Weekly Update: The PPA Town Hall meeting tour kicks off this month (05/16/2012)

May 15th, 2012

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

I have some exciting news to share. PPA is kicking off the PPA Town Hall meeting tour this month. PPA Director of Grassroots and External Affairs Drew Lesofski and I will be traveling to various cities across the country to meet with the poker community, to hear your concerns and answer your questions in person, and to share all that PPA is doing.

The kickoff will be in Tampa, FL, on May 23rd, followed by a Fort Lauderdale, FL town hall on the 24th. We will be joined by poker coach and mindset expert PPA FL State Director Donna Blevins (PokerMindsetAcademy.com). Aside from great discussion, as an added bonus Donna will offer a one-hour complimentary poker training session! So, I hope everyone in the area will join us for a great evening.

On the advocacy front, as the fight for poker rights continues on Capitol Hill and in statehouses across our great nation, it is imperative that we all keep up the pressure on our lawmakers to ensure that they know we want and expect our rights as poker players to be respected. You received an email yesterday encouraging you to meet with your Congressman over the Memorial Day recess (here). I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to make yourself heard one-on-one with your elected representative. Can I count on you to participate?

Speaking of ensuring we are heard, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee Facebook page recently banned many poker enthusiasts from posting on their page. As we poker enthusiasts have business before that committee and as all posts there were respectful and courteous, I was outraged by this attack on our right to freedom of speech as well as our right to petition government for redress of grievances – rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. I sent the Committee an email requesting an explanation for this action. Many other poker supporters wrote them as well as part of the Poker Daily Action Plan. I am pleased to report that the Committee reinstated all previously banned posters and is again allowing posts advocating for legislation to license online poker. As you can see, we are being heard. For more information, please check out the story here.

Speaking of taking action, I hope everyone will continue to do just that. Please visit theppa.org/takeaction today!


Upcoming Appearances:

  • Webcast: “Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny” airs live each Monday, at 8 pm ET, on OnTilt Radio (listen live here). Facebook: facebook.com/PokerAdvocacy.
  • Webcast: “PPA Weekly Update” airs live each Tuesday at 9:30 pm ET on Fifth Street Radio (listen live here).

Recent Appearances:

  • 89.3 KPCC-FM (NPR/Southern California Public Radio): “AirTalk” with PPA Executive Director John Pappas vs. Rev. James Butler, Executive Director of the California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion (5/15) (listen here)
  • OnTilt Radio: “Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny” with Mason Malmuth and Kiera Goetz of Two Plus Two, and Shari Geller of Keep Flopping Aces (5/14) (listen here or on iTunes here)
  • Blog Talk Radio: “The Scotty Clark Show,” with guest Rich Muny (5/13) (listen here)
  • “Top Pair,” with guest PPA FL State Director Donna Blevins (5/12) (listen here)
  • Fifth Street Radio: “PPA Weekly Update.” (5/8)(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.

Changes keep World Series of Poker fresh in its 43rd year – Las Vegas Sun (05/09/2012)

No jail for landlord running poker games – The Salem News (05/09/2012)

Linking crime to casinos not always a safe bet – Politifact (05/09/2012)

Possible Gain in Internet Gambling, According to American Gaming Association Report – CardPlayer (05/09/2012)

New Jersey Internet Poker Legislation In Limbo – Poker News Daily (05/10/2012)

Failed online gambling bill will likely be back next year (Salter) – The Mississippi Press (05/14/2012)

AGA: Internet Gaming Won’t Severely Erode B&M Gaming Revenue – PocketFives (05/13/2012)

U.S. Online Poker Regulation Updates From Mainstream Media – Part Time Poker (05/15/2012)

California offered piece of the action from Internet poker – Los Angeles Times (05/15/2012)

State Senate president wants to make Illinois the leader in online gambling – The Republic (05/15/2012)

Nevada Online Poker in 7-10 Months, Regulator Says – CardPlayer (05/15/2012)

Nevada Online Poker in 7-10 Months, Regulator Says - CardPlayer (05/15/2012)

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