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For Immediate Distribution NEWS RELEASE Poker Players Alliance Disappointed US Supreme Court Refused to Hear DiCristinaPoker Players Alliance (PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group with more than one million members nationwide, today issued the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal in the case DiCristina v. United States. In August 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a lower court’s ruling that found that a skill game like poker is not illegal under the Illegal Gambling Businesses Act (IGBA). “It is deeply unfortunate that yet another antiquated federal law targeting an unrelated problem is being applied to poker games, thus subjecting average American poker players to felony charges. While neither the 2 Circuit nor the Supreme Court made any sort of ruling regarding poker as a game of skill, which is a good sign, today’s Supreme Court announcement is a clarion call to overhaul our federal gaming laws. The first priority item must be a clear definition of gambling that provides fair notice to the millions of Americans who play games of skill like poker each and every day. “Over the past few years, numerous judicial rulings and academic studies have concluded that poker is clearly a game of skill. We believe that this is clear evidence that poker should not be considered unlawful gambling under most state or federal laws. “The PPA is proud to have supported Mr. DiCristina’s fight for poker, and is disappointed in this outcome. We will continue to advocate for a clear, federal definition of gambling so that others will have the freedoms that Mr. DiCristina was denied.” About The Poker Players Alliance The Poker Players Alliance ( www.theppa.org ; http://twitter.com/ppapoker ; www.facebook.com/theppa ) is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of over 1,000,000 online and offline 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. ### " id="pdf-obj-0-4" src="pdf-obj-0-4.jpg">

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Poker Players Alliance Disappointed US Supreme Court Refused to Hear DiCristina Case

Washington, DC (February 24, 2014) – John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group with more than one million members nationwide, today issued the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal in the case DiCristina v. United States. In August 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a lower court’s ruling that found that a skill game like poker is not illegal under the Illegal Gambling Businesses Act (IGBA).

“It is deeply unfortunate that yet another antiquated federal law targeting an unrelated problem is being applied to poker games, thus subjecting average American poker players to felony charges. While neither the 2 nd Circuit nor the Supreme Court made any sort of ruling regarding poker as a game of skill, which is a good sign, today’s Supreme Court announcement is a clarion call to overhaul our federal gaming laws. The first priority item must be a clear definition of gambling that provides fair notice to the millions of Americans who play games of skill like poker each and every day.

“Over the past few years, numerous judicial rulings and academic studies have concluded that poker is clearly a game of skill. We believe that this is clear evidence that poker should not be considered unlawful gambling under most state or federal laws.

“The PPA is proud to have supported Mr. DiCristina’s fight for poker, and is disappointed in this outcome. We will continue to advocate for a clear, federal definition of gambling so that others will have the freedoms that Mr. DiCristina was denied.”

About The Poker Players Alliance

The Poker Players Alliance (www.theppa.org; http://twitter.com/ppapoker; www.facebook.com/theppa) is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of over 1,000,000 online and offline 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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