PPA June 2009 Newsletter

June 23rd, 2009

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Join the Fight: Poker Players Alliance

 June 2009

National Poker Week
Feds Seize Funds
Victory in MN
Poker Petition
PPA Online Survey
My Poker Story
PPA WSOP Winners
Contact Us

Member Benefits
Member Forums

PPA Networks
PPA TwitterPPA FacebookPPA Myspace
National Poker Week

Mark Your Calendars!

Poker Players Alliance has proclaimed July 19-25 as National Poker Week. The week will feature a number of poker advocacy activities, including a rally in Washington D.C. by PPA’s State Directors and email and telephone campaigns targeted on Congressional offices.

To keep up-to-date on National Poker Week, please visit www.nationalpokerweek.com

Add Your Name

Sign the Poker Petition
On July 22, during National Poker Week, the Poker Players Alliance will present this petition to the President, asking his support to exempt poker from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), and for the legalization and regulation of online poker.

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Legal and Legislative News

Feds Attempt to Seize the Funds of Online Poker Players

Feds Attempt to Seize the Funds of Online Poker PlayersPPA broke the news last week informing the poker community about the recent actions taken by the United States Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) to freeze funds from some online poker payment processors. This unprecedented and legally questionable action affected more than 24,000 players and in excess of $30 million of players’ money.

Your PPA has been quick to respond. We assembled a top-notch legal team that is implementing our strategic approach to combat yet another misguided approach to prohibit Americans from playing online poker. We also spent the last week briefing our allies on Capitol Hill and throughout government so they will be prepared to defend your rights.

For a more complete update including the latest on the SDNY situation, please visit this dedicated PPA webpage: PPA Update on SDNY

Poker Players Turn Back Minnesota’s Online Gaming Ban

Poker Players Turn Back Minnesota's Online Gaming BanNot all news is bad on the poker front. Thanks to a coordinated effort between the Minnesota PPA members and a legal challenge brought by iMEGA, the state’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) turned 180 degrees from its ill-conceived directive ordering ISPs to block access to Internet poker, casino gaming, and sport betting sites. Over the course of a few short weeks, PPA members in Minnesota flooded their elected officials and DPS with phone calls and emails decrying this outrageous government intrusion on the right to play poker and the freedom of the Internet.

Responding to the iMEGA legal challenge and to PPA member outrage, last week DPS rescinded its order, recognizing its legal and public policy failings. The most encouraging outcome was their stated desire to explore opportunities to regulate Internet poker and gaming, and not to continue with the ill-advised attempt at a prohibition. John Willems, head of the department’s Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED), stated, “I believe it may be more appropriate to resolve this problem by working to create clear and effective governmental policies concerning regulation of gambling.”

For more PPA response to this positive development click here.

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Share Your Poker Story

Share Your Poker Story and Watch Others
Let’s show the world – and policymakers across America – that poker is a truly American game that deserves to be legal in every state in the country.

We want to hear from you. Tell us your story & win! Get started by clicking here.
PPA ToDo List

1. Sign the Poker Petition to President Obama

1. Sign the Poker Petition to President Obama PPA has a new web site through which you can easily let President Obama know how much you care about your right to play poker. www.PokerPetition.com is open for business, and we need you and all of your friends and family to take 30 seconds to sign the online petition. PPA will deliver the signatures to President Obama later this summer. Click here to sign the petition today!

2. Take the PPA Online Survey

2. Take the PPA Online Survey To better serve you, PPA has created a member survey. This will help us better understand our membership and also help us as we represent the poker community before Congress and state officials. Take a few minutes to fill out the survey by clicking here. All of your responses will remain confidential. We are also providing a great incentive. Fill out the survey and be entered to win a PPA custom poker table. We will be giving out three poker tables to randomly selected members who complete the survey. Thank you for your support.

3. What is Your Poker Story?

3. What is Your Poker Story?The Poker Players Alliance wants to hear why you love poker. Over the summer, PPA will be collecting homemade videos for our recently launched website, www.MyPokerStory.com. Uploading your video couldn’t be easier. Go to MyPokerStory.com and learn how you can share your story. For a limited time, if you submit a video, your name will be entered into a drawing to win a two-night vacation in Las Vegas with airfare. Grab your video camera right now, tell us your story, and WIN!

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PPA Forums

Discuss at the PPA Forums
Visit the PPA member forums, get the latest in poker news, communicate with your fellow members and share ideas on how to protect the game.

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PPA at the 2009 WSOP

PPA Advocacy Booth During all 6 Weeks of the World Series of Poker

PPA Advocacy Booth During all 6 Weeks of the World Series of PokerPlaying in any of the WSOP Las Vegas events this year? Your PPA is there with an advocacy booth. Please stop by and take advantage of the political advocacy tools PPA has at your disposal. Send emails to Congress, register to vote, sign the pro-poker petition to lawmakers and tape video testimonials. Plus, at select times throughout the tournament, leading poker professionals will be at our booth to meet PPA members and sign autographs.

Not able to make it to Vegas for the World Series? Not to worry – PPA is live-Twittering from the advocacy booth. Simply follow us at www.twitter.com/ppapoker and www.twitter.com/theengineer2008 to keep up with the action!

Congratulations PPA Member WSOP Seat Winners!

Congratulations PPA Member WSOP Seat Winners!Congratulations to Iain Mann and Karl Fulde recent winners of PPA sponsored seats into the WSOP. On June 9th, Iain Mann won a $1,500.00 buy-in to event #34, $1500 no-limit hold em. He qualified for the drawing by simply sending a letter to his elected officials in support of his right to play poker. Since the start of the WSOP, the PPA has been on site with an advocacy booth that lets the poker community take action … and in this case be rewarded for standing up for our game.

On June 16th, Karl Fulde’s name was drawn for a WSOP $10,000.00 Main Event buy-in sponsored by the PPA.

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The Poker Players Alliance
Dedicated to Protecting America’s Favorite Card Game

The Poker Players Alliance is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of poker players and enthusiasts from around the United States who have joined together to speak with one voice to promote the game and to protect poker players’ rights.

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