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Never Fold: PPA Unites Poker Players for One Year Anniversary of “Black Friday”
Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2012) – As April 15, 2012, marks the one-year anniversary of Black Friday, the day the U.S. government shut down three major online poker sites in the U.S., the Poker Players Alliance(PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group with more than one million members nationwide, is uniting players across the country with a renewed urgency to voice their frustration directly to Congress. Following Black Friday, online poker play in the U.S. came to an abrupt standstill, and millions of players’ money held in online accounts was frozen, much of which has still not been returned.
“It’s been a full year since the rights of millions of American poker players were trampled and, as a united front, we are calling on Congress to reverse this wrong and reinstate our basic freedoms,”said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA. “As players’ frustration over their frozen funds and inability to play the game they love grows, it is crucial that Congress hear our voices and know that the players will keep fighting until online poker is licensed and regulated in the U.S.”
In a continued effort to raise awareness on the anniversary of Black Friday, the PPA transformed its website this week with a call to action for players to “never fold in the fight for America’s greatest card game”. Highlighting the various ways Americans can support the cause, the site helps connect players with their Congressional representatives, urges them to show their support through socia lmedia, and enables them to download and share a special edition PPA Black Friday logo and avatar. The PPA is also urging additional organizations to join the campaign through a series of online banner ads that began running today.
In addition, the PPA is holding a “Never Fold” Money Bomb fundraiser during the week leading up to Black Friday’s anniversary, urging Americans to donate to the PPA’s advocacy efforts and join the cause. As the PPA has dedicated its advocacy efforts to urging Congress to ensure players’ funds are reinstated and to creating a safe online poker environment in the U.S., it is the organizations’ hope that this surge in outreach sends the message to Congress that the players’ voice cannot be drown out and will only grow until action has been taken to protect their basic freedoms.
“Throughout all of our efforts over the past year, our strongest asset has been the players themselves. With more than 200,000 letters sent and thousands of calls placed to Congress, not to mention a steady up rise in social media outreach, players across the country have been voicing their frustration over the lack of legislative action,” said Pappas.
While many Americans enjoy online poker as a hobby, there are also thousands who depend on the game to supplement their income and, for many , their livelihood. To tell their stories, the PPA is also working directly with the players to spread their message through the media, directly to Congress and through social media platforms.
“The millions of players across our country who were affected on Black Friday will never forget the dramatic impact the actions taken on that single day has had on their lives. While the players still wait for their government to provide a solution, the time is now for Congress to protect those they serve and pass legislation to license and regulate online poker in the U.S.,” said Pappas.
For more information on the Black Friday anniversary and how you can become involved, please visit www.theppa.org/neverfold.
About The Poker Players Alliance
The Poker Players Alliance ( www.theppa.org ; http://twitter.com/ppapoker ; www.facebook.com/theppa ) is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of over 1,000,000online and offline poker players and enthusiasts from around the United States who have joined together to speak with one voice to promote the game and to protect poker players’ rights.