The World Poker Association (WPA), a non-profit organization designed to bring poker players together to ensure the integrity of tournament play, announced today the formation of its board of trustees.
The organization was incorporated in 2005 and officially launched in 2006 at the World Series of Poker. Starting with about 100 members, the organization has now grown to more than 1,000.
The 1,000-member mark was a big one for the WPA as it had chosen it as the point when the organization would need to form a board of trustees.
The new board will be responsible for directing the WPA's activities. Its first meeting will take place April 16 in Las Vegas.
Elections took place Feb. 25 through March 10, with nine members selected to the board. The members selected are Annie Van Bebber, Chris Bigler, Wendeen Eolis, Jesse Jones, Mary Jones, Warren Karp, Lou Krieger, Marcel Luske and Harry Thomas.
Van Bebber is a recognized authority on new media and the Internet. Along with her various Internet business accomplishments, she is also well-known for creating brand-building strategies.
Eolis brings to the board her expertise as the CEO of EOLIS International Group, a legal management and attorney search consultancy.
Karp is a tournament director who has worked at Larry Flint's Hustler Casino and Binion's Horseshoe where he helped run the 2003 and 2004 World Series of Poker. He is also a pro poker player.
Jesse Jones is the founder of the WPA and has been a professional poker player for 20 years. He along with Mary Jones, Lou Krieger, Chris Bigler, Marcel Luske and Harry Thomas, bring poker expertise as well as business experience to the board.