Weekly Update: Reaching Out to the Department of Justice (08/09/2012)

August 9th, 2012

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Weekly Update from Rich Muny, VP of Player Relations

Last week, PPA shared the great news that the Justice Department approved the deal for PokerStars to purchase Full Tilt Poker. Through this deal, PokerStars provided funds to cover all player balances at Full Tilt Poker.

The DoJ is currently establishing the process by which we U.S. players will request and receive our money. PPA is at the forefront of advocating for our rights in this matter. PPA requested and was granted the opportunity by the DoJ to provide a recommended path for repayment of U.S. players. Needless to say, we asked for repayment of 100% of player balances. I hope everyone will take a moment to read this important letter to the DoJ (here).

PPA will continue this dialog with the DoJ. We are seeking a streamlined process for application for remission. We are also advocating for clear processes to address withdrawals that were deducted from balances but never sent, bounced withdrawal checks, unused tournament tokens, FTP points, Iron Man Medals, etc. Non-cash items will be toughest, but we will do our part to make the requests through the appropriate channels. PPA’s legal team will remain fully involved as the ‘voice of the player’ to ensure we are all heard throughout this process.

To aid all of us, as I mentioned last week PPA is gathering and posting the needed information on the reimbursement process in real time at http://theppa.org/repayment.

For the most up-to-date news on this issue, follow us at:
Take Action
  • Let’s send prefilled, fully editable tweets to the Justice Department to tell them we expect the return of 100% of our balances: HERE and HERE. The disclaimer on their Twitter sites states that communication via Twitter is not recorded. That simply means they do not have to follow specific archiving requirements, not that these are not read, so please be sure to send these tweets today. Thanks!
  • Let’s recruit new participants by retweeting & favoriting the #Fight4Poker action plan HERE and HERE, sharing it on our Facebook walls HERE, and sharing it via Google+ HERE.
I understand not everyone will choose to sign up for Facebook, Twitter, or Change.org to participate in these kinds of actions. As an alternative, I encourage you to call Congress this week. Simply visit theppa.org/takeaction and scroll down to item #2 for talking points and a lookup tool for your Congressman’s home district office phone numbers. Your congressman is home for the August recess, so this is a great week to make the call. Ask him or her specifically to support HR 2366, Rep. Barton’s Online Poker Act. Thanks!


Upcoming Appearances:
  • The Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny webcast airs live each Monday, at 8 pm ET, on OnTilt Radio (listen live here). Follow the program 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 9:45 pm ET on Fifth Street Radio (listen live here…we come on at time point 1:30:00 of Part 2).

Recent Appearances:
  • OnTilt Radio: “Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny.” I was joined by PPA Board Member & Litigation Support Network Director Patrick Fleming for a great discussion. (8/6) (listen here or on iTunes here).
  • Fifth Street Radio: Patrick Fleming and I sat down with host Mark Hoke to discuss the poker advocacy effort (7/31) (listen here)

Interview Archives:
Thank you for your continued support!
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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 Has Credibility Issue To Overcome In Nevada, State Lawmaker Says – Cardplayer (08/01/2012)

PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker Settlement: Industry Reactions – Poker News (08/01/2012)

Busch sets out four principles for gambling bill – Baltimore Sun (08/01/2012)

Full Tilt Lawyer: Criteria for U.S. Player Withdrawals Not Determined – PocketFives (08/02/2012)

Reid faces challenges in keeping online poker coalition intact – Las Vegas Sun (08/03/2012)

Tennessee Poker Players Learn Their Fate From Chattanooga D. A. – Poker News Daily (08/03/2012)

Arkansas Poker Measure Facing Uphill Battle – Poker News Daily (08/03/2012)

More Indian Tribes Ready To Back Internet Gambling – Hartford Courant (08/05/2012)

Coalition of California tribes gearing up for online poker fight – Sacramento Bee (08/07/2012)

Facebook Launches First Real-Money Gambling App – Poker News Daily (08/07/2012)

PokerStars Could Speed Up Nevada Web Poker – CardPlayer (08/03/2012)

The DOJ Has Spoken: It’s Time For Congress To Legalize Online Poker – Forbes (08/09/2012)
Reid faces challenges in keeping online poker coalition intact - Las Vegas Sun (08/03/2012)

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