Weekly Update: Poker enthusiasts are taking a stand! (05/02/2012)

May 1st, 2012

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Last week, I told you that I was more optimistic regarding the fight for poker rights than I had been up to that point. This week, I’m even more optimistic. Why? Well, the continuing fallout from the Department of Justice’s December statement on the scope of the Wire Act as not applying to online poker shows that it is more likely than ever that either the federal government or individual states will move to authorize online poker in the near future!

If we all keep pushing for our rights at the federal and the state levels, either Congress or individual states will have to take action. After all, if Congress does not act soon, New Jersey will surely act in the near term, with California not far behind. Once that happens, other states will follow. So, let’s be sure to do our part to push both sides to move forward on this important issue. Can I count on your help here?

Take Action

Let’s keep telling lawmakers to support our rights. By doing this, we are telling them that we will never fold in this fight. These grassroots actions are very powerful, as they empower the pro-poker lobbying effort on Capitol Hill, so let’s all be sure to participate:
  • Let’s sent a prefilled, editable tweet in support of New Jersey’s proposed legislation (S 1565) to license and regulate online poker within that state to Governor Chris Christie, with Senator Jon Kyl, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on copy. Simply click HERE. Let’s ensure that Congress sees poker players reaching out to state leaders for support on state bills, while also showing state leaders that poker players are pushing for federal action. By doing this, we will keep showing lawmakers that waiting and delaying are no longer viable options.
  • Let’s send Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Jon Kyl, House Speaker John Boehner, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor prefilled, editable, tweets. Simply click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.


Upcoming Appearances:
  • Webcast: “Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny” airs live each Monday, now at 8 pm ET, on OnTilt Radio (listen live here)
  • Webcast: “PPA Weekly Update” airs live each Tuesday at 9:30 pm ET, on Fifth Street Radio (listen live here)
Recent Appearances:
  • OnTilt Radio: “Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny.” Poker author, publisher, and owner of Two Plus Two Mason Malmuth joined me to update the community on the status of the Two Plus Two forums. Poker blogger and former professional player Noah Stephens-Davidowitz, aka NoahSD, joined the show for a great interview, as did Ashley Adams, host of House of Cards (4/30) (listen here)
  • Fifth Street Radio: “PPA Weekly Update.” I come on at time point 1:32:00 (4/23) (listen here)
Interview Archives:

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.

PokerStars in settlement talks with prosecutors – Las Vegas Review-Journal (04/24/2012)

PokerStars in talks to buy Full Tilt Poker – WSJ – Reuters (04/25/2012)

Battle Lines Being Drawn Between States, Feds Regarding Online Poker – Poker News Daily (04/26/2012)

Online gambling on Facebook is much farther away than we think – Games News (04/26/2012)

POKER bill Tribal group comes out “opposed unless amended – The Press Enterprise (04/26/2012)

Poker defendant pleads guilty – ESPN (04/30/2012)

Why betting on horses is legal, when gambling elsewhere is not – Innovation Trail (04/30/2012)

Crime down near Best Bet poker room – WJXT (05/01/2012)

PocketFives Launches Local Poker Communities – PocketFives (05/01/2012)

Legislation would allow for poker rooms in Ohio – Toledo Blade (05/01/2012)

Online gambling on Facebook is much farther away than we think - Games News (04/26/2012)

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