PPA + more than 1 Million Members = Premium Hand

by , Apr 24, 2008 | 9:15 pm

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) recently announced that it hit the one-million-member mark. Truthfully, membership currently stands at 1,000,450. That, in itself, is amazing, considering it is difficult to get more than five poker players to agree on a restaurant for dinner and commit to it, much less take the time to become a member of a political organization.

In its effort to up the ante, the PPA has also launched a voter registration drive, making it easy to register to vote in your home state. The campaign is called, “If You Play, Have a Say.”

And the PPA has launched a political action committee called PokerPAC, and members are encouraged to get involved. With the upcoming November 2008 elections, the PPA seems to have stepped up its game and is ready to play with the big boys.

It’s time to get involved, people! Sit out of that online game for a few minutes and pull up the PPA websites. Register to vote, send messages to your members of Congress, and stand up for your game!


  • Ed

    Is this the same PPA that Frank over at Life’s A Bluff keeps telling me to not join/cancel membership? I am so confused on what to do. I hope picking a new president does not wind up being this tough.

  • Yes, Ed, this is the same PPA.

    My personal view is that the PPA is the dominant organization working for poker players on Capitol Hill right now, and they have the member-power and know-how to get things done. Despite some of their past missteps and D’Amato’s endorsement of McCain, I still believe that the PPA is our best representative in D.C.

    Everyone needs to look at both sides of the argument and decide for themselves.

  • Hey, you get what you pay for, right? D’Amato clearly is just cashing a check to say some warm-and-fuzzies, but if he was the best we had at the time, you gotta go with him, right?

    Hopefully the PPA will have a good draft next time and be able to sign everyone while still working within the salary cap.

  • With that said, we should be realistic about what these numbers represent. Are they a million paying members, or are they 100,000 people who paid to be involved with the PPA and 900,000 people around the world who entered a freeroll on Full Tilt?

  • I’m sure the PPA is a mix of paid members and those who gained entry via those FTP freerolls. But that probably doesn’t make much of a difference to members of Congress who see an organization over 1 million strong. It gives the lobbying organization credence, bottom line.

  • So why don’t we just tell them we have 2 million members, or 10 million?

    I’m not even suggesting the PPA should disclose the breakdown of its membership, and indeed, 1 million members is an important political benchmark … just trying to stay realistic in understanding that the PPA probably doesn’t have a $50 million war chest. If they did, poker would be set!

    Ed — don’t cancel your membership. Respect Frank’s opinion but listen to me.