PPA Joins the Texas Fight

by , Mar 30, 2007 | 3:00 pm

A big thank you to the PPA for sending out this email to their Texas membership today!

Dear Texas Poker Player,

As you know, the Poker Players Alliance is fighting on your behalf in Washington, D.C. and at the state level to defend your right to play poker. The fight for legal, safe and fair poker is taking place here in Texas right now.

The Texas Poker PAC is an ally of the PPA and has worked hard to get great legislation introduced that will regulate and expand legal poker in Texas! House Bill HB 3186 was filed by Representative Jose Menendez of San Antonio. This will have a public hearing on Tuesday, April 3rd in the House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures and poker in the great state of Texas needs your support.

This is a unique opportunity to have your voice heard in support of the game you love! Testifying in favor of the bill will be some high profile folks like Gavin Smith, Erick Lindgren, Lyle Berman, Dallas DA Craig Watkins and others.

Please join us in Austin on the afternoon of April 3rd to make your voice heard! The hearing will be held in the Capital Extension Building (North side of the Capitol) Room E2.030 (3rd Level Downstairs) at approximately 2 PM. I would love you to join me and other members of the PPA and stand up for Poker in Texas!

If you cannot make it to Austin then, please click here to send an email or call the committee members’ Austin offices. Here is a list of Committee members with their e-mails and phone numbers. We encourage you to call for poker in Texas.

House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures

Ismael “Kino” Flores (D- Mission) Chairman
(512) 463-0704
[email protected]

Charlie Geren (R- Houston)
(512) 463-0610
[email protected]

Carl Isett (R-Lubbock)
(512) 463-0676
[email protected]

Tony Goolsby (R-Dallas)
(512) 463-0454
[email protected]

Delwin Jones (R- Lubbock)
(512) 463-0542
[email protected]

Senfronia Thompson (D- Houston)
(512) 463-0720
[email protected]

Mike “Tuffy” Hamilton (R- Mauriceville)
(512) 463-0412
[email protected]

Borris Miles (D- Houston)
(512) 463-0518
[email protected]

Chente Quintanilla (D- El Paso)
(512) 463-0613
[email protected]

You can even cut and paste the following text into your email or use this as a template for your phone call:

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Dear Representative,

I am a Texas voter and I support the expansion and regulation of legal poker in Texas. Poker is a game of skill that can bring hundreds of millions of dollars to the state both directly and indirectly. Please support HB 3186 filed by Representative Menendez when it is heard in the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee on April 3rd.

Thank you in advance for joining with the tens of thousands of law abiding poker players in Texas who support this legislation.

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Please visit the Texas Poker PAC today, http://www.texaspokerpac.com/ and signup for their email list. They will keep you updated on the bill progress and what you can do to finally bring Hold’em back to Texas!


Michael Bolcerek, President

Poker Players Alliance

6 Comments to “PPA Joins the Texas Fight”

  1. Bennett Flanagan

    The Texas Card Players Association fully endorses HB 3186 and request our members to contact their elected officals to support passage of this bill. Also thanks to the PPA for their help.

    The President of TCPA is planning to testify in support of HB 3186 on Tuesday as well.

    See you there on Tuesday.

    Bennett Flanagan
    Texas Cardplayer Association

  2. Justin West

    PokerPages will be on hand to report. Looking forward to it.

  3. DanM

    Justin, I’ll be there. Will look forward to seeing you in Austin.

    Will CardPlayer be there? Bluff?

  4. Fresh Princess

    I will be there.

  5. Justin M. West

    Saw that you’d be there, Dan. Look forward to seeing you as well!

    I don’t think CP or Bluff are going to be there, no. I will say that we’ll be doing some great coverage of this.

  6. DanM

    Cool. Consider this our first all-in early in the tourney. We should take it down … but no guarantees.