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November 1, 2012

Presidential Election, PokerPAC Endorsements, WSOP Support

Update from the PPA

2012 WSOP Champion Greg Merson
Photo: Steve Marcus/LasVegas Sun

Congratulations 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion and PPA supporter Greg Merson!!

If you tuned into the WSOP Main Event final table coverage this week, no doubt you saw many of the finalists proudly wearing PPA patches. As the game progressed to the final three, it was terrific seeing all three patched up in support of our advocacy efforts of behalf of our game!

We thank Greg Merson, Jesse Sylvia, Jake Balsiger, Rob Salaburu, Russell Thomas, and Jeremy Ausmus for their support at the final table.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th!

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday – or earlier if you can in your state – and please be sure to check out the PPA Member of Congress Ratings Guide at http://theppa.org/congress before heading to the polls.

Mark your calendars! The PPA will holding a town hall meeting in greater Boston on December 1st! Please save the date and stay tuned for updates as we finalize the details.

PPA PokerPAC Endorsements

Earlier this week, PokerPAC, PPA’s political action committee, endorsed candidates in 53 US House races and 2 US Senate races. With Election Day in just one week, we wish to let the poker community know who the champions of poker rights are and why they deserve the support of the poker community. If you did not receive an endorsement email, it is because we had no endorsements in any of the races in your district.

To see the entire list of candidates and to view their profiles in the PPA Member of Congress Ratings Guide, simply click here.

Please keep in mind that, when making endorsements, PokerPAC makes no considerations other than the stance the candidates take on our right to play poker. I know you take many different issues and beliefs into consideration when you make your decisions in the voting booth. We simply wish to ensure you have the information on where candidates stand on our right to play, so we can all make informed decisions.

Please be sure to vote. Voting is the most important tool we have as poker players to facilitate the change we demand and deserve. Make sure your voice counts!


October 30, 2012

Down to Three

Merson, Balsiger, and Sylvia compete for $8.5mm WSOP Payday

Greg Merson had a feeling one his five opponents would make a critical mistake.

On the 109th hand late Monday night of the World Series of Poker’s Main Event at the Rio’s Penn & Teller Theater, Andras Koroknai gave Merson an opening.

For much of the final table of the $10,000 buy-in No Limit Hold’em World Championship, Merson, 24, of Laurel, Md., had been changing the chip lead with Jesse Sylvia, 24, who splits his time between Las Vegas and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Photo Gallery From the Review-Journal’s WSOP Blog:http://www.lvrj.com/hottopics/wsop09.html

Merson thought Koroknai was his target. Remembering that the 30-year-old Hungarian had made a strange move a few hands earlier, Merson eyed his target.

“I actually told Jesse five minutes before it happened that he (Koroknai) might try something,” Merson said. “Five minutes later, he blasted out.”

Merson scored a huge double-up on Koroknai, which surged the professional poker player into the chip lead that he will take into today’s three-handed action that will determine poker’s world champion.

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