It was announced this week that the Small Town Poker Tour (STPT) was inducted as a member of the World Poker Association (WPA). The STPT is the third organization to join the WPA which has more than 800 individual members.
"The WPA is serious about creating a worldwide voice for all involved in poker," said Mark Fracalossi, STPT creator. "Their commitment to creating a code of ethics, rules and standards makes sense for the STPT to be a part of."
The WPA was incorporated in November 2005 to establish uniformity for land-based and Internet poker tournaments through fair and consistent rules to preserve the integrity of tournament poker. It includes individual members such as Joseph Hachem, Tom McEvoy, Phil Gordon, Gavin Smith, Mike Matusow, Barry Greenstein and Kenna James.
"The WPA is thrilled to have the STPT on board and looks forward to their insight and contributions moving forward," said Jesse Jones, WPA founder. "Their involvement speaks volumes to the necessity and longing for an organized and unified voice for tournament poker."
The STPT is the world's largest amateur poker tour with events taking place all over the world. The tour also helps support local charities in the cities where it has events.
"I encourage all STPT players from around the world to join this worthy cause," Fracalossi said. "The WPA is for anyone with an interest in poker from the amateur player to the pro to casino and poker room employees. The WPA will be one voice for all associated with poker."