NEWS RELEASEFor Immediate Distribution
Poker Players Alliance Optimistic about Working with New Congress
Almost 300,000 PPA members in “Freshman” Congressional Districts/States
Washington, DC (January 6, 2011)
–The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group with more than one million members nationwide, today expressedoptimism about working with the members of the 112
Congress, sworn in this week, toestablish a licensed and regulated U.S. online poker environment.“Though I am disappointed in Congress’ failure to act on the licensing and regulation of online poker last year, I look forward to the opportunity to educate our country’s newest members of Congress on the vast benefits such legislative action would provide,” said former Senator Alfonse D’Amato, chairman of the PPA. “It is vital that the 112
Congress recognizes thevaluable consumer protections and economic benefits of licensing this thriving industry. In theweeks and months ahead I anticipate many robust discussions on how best to implement thisimportant consumer protection issue.”During 2010, the PPA and its members built tremendous momentum toward the licensing andregulation of online poker through collaboration and in-depth discussions with lawmakers,consumer groups and various other stakeholders. Though ultimately a bill was not introduced,the PPA will continue to build upon this foundation of understanding and will meet with newmembers of Congress to deepen their knowledge of the far reaching benefits this legislationwould provide.This week the PPA is urging its members who reside in the districts and states of newly electedmembers of the U.S. House and Senate to send an email to their Congressperson urging them tosupport poker rights.“On behalf of millions of American online poker players, the PPA advocacy team will remainhard at work in educating lawmakers on the importance of establishing sensible laws that provide players a safe, regulated environment in which to enjoy the game of poker,” said John Pappas,executive director of the PPA. “A dedicated proponent of legislation for over five years, PPAremains a strong defender of online poker on behalf of our members. But we also need the activesupport of the players by reaching out to their Congress members on why the status quo issimply not acceptable and outlining their demands for change. Given that the over 100 newmembers of Congress represent nearly 300,000 PPA members across their districts, Congresscannot afford to overlook this growing constituency.”In addition to reaching out to the new members of Congress, the PPA will continue to work closely with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) who has taken a leadership role on this issue.