The advocacy group Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has become the main lobbying group for the online poker industry. John Pappas is the new leader of this 760,000 member force and now that the organization is based in Washington, it is stepping up its pressure to get US politicians to change the status of poker to a game of skill.
A policy conference is set for Washington, D.C. between October 22nd â€“ 24th which the PPA says it will outline the â€œmost aggressive initiative yetâ€ by the organization. As always it encourages every poker player to get involved in the action by joining and supporting the PPA.
In an email sent out to members, the PPA said, â€œYou will have a chance to meet with Members of Congress who will vote on this important issue, and mingle with many of the best poker players and pros from across the United States. In addition to a great conference, we will schedule a meeting with your Member of Congress and work with you to make sure they get the message that poker is a game of skill and that reasonable regulation is the best policy approach to Internet gaming.â€
It goes on to add, “Members of Congress need to hear from their constituents. Without you, the poker prohibitionists will continue to make the rules. With you, we can protect games of skill from unfair government interference.â€
The event will start at 6pm Monday at the Omni Shoreham Hotel with transportation provided to Capitol Hill. The event is not confined solely to PPA members, but is open to anyone who wants to add support to calls for legal poker.