WPA elects Ken Adams to Board

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The World Poker Association announced this week the addition of Ken Adams to its Board of Directors. He was unanimously elected to the post as well as to serve as a member of the Executive Committee.

"The Board was diligent in its recruiting efforts, and it paid off," said WPA Executive Committee Chairman Wendeen Eolis.

"I can't think of anyone who brings more assets to the role of a director than Ken. He is a passionate poker player, a highly regarded poker writer and has acquired special wisdom in recent representations in gaming matters as well as decades of broad legal experience in nationally recognized law firms."

Adams has a law degree from Chicago Law School and has spent years in the legal field as well as working in politics. His relationship with poker began in 1985 when he met Perry Green in a fur shop during a family trip to Alaska.

Green gave Adams a copy of A. Alvarez's book, The Biggest Game in Town, which Adams read on the flight home.

 

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"I was fascinated and puzzled by the fact that the game considered by professional players to be 'the Cadillac of poker games' - no limit Texas Hold'em - was one I had never heard of or played," Adams says on the WPA Web site.

He organized a monthly tournament with his friends when he got back to Washington D.C. It was a way to learn the game, and part of the buy-in each month was held over until the end of the year when the player with the most points would win a trip to see the World Series of Poker Main Event final table.

Adams won the trip and got to see Johnny Chan bust Eric Seidel to win his second title.

After that, Adams returned to the WSOP each year to see the Main Event and began writing freelance poker columns for publications. Then in 2002, he took his first turn at competing in a WSOP event.

According to the WPA, Adams has had three cashes in WSOP events in the past five years. His most recent poker accomplishment is finishing seventh in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the Borgata Winter Open in January.

"I love playing poker. I love sharing my enthusiasm for the game with friends and with students," Adams says on the WPA site. "And I look forward to working with my colleagues on the WPA board to advance the interests of poker players everywhere."

As a WPA Executive Committee member, Adams will be a part of overseeing the operations of the WPA between board meetings and making recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding special projects.

The WPA's mission is to promote professionalism in poker worldwide and support the highest standards of ethical conduct in tournament poker activities. The Association represents the interests of tournament poker players around the world that seek to affect the future of tournament poker, individually and as a group.

The other board members are:

  • Jesse Jones - Chairman
  • Wendeen Eolis - Vice Chairman
  • Joe Hachem - Secretary
  • Harry Thomas Jr. - Treasurer
  • Thomas Kremser
  • Lou Krieger
  • Annie Van Bebber
  • Paul Wasicka

Adams said despite his previous, frustrating experiences serving on the board for other organizations run by volunteer board members, he believes the WPA can evolve into a powerful and effective voice for the interests of amateur and professional poker players.

"Poker has become a big business, and right now the major decisions that affect the availability of safe, honest and reasonably priced poker games (both tournaments and cash games, in brick-and-mortar and online card rooms) are being made by people whose first objective is to maximize profit," Adams said.

"The players who pay the rake in cash games and the entry fees in tournaments, who fund the tournament prize pools that attract thousands of people to the host hotel/casinos and internet sites, and who provide free content for lucrative television broadcasts of tournament final tables, have little if any organized voice or leverage. That can and should change."

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