NEWSBRIEF
BY MARKANDERSON
PPA Presses Pros To Protest Prestigious Poker Room
August 27, 2021
The Poker Players Alliance, poker’s largest grassroots advocacy group with over 1 million members nationwide, has turned their attention to LA’s Commerce Casino, in hopes they can get the popular card room to rethink its position on Congressman Barney Frank’s H.R.2267- the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act.

Commerce Casino, the nation’s largest brick-and-mortar poker room, surprised many in the poker community recently when it was discovered during a congressional meeting prior to H.R.2267’s markup, that they actually stood against the passage of the bill- which would effectively license and regulate online poker in the U.S.- despite reportedly being highly in favor of intrastate online poker- which is basically the same thing only exclusively within California borders, where Commerce Casino holds a significant amount of sway.

In order to bring attention to this position, which the PPA seems to view as not only hypocritical but also contrary to protecting players and their rights, the organization has created an open letter to Commerce Casino- basically stating as much- and is working to get as many top pros and regular folks to publicly sign it as possible. 

Some names who have already signed the letter include PokerRoad’s Barry Greenstein, Howard Lederer, Doyle Brunson, Ted Forrest, Phil Hellmuth, Huck Seed, Vanessa Rousso, Patrik Antonius, John Juanda, Daniel Negreanu, Tom “durrrr” Dwan and over 5,000 others (as of this writing).

"The poker community has been fighting tooth and nail for years for a safe, regulated online poker industry in the United States, and it is disheartening to see one of our own turn its back on this effort – and the safety of players – in order to maximize their own profits.  I urge all poker players to contact Commerce Casino and express your disappointment."  -John Pappas, Executive Director Poker Players Alliance

For more information on this story, or to sign the open letter, visit either www.playersbeforeprofits.com, or www.theppa.org.
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