Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Greg Raymer have joined the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) board of directors. The grassroots organization of American poker players also includes Howard Lederer as a board member.
"Chris and Greg will be tremendous additions to our board," said Michael Bolcerek, PPA president. "They're great ambassadors of the game, and their reputations as poker professionals will provide the PPA with a wealth of knowledge and commitment as we continue to promote and protect poker."
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson has a background in game theory and a Ph.D. in computer science. He started his poker career in 1989 when he discovered the IRC Poker Network. He started playing in small tournaments in Los Angeles after that and eventually went on to win the 2000 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event.
"The Poker Players Alliance's mission to defend the integrity of poker makes the organization so critical in defeating attacks by Congress and others," Ferguson said. "I look forward to becoming more involved in educating the public and lawmakers about our great game of poker and working to ensure that this American tradition is protected."
Raymer had joined Ferguson, Lederer and the PPA in Washington D.C. in April to meet with members of Congress to educate them about poker and why attempts to ban the game online are misguided. Now he's joined them once again to take his love of the game to the next level by helping to defend it as a board member of the Alliance.
"As a poker player, I'm deeply concerned about the attacks that have been launched against the game at the state level and the federal level. Serving on the board of directors will allow me the opportunity to become more personally engaged in the challenges and opportunities faced by poker players as we work to ensure that this game of skill is not threatened," Raymer said. "All poker players should join the PPA and unite behind our common goal of protecting this game we love."
For more information about the PPA, please see "Poker Players Alliance fights for poker's rights."