Whispers From the WPA

by , Jun 19, 2008 | 7:33 pm

A little birdie with close ties to the WPA told us that the organization is in the process of rebuilding from the semi-disarray left when Wendeen Eolis resigned approximately one week into the WSOP. While the original press release noted that Eolis’ departure was warm and fuzzy, the fact that 8 board members resigned when she did indicated otherwise. Jesse Jones stepped back into the Chairman role and according to said birdie, already has a restructuring of sorts in the works.

A statement is forthcoming in the next day or so, but the gist of it revolves around membership. Anyone who has signed up for a membership previously, whether it has been renewed or not, will be an active, voting member going forward if they choose. No financial contribution to the WPA will be required. After a year to 18 months, when the organization has firmly established programs and benefits that are valuable to its members, there may be a reconsideration of membership dues or a plan in place that would require a small fee to access those benefits.

The overall goal seems to be a reorganization, reestablishment of goals, and a renewed energy to move forward. For the WPA, a non-profit with the best of intentions, this may be the best approach. The public needs to know that the WPA is in good hands and has realizable goals to pursue.

More info as the WPA releases it, or as the birdie chirps.

5 Comments to “Whispers From the WPA”

  1. California Jen

    Testing the comment section.

  2. Poker Shrink

    Congratulations on breaking through the wall of silence around the WPA mess. As I have said in the past, if they want players to rally around them then the extended memberships is one way to go; the other would be coming out with the truth of what happened. Why do these people never get the message that cover-ups don’t work.

  3. DanM

    I really don’t think there’s a cover-up, Shrinkage … isn’t it possible that something a bunch of poker people bought into once (primarily on good faith and the good name of Jesse Jones) had a hard time getting people to buy in again when their mission and purpose was still rather unclear?

    If anything the Eolis vs. Jones leadership schism was a good-ole-fashioned political primary, with two differing philosophies vying for control of a group that hopes to shape big-money poker for the next couple decades.

    But with that, the real question is which groups WILL be setting the standards for future poker? With no disrespect to past and present leadership of the WPA, they may be facing the reality of being just a bit too blue-haired for the current poker masses to rally behind whatever it is they’re pitching.

    (No AARP jokes, Oliver.)

  4. Poker Shrink

    I have to agree with you Dan, as much as that pains me. The “rules of conduct” that the resigned WPA administration passed are just way out of touch with the game and more appropriate to a tea party in the 1950’s.

  5. DanM

    You know, it’s funny though … back in the 90s (or was it the 80s?) Wendeen helped spearhead the effort to eliminate smoking from poker rooms (in Atlantic City). This was quite the unpopular move at the time, but really, take a look at the WSOP now … can you imagine how terrible/small it would be if smoking were still allowed?

    Both Wendeen and Jesse have looked out for poker in the past, so I’m certainly willing to give Jesse some time … and besides, I’ve already paid twice for my membership!