The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) desperately needs financial assistance from the poker community. If the non-profit organization doesn’t receive $25,000 by the end of March, it may cease to exist.
For the past decade, the PPA has fought for poker player’s rights, advocating online poker legislation in the United States at the federal and state levels. The organization meets with lawmakers around the country, encouraging them to vote for in favor of pro-internet poker and gambling bills.
But those days could be numbered if donors don’t pony up the necessary funds to keep the lobbying group afloat. The PPA sent out an email to its members asking for donations.
If the non-profit doesn’t receive $25,000 by the end of March, the PPA’s days will be numbered. And that money is only funds necessary to remain open for 30 days. After that, they’ll again need donations.
“Unfortunately, funding issues threaten to shut down PPA before we can even get started on the 2018 fight. The threat is real and PPA cannot continue fighting for poker if we do not meet our fundraising goal of $25,000 by the end of March. With the support from poker players and enthusiasts like you , we can make this goal,” read the PPA’s website.
What Have They Done?
Since 2007, the Poker Players Alliance has played an integral role in getting lawmakers to at least consider legalizing online poker. Currently, three states (New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada), have legal internet poker sites in operation. Pennsylvania passed an iGambling bill in 2017 and will soon have licensed poker sites.
Without the efforts of president Rich Muny and other PPA executives selling the benefits of legal internet poker to lawmakers, poker players in those states still may not have a right to legally play cards online.
The organization, which has been the voice of the poker community for years, also helped get $120 million returned to poker players following the US Department of Justice’s crackdown on the major poker sites in April 2011.
Moving on to Bigger Things?
Citing a decline in donations, the PPA recently began testing the sports betting waters. The lobbying group sent out surveys to its members to determine if they have an interest in sports betting.
The US Supreme Court is currently considering overturning the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), which would then give individual states the right to legalize sports betting.
The PPA has begun shifting its focus to sports gambling legislation now that online poker isn’t bringing in enough revenue to stay afloat.