

Smith met with Representatives Jason Overstreet and Vincent Buys, and Senator Doug Ericksen of the 42nd Legislative District to express his hopes that the ban would be overturned. He said that all three were in favor of repealing the law.

“For me, it is a question of fairness and appropriate regulation on the part of the state,” Ericksen said.

After meeting with representatives, a poker game was held at a nearby restaurant where Smith and other Washington PPA members played a hand with the likes of former Washington Senator Luke Esser. Ericksen made an appearance, but did not join in the poker game. PPA members also had the opportunity to meet professional poker players Andy Bloch, Linda Johnson and Jan Fisher, who were in Olympia to support PPA’s cause.

John Pappas, executive director of the PPA, said he personally spoke to Washington state legislators who admitted they did not know the severity of the law when they signed the bill.

“It happens often,” Pappas said. “A legislator signs a bill because they trust the person who wrote it, but don’t personally examine the information. Lawmakers didn’t know they were making felons out of poker players who want to gamble with a dollar or two online.”

Washington Senator Margarita Prentice was the driving force behind the internet gambling ban in Washington. She stood behind it firmly in 2006, and recently made public comments about online gamblers that offended not only the online poker community, but other members of the Senate.

Despite protests, the Washington Supreme Court upheld the law in 2010, and online poker sites such as Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker pulled access from Washington to avoid the controversy. However, people are still finding ways to play, and according to PPA member Charla Newman, the PPA just wants to see players have a safe, regulated environment to gamble in.

“Most of our members are upstanding citizens who just want to gamble with a few bucks,” Newman said.

A pole taken by the PPA in 2010 revealed that 80 percent of Washington residents do not support the law banning online gambling. The alternative proposed by the PPA is that the state of Washington license, tax and regulate online gambling to generate state revenues. The number could be in the tens of millions per year, said Pappas

The PPA has vowed to become more of a presence in Washington until the law is repealed, and with more than 20,000 members in Washington alone, no one anticipates the issue will fall away.

Stephanie Plumb
Ferndale Record

[Press Release] Poker Players Alliance Members Meet with Washington Lawmakers (03/17/11)

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, March 17th, 2011

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[Media Advisory] Thursday Poker Pros Join Washingtonians to Lobby Legislators: Washington State Only State Where Online Poker Players Are Criminals (03/15/11)

By Poker Players Alliance
Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

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[Press Release] Chairman of Poker Players Alliance Comments on Governor Chris Christie’s Veto of New Jersey Intrastate Online Gambling Bill (03/03/11)

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, March 10th, 2011

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State: Nevada: Bill: AB258

By Poker Players Alliance
Thursday, March 10th, 2011



Click here for the official page – AB258