PPA issues letter of support from players

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is continuing its efforts against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) with another membership drive with the help of several professional poker players.

The PPA sent out a letter in October to all of its members as well as posting it in their blog online letting people know the organization supported by some of the world's most well-respected and well-known poker players.

The letter is addressed to fellow poker players and reads:

"Our freedom to play America's game online has been taken away by Washington, D.C. The time is now for us to make a stand and protect the game we love.

"The Poker Players Alliance is our voice on Capitol Hill fighting to protect our right to play the game. We fully endorse the Poker Players Alliance and urge you to become a member right now. Go to www.pokerplayersalliance.org and help defend poker.

"When our united voice is millions of members strong, Washington, D.C. will listen to us. The Poker Players Alliance is that voice.

"Join this great organization and help save the game we love to play."

The letter is signed by Freddy Deeb, Eli Elezra, Antonio Esfandiari, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Layne Flack, Jack Fox, Chau Giang, Phil Gordon, Clonie Gowen, Barry Greenstein, Jennifer Harman, Kenna James, Linda Johnson, John Juanda, Phil Laak, Scotty Nguyen, Chip Reese, Vanessa Rousso, Matt Savage, Eric Seidel, Mike Sexton, Dewey Tomko, Cyndy Violette, Lee Watkinson, and Robert Williamson III.

The PPA is less than a year into its first membership drive and already has more than 100,000 members. While building its membership, the organization has also worked in Washington D.C. against the UIGEA.

Now that the UIGEA has been passed, the organization has shifted their focus from trying to block the bill to trying to get Congress to modify it to exempt poker. They are also still promoting the licensing, regulation and taxation of online gambling rather than banning it.

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