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Never Fold: PPA Unites Poker Players for One Year Anniversary of “Black Friday”
Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2012) – As April 15, 2012, marks the one-year anniversary of Black Friday, the day the U.S. government shut down three major online poker sites in the U.S., thePoker Players Alliance(PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group with more than onemillion members nationwide, is uniting players across the country with a renewed urgency to voicetheir frustration directly to Congress. Following Black Friday, online poker play in the U.S. cameto an abrupt standstill, and millions of players’ money held in online accounts was frozen, much of which has still not been returned.“It’s been a full year since the rights of millions of American poker players were trampled and, asa united front, we are calling on Congress to reverse this wrong and reinstate our basic freedoms,”said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA. “As players’ frustration over their frozen fundsand inability to play the game they love grows, it is crucial that Congress hear our voices and knowthat the players will keep fighting until online poker is licensed and regulated in the U.S.”In a continued effort to raise awareness on the anniversary of Black Friday, the PPAtransformed itswebsitethis week with a call to action for players to “never fold in the fight for America’s greatestcard game”. Highlighting the various ways Americans can support the cause, the site helps connect players with their Congressional representatives, urges them to show their support through socialmedia, and enables them to download and share a special edition PPA Black Friday logo andavatar. The PPA is also urging additional organizations to join the campaign through a series of online banner ads that began running today.In addition, the PPA is holding a “Never Fold” Money Bomb fundraiser during the week leadingup to Black Friday’s anniversary, urging Americans to donate to the PPA’s advocacy efforts and join the cause. As the PPA has dedicated its advocacy efforts to urging Congress to ensure players’funds are reinstated and to creating a safe online poker environment in the U.S., it is theorganizations’ hope that this surge in outreach sends the message to Congress that the players’voice cannot be drown out and will only grow until action has been taken to protect their basicfreedoms.