The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has introduced a new campaign designed to bring the poker-playing community together as the one-year anniversary of Black Friday's shutdown of the top U.S.-facing poker sites is approaching.
Entitled "The Players Will Never Fold," the PPA is urging poker players everywhere to contact their elected representatives and demand legislation that will permit Americans to play poker online. The campaign will run through April 16, aiming to raise money for the cause and encouraging players to stand united and to make their voices heard.
In a press release issued to coincide with the campaign, the PPA, now over 1 million strong, expressed frustration on behalf of players whose account balances on Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet are still frozen and have yet to be reimbursed nearing the April 15 one-year anniversary.
“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, PPA's executive director. “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."
The PPA website has been modified to show players how best to support the cause by contacting Congressional leaders via social media outlets, becoming PPA members, and urging other organizations to become members by promoting banner ads on websites. The goal is to have outstanding players' funds reimbursed and to legalize poker in the U.S., providing Americans with a "safe online poker environment."