Poker Central Acquires and Rebrands Poker Players Alliance - News : News
  • 3 minutes read
Published on
Update on

This year has proven to be a truly monumental year for the Poker Players Alliance thanks to a number of events, both good and bad, that have contributed to the organization’s present situation. First, earlier this year, the lobbyist group’s executive director John Pappas stepped down as the president of the alliance, a position he had held for over a decade. Pappas was promptly replaced by Rich Muny, who as it turns out, inherited a lot of problems.

Most significant was a warning by Muny that indicated that the Poker Players Alliance was in dire need of at least $25,000 in donations if it was going to keep operating. His please, unfortunately, bore no fruit and it was then that it became apparent that the organization was very close to permanent closure.

New Beginnings

Just when it seemed like everything could not get any better, last Wednesday, the Poker Players Alliance received a lifeline after online poker broadcasting operator, Poker Central, announced that it would be taking over the organization. Also, as stipulated by the terms of the arrangement, the Poker Players Alliance was immediately rebranded to Poker Alliance. This fresh start gives the lobbying group a great opportunity to move forward with its activities that had been impeded by dwindling financial donations from its backers including PokerStars, one of the Poker Players Alliance’s earliest corporate backers – PokerStars opted out late last year.

“Poker Alliance will be a dedicated voice for the millions of Americans who support expanding the sporting world of poker, in particular, the players seeking to enjoy safe, well-regulated, and fair games in myriad locations and formats. The revamped association will prioritize advocating for consumer protection and states’ rights in the context of poker and internet gaming,” reads the press release issued by the group.

New Leadership

The Poker Alliance will seek to build on the efforts by the Poker Players Alliance to serve the poker world by working alongside journalists, lawmakers, and policymakers in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for the poker community. The rebranded organization has a new corporate structure that was lacking in its predecessor’s structure – this corporate structure will be responsible for providing financial and operational support.

Leading the Poker Alliance will be longtime business development and government relations executive, Mark Brenner.

“As gaming culture and the laws around it have shifted, so too has our focus,” said Brenner during the press release. “Poker players deserve to be able to play poker with confidence and safety, and we will expand the PPA’s incredible effort by strategically advocating for our members.”

The organization’s former presidents will be retained as members of the advisory board for at least two years. This makes for a pretty robust team and might eventually make the organization’s efforts towards achieving its goals much easier.

Latest Headlines

Penn National in Advanced Talks to Acquire Barstool Sports

Over the past year or so, there have been several instances where gambling companies have joined forces with sports media companies. The goal of these partnerships has been to ensure that the stakeholders are able to grow their presence in the country’s sports betting market. These partnerships majorly foster the growth and retention of audiences […]

More Highlights of Pa.’s Gambling Industry

It has just been a little over a fortnight since the new year began and already a lot has happened in the Keystone State’s gambling industry. Needless to say, much of this was expected especially considering the meteoric growth of the sector over the past year and the big promises that gaming operators gave to […]

Evolution’s Live Games Coming to Parx Casino in Pa. and NJ

Greenwood Racing Inc.-owned Parx Casino has been very busy extending its portfolio as it kicks off the new year. Recently, it integrated exclusive gaming content from Everi. As it turns out, that was just the beginning. Last week, the gaming operator announced that it has partnered with Live Casino supplier Evolution Gaming. The two intend […]

Parx Casino Integrates Exclusive Gaming Content from Everi

Parx Online, Parx Casino’s online gambling operation has recently added five stepper titles for real money online gambling to its portfolio. The five titles which are meant to further improve the gaming operator’s standing in the Keystone State are from Everi Holdings. If you are not familiar with Everi Holdings it is one of the […]

FOX Bet Offering Free Bets for the NFL Playoffs

Sports bettors in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are in for a big treat this football season thanks to a new and exciting offering from FOX Bet. The sports betting app just recently went live in Pennsylvania and it has been live in New Jersey for a while. In the period since it launched, it has […]

Similar Stories in Gambling

West Virginia Speeds Up Online Gaming Plans After Benchmarking in Pa.

It goes without saying that Pennsylvania is currently one of the most lucrative gambling destinations in the United States. In fact, it has grown so immensely that other states have begun to see it as one of the best benchmarks for their gaming industries. The latest state to consult with the Keystone State is West […]

Pennsylvania ‘Skill Games’ Still on the Spotlight

Earlier this month, “game of skill machines” which are classified under the “Pennsylvania Skill” brand were subject to lots of drama. These gaming machines which are very similar to slot machines have been on the receiving end of a number of rather controversial decisions with a number of police raids being organized and court orders […]

PokerStars PACOOP Goes Live in the Keystone State

PokerStars debuted in the Keystone State’s online gambling market about a month ago and already is proving to be the leading online poker platform. As expected, the company has been working very hard to solidify its position as the leader in the online poker sector and its efforts are already being seen by Pennsylvanian poker […]

Work Begins On $150M Live! Casino in Westmoreland County

Stadium Casino Westmoreland, an affiliate of The Cordish Companies has recently officially marked the beginning of the construction of its casino project in the county. The $150 million Live! Casino project kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony that was graced by a number of high-ranking state officials as well as leading stakeholders in the gambling […]