PPA Update from Rich Muny, Vice President
Last week, PPA announced major organizational changes regarding leadership, funding, and potential additional areas of focus in 2018. You likely received a few emails from PPA with all the details.
To recap, at the end of February John Pappas will step down from his role as executive director — a position he has held since 2007. John will remain on the PPA Board and will continue to serve as a strategic advisor. Effective March 1st, I will transition from vice president to president. Here’s PPA’s longest serving board member and former chair, Poker Hall of Famer Linda Johnson, on John’s decade of leadership in the poker fight:
“John is a tremendous leader and a true professional. Under his guidance, PPA has emerged as a policy advocacy and grassroots powerhouse in Washington D.C. and in state capitals across the country. For almost a decade, he has been the political voice and face of the poker community and regulated internet gaming advocates. He leaves the organization in a strong position to continue to ensure that consumer voices drive the internet gaming debate.”
I join Linda and the rest the PPA Board in thanking John Pappas for his decade of outstanding leadership in the fight for poker.
Help support the fight
This is a period of challenge for PPA. Over the past several months, we have been adjusting to a significant reduction in donations from the internet gaming industry, this despite our successes in Pennsylvania just a few months ago. We now find ourselves possibly shutting down right before what could be the biggest year for iPoker and iGaming yet.
PPA cannot continue fighting for poker if we do not meet our fundraising goal of $25,000 by the end of March. With support from poker players and enthusiasts like you, we can easily make this goal.
Every dollar donated will go toward core operational expenses of our grassroots communications and advocacy, as our communications tools are crucial to PPA’s mission. Please be sure to help ensure PPA’s continued leadership for our game!
As I mentioned earlier, we are asking everyone to complete a survey on the topic of sports betting and consumer advocacy. With changes to federal and state laws governing sports betting being considered this year, it is important to know if our large and organized advocacy efforts can be leveraged in the sports betting fight. With state-authorized sports betting (bricks-and-mortar as well and online) shaping up as the next gaming battle, we are positioned perfectly to expand into this area, helping us gain potential new activists and donors while ensuring poker is included in legislative sports betting discussions.
If you have not yet done so, please take a moment to answer ten quick survey questions. Your thoughts on sports betting are critically important.
Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny Webcast
On this week’s webcast, PPA Board Member & Litigation Support Director Patrick Fleming joined me for a discussion on PPA and the fight for poker. Please be sure to check it out.
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Poker Advocacy with Rich Muny airs live Tuesdays at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on OnTilt Radio. Each show features great guests and the best discussion on poker legislation. Please be sure to tune in every Tuesday evening at www.ontiltradio.com.
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