Poker Players Alliance to develop strong local presence in 2007

by Lou on December 18, 2006

At the recent blogger’s get together in Las Vegas, Randy Lau of the Poker Players Alliance, told me they are making a concerted effort to develop a strong local presence, and they are searching for state, regional, and local representatives to raise awareness and recruit members.

“We felt it was important that we have a strong local, regional and state organization that can press the agenda at home when their (Congressional representatives) are back in their local jurisdictions,” said Michael Bolcerek, the president of the PPA. “They can work with local media that might be more interested in speaking with a local member of the Poker Players Alliances than with myself.”

The Alliance will count on their regional representatives to help build membership. The PPA has grown to 135,000 in the past year. Bolcerek hopes continued growth and a strong local flavor to the organization will give the PPA some clout with incoming Congressional leaders.

“It gives us the opportunity to look at specific districts and members of Congress and to build our membership specifically around those targeted districts,” Bolcerek said. “If someone’s on the fence in regards to a poker exemption, our membership can then ask that member of Congress more actively to support our agenda.”

The PPA is hopeful that legislators that are more willing to listen. Rep. Jim Leach (R-Iowa), a 15-term member of the House of Representatives who championed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, lost his reelection bid by less than 6,000 votes. Many industry observers, including the PPA, gambling law expert I. Nelson Rose, and this reporter, attribute Leach’s defeat to his position e on Internet gambling.

PPA members interested in becoming local, regional or state representatives can learn more by visiting the Poker Players Alliance at http://www.pokerplayerrsalliance.org.

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