The Poker Player’s Alliance (PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group with more than one million members nationwide, seeks to raise additional funds leading up to a crucial vote this summer on legislation to license and regulate online poker. On July 1, their goal is to raise $50K.
Earlier this week, the Kentucky state governor attempted to block access by the state’s citizens to over 100 online gambling websites on the grounds that the state government may seize devices that are used for illegal gambling. On Friday, the Poker Player’s Alliance (PPA) halted this domain name grab, at least temporarily, on the grounds that poker is a game of skill and, as such, is not covered by the laws that the governor was attempting to use to block access to the sites. In addition, the PPA claims that there are First Amendment issues that are relevant to the case.
The Poker Players Alliance PPA has published an article that you may want to take a look at if you are in a Super Tuesday state. The article, The Candidates’ Views on Online Poker, suggests that on the Democratic ticket Clinton may be a bit more willing to study the issue than Obama. On the Republican ticket, it seems that none of the candidates want to tackle the issue; it is worth noting that McCainÂ is endorsed by PPA Chairman Alfonse D’Amato (who supports McCain on his own, not as a representative of the PPA).
The Poker Player’s Alliance (PPA)Â â€â€¦ 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, ensure its integrity, and, most importantly, to protect poker players’ rights.
You can help this month by getting out to the local events in your area where your reps are out among the public and let them know your views on online poker. The PPA has published an article that outlines some of the ways for you to do this, and provides talking points on their homepage for you to use in your conversation.
â€œThe Senator will give you an update of the federal government issues facing poker today and what the PPA is doing to fight for your rights. You have the opportunity to send e-mail questions before and during the Webcast which the Senator will answer live.â€
Hopefully, they will record and post the webcast for later viewing, since many of us have real jobs that will prevent us from attending live.
I was skeptical when I saw the formation of the Poker Player’s Alliance about 18 months ago. Their goal is â€œ.. to promote the game, ensure its integrity, and, most importantly, to protect poker players’ rights.â€.
Follow these instructionsÂ to join the PPA through the Full Tilt Poker cashier. If youÂ join PPA at the $20 level, Full Tilt Poker will give you a $50 bonus + a freeroll entry; joining the PPA at higher levels gets you better goodies from Full Tilt Poker.