PPA Calls For Action on Online Poker Indictments

Greg Raymer
2004 WSOP Main Event champ and PPA Board of Directors member Greg Raymer.

Poker advocacy group The Poker Players Alliance is reaching out to U.S. players hit hard by Friday's announcement that principals of three of online poker's biggest sites have been indicted on charges of bank fraud, illegal gambling and laundering billions.

Now that PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker have effectively shut out U.S. customers in response to the charges, the PPA has issued an action alert calling on its more than one million U.S. members to express their outrage over the U.S. Department of Justice’s actions.

“The DoJ’s action serves as a wake-up call to poker players across the country that the basic right to play online poker is in serious jeopardy,” said PPA Executive Director John Pappas.

“We simply cannot miss this opportunity to protect our rights as American citizens. Now is the time for poker players to speak up in defense of this great game through as many outlets possible.”

Through a special PPA Action Page, PPA members can access a variety of vehicles for immediate outreach including posting to the DoJ Facebook page, emailing President Barack Obama and Congress, contacting their local Representative and Senator, posting to the PPA Facebook page and sending a message on PPA’s Twitter.

As it shares the frustration of the millions of Americans unable to play online poker and access money frozen by the government as a result of the indicments, the PPA says it will "continue to fight for its members, for every American who plays poker, and for the continued freedom to play this great American pastime."

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