Weekly Update: Upcoming Town Halls, Free Poker App and PPA at the WSOP (05/30/12)

May 30th, 2012

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

PPA Director of Grassroots & External Affairs Drew Lesofski, PPA FL State Director Donna Blevins, and I went to Tampa and Fort Lauderdale last week to meet with poker players and enthusiasts at the PPA Florida Town Halls. The events were fantastic, as we had a terrific, detailed discussion on all that PPA is doing and why, along with great feedback from the attendees on PPA’s efforts. I thank the attendees who took time out of their day to meet with us! I also thank Donna for her excellent support and volunteerism and Drew for all his efforts for poker.

Drew and me discussing HR 2366, the Online Poker Act

Drew and Donna

I am excited about this Saturday’s town hall meeting in greater Cincinnati. As the venue (the Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter in Covington, KY) is mere minutes from my home, I look forward to sharing specifics on local concerns with everyone in attendance. If you are in the area, please be sure to attend. You will not want to miss it!

In other news, after nearly eight months, the Obama administration responded to PPA’s We the People petition to license online poker. Deputy Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese issued a four-paragraph response on the issue (read the response here). I believe the response to be excellent for us in that it affirms the December Justice Department statement on the scope of the Wire Act as limited to wagers on sporting events or contests – and not poker. Needless to say, that is certainly welcome news! I thank everyone who took the time to sign the petition. For more, please check out the article here.

PPA at the WSOP®

PPA is excited to announce that we will once again be attending the World Series of Poker for the largest gathering of poker players worldwide. To meet with poker players and enthusiasts, industry members, and politicians helpful to our cause, PPA has designated three weekends to attend the WSOP®. PPA will be staffing a booth in the main hallway in the Rio Convention Center, outside the Pavilion and Amazon rooms, during the weekends of 6/15-6/17, 6/29-7/1 and 7/7-7/9 (the opening days of the Main Event). Please come by the booth to talk about the latest in the push for online poker legislation, find out what you can do to get more involved, renew your membership, and pick up a PPA patch to show everyone at the WSOP® that you are proud to advocate for our rights as poker players and enthusiasts!

Make sure to check the PPA Facebook and Twitter pages on those dates to learn about what we will be doing at the WSOP® and to see cool photos and our take on all that is going on at the WSOP®

Check out the new FREE app from BLUFF Magazine

In the poker world, getting value is a key aspect to being a winning player. That is why we are pleased to share info on a great new app from BLUFF Magazine.

With an entire summer’s worth of events to follow at the 2012 World Series of Poker®, there’s a brand new way to keep up with all of the action. The BLUFF mobile app is designed to bring you all of the things you love from BLUFF Magazine and BluffMagazine.com in one easy place. It’s the best way to keep up with every tournament and story that develops at the WSOP and elsewhere this year, from the convenience of your mobile device. There is no cost for the app, and Bluff is launching with a $5,000 cash giveaway just for downloading.

This free app is one of the best ways out there to stay on top of the world of poker. So, check out the BLUFF magazine app today (Currently iPhone/iPad only, check here for Android release date).

Upcoming Appearances:
  • Webcast: “Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny” airs live each Monday, at 8 pm ET, on OnTilt Radio (listen live here). My guest on June 4th will be former Congressman Jon Porter (R-NV). Please follow the show on Facebook at facebook.com/PokerAdvocacy, and on Twitter at @PokerAdvocacy. The show site is ontiltradio.com/ppa.
  • Webcast: “PPA Weekly Update” airs live each Tuesday at 9:30 pm ET on Fifth Street Radio (listen live here).
Recent Appearance:
  • OnTilt Radio: “Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny” with guest Donna Blevins, featuring lots of discussion on the Florida PPA Town Halls (5/28) (listen here or on iTunes here).
  • Fifth Street Radio: “PPA Weekly Update.” (5/22) (listen here)
Interview Archives:
Thank you for your continued support!
Twitter: @RichMuny
Facebook: facebook.com/rich.muny

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.

Myspace Co-Founder Dabbles in Online Poker – CardPlayer (05/23/2012)

The Future Of Online Poker? – Woman Poker Player (05/24/2012)

Vegas Eyes Big Legal Online Poker Bet – Facebook Too? – Investor’s Business Daily (05/24/2012)

Ohio lawmakers approve new gambling regs – The Review (05/25/2012)

New Jersey to challenge feds on sports gambling – The Daily Caller (05/25/2012)

THE FIGHT: Obama Gives States Power, Opposition Voices Grow Louder – Bluff (05/25/2012)

World Series of Poker opens in Las Vegas – USA Today (05/28/2012)

Senior Games hold-em group small, enthusiastic – Peoria Journal Star (05/28/2012)

State lawmakers are expected to revisit the issue of charity poker rooms next month – WKSU (05/29/2012)

Jon Porter joins gaming lawyers to form new communications group – Las Vegas Sun (05/29/2012)

Plan to expand online betting – Sydney Morning Herald (05/30/2012)

Jon Porter joins gaming lawyers to form new communications group - Las Vegas Sun (05/29/2012)

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