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WPA Founder Jesse Jones Named Chairman Emeritus

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On February 25th, the World Poker Association (WPA) announced that its founder Jesse Jones had been elevated to the newly-created position of Chairman Emeritus. While the term “emeritus” is often bestowed upon someone who is nearing retirement and given an honorary title, Jones will still remain involved in the WPA as a member of the Board of Directors.

When Jones founded the WPA more than two years ago, he hoped the organization would become the “PGA of poker.” Though the process has been a slow one, he hopes that his new position will allow him to focus on his broader vision for the WPA and help carry it in that direction while others handle the business end of the non-profit.

In light of the new position created for Jones, Wendeen Eolis has been promoted to Chairperson of the Board of Directors from her former status as Vice Chairperson. And the most recent addition to the board, Ken Adams, moves up to Vice Chairperson. Eolis commented, “Our Board of Directors is pushing forward with its efforts to promote poker as a sport with the highest ethical standards because of Jesse’s vision and determination to create this vibrant association. The depth and diversity of talent provided by Adams in tandem with fellow officers Joe Hachem and Harry Thomas who remain as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively, allow us to broaden our vision and has strengthened our leadership.”

The WPA now boasts of nearly 1400 members and continues to grow. The organization’s mission is to have one voice and one vote in the world of tournament poker. Specifically, the goal is to “promote professionalism in poker worldwide and support the highest standards of ethical conduct in tournament poker activities.” The group represents the interests of tournament poker players throughout the world.

For more information about membership or activities, visit

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