Big Changes in Poker Players Alliance

by Lou on August 23, 2007

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), which has been headquartered in San Francisco, is moving to Washington D.C., putting the organization closer to the action in its fight for the rights of online poker players.

They’re changing leaders too. Michael Bolcerek has stepped down as president of the PPA and John Pappas was named executive director. Before being named to his current post,
Pappas managed the PPA’s lobbying efforts, grassroots outreach, and media strategy, where he worked to educate members of Congress about online poker.

As PPA executive director, he will be responsible for overall operations management, strategic initiatives, membership communication/engagement and recruitment.

Former New York Senator Al D’Amato continues to serve as the PPA’s chairman.

“The PPA has become an influential force fighting for the rights of poker players to enjoy this game of skill,” said D’Amato. “There is wide support and momentum in the U.S. Congress to enact sensible legislation to regulate online poker and provide the necessary safeguards to all players. It is vital that the PPA centralize its efforts in D.C. so we can best serve the interests of our 660,000 plus members,” he added. These announcements were made in a news release posted on the PPA website,

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