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PPA moves to Washington
The Poker Players Alliance is taking its fight to Washington D.C.
After biding its time in San Francisco the PPA has decided to move its headquarters to a much more central location in the U.S. capital. Despite the move its mandate remains the same - to fight for the rights of Internet poker players.
"This is an exciting time for the PPA and our members," said PPA chairman Alfonse D'Amato. "The PPA has become an influential force fighting for the rights of poker players to enjoy this game of skill. There is wide support and momentum in the U.S. Congress to enact sensible legislation to regulate online poker and provide the necessary safeguards to all players. It is vital the PPA centralize its efforts in D.C. so we can best serve the interests of our 660,000 members."
The move was a strategic decision by the board of directors with the intent of getting more exposure for the organization and allowing online poker players to have a voice in Washington. The actual move will occur within the next few weeks.
The PPA also used the occasion to announce that Michael Bolcerek is stepping down as president. Bolcerek is staying in San Francisco to be with his family and pursue other interests. John Pappas has assumed the position of executive director of the PPA and will spearhead the organization's efforts in Washington.
"Michael has been a strong leader and under his tenure we have seen tremendous growth in the PPA," D'Amato commented. "We are thankful that he has brought us to this point and are excited for the next evolution of this organization in Washington."
The PPA seems to be serving its purpose. Rep. Barney Frank introduced a bill in April called the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA) that appears to be picking up steam. A total of 34 representatives have signed on board. The bill would permit online poker as long as it was regulated.
The PPA is a nonprofit organization comprised of poker players and enthusiasts from around the United States. Their intention is to promote the game, ensure integrity and most importantly to protect poker players' rights. Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Howard Lederer and Greg Raymer all serve on the board of directors.