PPA to host poker rights rally in Las Vegas

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) will host a rally and cocktail party July 28 in Las Vegas for poker players who want to defend poker being played on the Internet. The PPA has been one of the most vocal opponents of legislation that would prohibit online poker in the United States.

All players who are interested in defending poker and learning more about the cause are invited to attend the event at Buzio's Seafood Restaurant in the Rio Hotel and Casino from 5 to 8 p.m. No reservations are required.

PPA organization president Michael Bolcerek will attend the event as well as current members Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Linda Johnson, Howard Lederer, and Greg Raymer.

"Poker is one of America's favorite pastimes, and we intend to keep it that way," Bolcerek said. "It's time to rally together to defend the game and ensure poker players can enjoy this game as they always have."

Ferguson, Lederer, and Raymer were also part of the PPA group that went to Washington D.C. in April 2006 to discuss the online gambling ban legislation and voice their opposition to it this spring. They're now encouraging people to join the PPA, which is a non-profit organization advocating on behalf of American poker players.

"Poker players need a united voice to promote and protect the game. The Poker Players Alliance gives us that voice," Lederer, who joined the PPA's board of directors in June, said. "Join me and become part of this growing and influential organization."

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