Wow! What an amazing three days poker had in Washington
D.C. last week. And the momentum is continuing to build.
From Oct 22 – 24, nearly 100 PPA members including some of the top professional poker players converged on Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and defended your right to play online poker. By all accounts the Washington Fly-In and policy conference was a huge success and we made a significant impression on Congress and the media.
Many of you who were not able to come also made important
contributions. More than 350 of you sent testimonials about the meaning of online poker in your own lives, and these were delivered to your Representatives by the Fly-In participants (see a selection of testimonials.) They also delivered copies of more than 500 messages that you sent to key Members of Congress in the previous few weeks. Chris Young’s right-on-target video was shown on the Hill, and your support of our Facebook petition attracted new faces to support poker. Last but not least, 161 of you reported making phone calls to
your Representatives’ offices last week while Fly-In participants were visiting these same offices, further heightening Congressional awareness of the depth of constituent support for
online poker. I'd like to give a big thank you to all who participated, both in-person and virtually.
We also garnered tremendous media attention for our cause and through this effort we are showing Congress and the American people that there is a true and vocal and growing constituency that cares about poker. Click here for selected coverage.
Our Wednesday policy forum entitled, "Poker: Public Policy, Politics, Skill and the Future of an
American Tradition," was equally a success. With Howard Lederer, professor Charles Nesson, Radley Balko and Kenneth Adams leading the discussion, the PPA took a serious look at the
political future of poker. The consensus? Poker players must become politically aware, register to vote and make their voices heard in debates and elections.
Let’s keep the momentum moving in the right direction.
Thank you again for your support of this important campaign for online poker!
Proud to Play Poker,
Senator Alfonse D'Amato