Re: Wagons Are Circling

by , Aug 6, 2007 | 11:59 am

Just as the anti-poker side is encouraging their “pro family” members to write their representatives about the plagues that will fall if the UIGEA is undone, pro-poker ambassadors are also hard at work rallying the troops. Click below to see the letter Greg Raymer sent out seeking similar political activity from presumably lazy poker types.

Interestingly enough, I have a PokerStars account and am a paying member of the PPA … but didn’t get this email. (It was forwarded to me by Don the Las Vegas Real Estate Guy.) With the other side well-practiced in their methods of swinging votes, I gotta think the poker side may need some extra coordination to keep up with the competition. Perhaps the three federal bills in play would benefit from something similar to what we used in Texas to electronically connect the legislators and citizenry en masse. Seriously, this relatively small programming effort went a long way toward ensuring our beloved little HB 3186 was a good chunk of the hallway/bathroom buzz around the state capitol at a semi-critical time.

Again, Greg Raymer’s request below …

Dear Don Jones,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) because we need your help. Congress is currently considering a bill which would clarify the legality of online poker in the United States by creating a regulatory and licensing framework. Please join me in supporting the “Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act”.

The early support of many Congressional Representatives is crucial to the success of this bill. Please call your Representative Jon Porter today in his Washington, D.C. office, 202-225-3252. Ask him to cosponsor H.R. 2046 before the August Congressional recess.

Your support is vital. Please take a moment and call today.

If you wish to read more about this bill, or to get more information about the Poker Players Alliance, please visit Thank you for your time, and your support of poker in the United States.


Greg Raymer
PPA Board of Directors
WSOP 2004 World Champion and Member of Team PokerStars

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