Working with the World Poker Association

by Lou on April 19, 2007

I was elected to the Board of Trustees of the World Poker Association and attended my first, and the organization’s initial board meeting yesterday.

The World Poker Association is positioning itself to function in much the same way as the PGA does for the world of golf, by uniting everyone in the world of poker, and giving each member one voice and one vote on all issues pertaining to the industry’s future.

The WPA was founded by Jesse Jones, who contributed $100,000 of his own money to get the organization off the ground. The WPA mission statement is “To assure the integrity of tournament poker by establishing fair and consistent standards and thereby increase the opportunities of individuals and organizational members worldwide. “

The WPA’s current focus is on a number of issues critical to poker, including:

Codes of ethics and codes of conduct
Uniform tournament rules and rankings
Uniform tournament standards
Relationships with media
Incorporation of international associates
Governmental and regional affairs
Charitable contributions

By becoming the standard bearing governing body of tournament poker, the WPA will increase poker’s legitimacy.

If you are interested in becoming a member, you can register online at http://www.wpapoker.org/. You can contribute $1,000 and become a Founding Member, or $50 annually to become a voting member. Non-voting memberships are available for $10 annually.

The initial 9-member board includes Annie Van Bebber, Chris Bigler, Wendeen Eolis, Jesse Jones, Mary Jones, Warren Karp, Marcel Luske, Harry Thomas, and me.

I’ll post more about the World Poker Association in the future. But for now I’d like to remind you that the organization is planning to have a big presence at the upcoming World Series of Poker. If you’re planning to be at the WSOP, stop by and say hello. And while you’re there, take out your checkbook and become a member.

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