The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) recently sent out news to all registered users. For those online poker players that reside in the United States that aren't members of the PPA, PokerWorks felt the need to share the message with you.
We are now more than one month past Black Friday and there are still many concerns among poker players. Chief among those is the return of player funds. As recently as this week the PPA has communicated with Full Tilt Poker and shared with them player concerns about payouts.
As the organization representing the interest of the players, we have shared with Full Tilt Poker the frustration of the players and have urged Full Tilt Poker to fulfill their promises to allow U.S. players to cash out their account balances. We are very encouraged by our communications with them. It is clear that progress is being made and that Full Tilt Poker remains committed to playing players as soon as possible. This is a top priority and we are confident that they are working toward a solution to return player funds.
It is important to note that Full Tilt Poker has always paid out their players even in the face of similar legal obstacles or factors not in their control, such as payment processor defaults and prior actions by the US government to seize US players' funds. The PPA will continue to communicate with Full Tilt Poker until the matter is resolved.
The PPA similarly calls on Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet to fulfill their promises to allow U.S. players to cash out their account balances. The PPA will initiate a dialogue with Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet to convey to them the frustration of our membership.
While the PPA is working to help the poker community in the aftermath of Black Friday, we are also focused on our mission to establish a regulated US marketplace for poker. Next week will be another important step in our advocacy efforts. More than 30 PPA State Directors and others will descend on Washington DC on May 24th to advocate for federal legislation. We have already arranged for more than 120 meetings on Capitol Hill. We look forward to a productive "Fly-In" and we will report back next week.
If you cannot make it to Washington DC, we still need your help on May 24th. There are 2 things you can do to help us tell Congress that the status quo does not work and we need them to license and regulate online poker. First, you can click here to set up a time to visit your Member of Congress' District office. We'll provide you with the address, talking points and even an letter to drop off. Additionally, we need every poker player to tell Congress to license and regulate poker. Just visit this link, enter your information and we've made it easy for you to call, Tweet or send a message to your Members of Congress.
The issue of legalizing, regulating, and licensing online poker in the United States has been brewing since 1996 when the UIGEA was first signed into law; that issue has grown into a monumental tidal wave and American online poker players are angry at having their freedom to play online poker in the privacy of their own homes snatched away from them with the Black Friday incident on April 15th when indictments were opened against PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker and UB. It is time to stand up for your rights America, take back your freedom, and fight for the right to play online poker in a safe and secure environment. Visit the PPA today and find out how you can help.