Update: Two Hearings on Internet Poker, Daily Action Plans, and more – 11/15/2011

November 15th, 2011

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

I have great news to share with everyone. There will be TWO hearings on the online poker issue this week!

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is holding a hearing to examine the impact of Internet gaming regulation on Indian tribes on Thursday, November 17th at 2:15 PM ET. PPA Chairman former Sen. D’Amato will testify for PPA, to be accompanied by Executive Director John Pappas.

The Senate committee hearing is excellent news for the poker community, as this is not the type of hearing where the poker community would necessarily expect to be invited to provide testimony. The invitation was due both to Sen. D’Amato’s esteemed background and to the activism of all of us in the poker community. Getting a hearing scheduled prior to the Thanksgiving recess was an accomplishment as well. For more, please click here to read PPA’s statement on the issue of tribal online poker, and please click here for details on this important hearing.

Additionally, the U.S. House Subcommittee for Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold another hearing on Internet gaming on Friday, November 18th at 9 AM ET. Please click here for more on this important hearing, and please click here to read PPA’s memo to the subcommittee regarding bot detection technology, how sites handle Internet service disruptions, and discussion of other issues important to the poker community.

These hearings are hard evidence of the great work the poker community has been doing to ensure lawmakers hear from us. I thank everyone for taking the steps necessary to ensure our elected representatives understand that we poker enthusiasts will not back down and will not simply go away! 

Take Action

To ensure that your elected representatives know you demand your rights, please bookmark the daily action plan and check it out every day. I update it every morning with new actions we can take to stand up for the game. These take just a couple of minutes to complete. We have received excellent feedback from lawmakers and our lobbyists on the effectiveness of these actions. 

This week’s actions will focus on this week’s hearings, so please be sure to join in and help poker earn two big wins:

Fight for Poker Rights Daily Action Plan on Two Plus Two
Fight for Poker Rights Daily Action Plan on PocketFives
Fight for Poker Rights Daily Action Plan on Deuces Cracked
Fight for Poker Rights Daily Action Plan on The Donkey Farm


PPA comes before poker media to take on the tough questions as often as possible, as the questions we receive at these interviews are generally representative of the issues in which the poker community is most interested.   

I appeared on Short Stacked Radio last Tuesday (click here to listen…I come on at time point 1:29:30). I will be back on their program this evening (11/15) at 9:30 pm ET to answer more questions and to discuss the upcoming hearings. You can listen live at http://shortstackedradio.com/radio. If you have questions for me that you would like me to address on the show, please email them to me so I can answer them for you.


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.

Greg Raymer Testifies In Failed Virginia Poker Case – Poker News Daily (11/10/2011)
Senate and House to Hold Hearings on Internet Poker Next Week; D’Amato to Testify – Poker News (11/11/2011)
Harvard Law’s Poker Strategic Thinking Society – WBUR (11/12/2011)
Internet matters for U.S. poker – Las Vegas Review-Journal (11/13/2011)
Nevada to Take Applications in February for Internet Poker Licenses – Poker News (11/14/2011)
Harvard Law’s Poker Strategic Thinking Society - WBUR (11/12/2011)

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