The PPA names online poker's most wanted

The PPA lists America's anti-online poker jokers.

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) caused a stir earlier this week after it poked fun at 22 US politicians who have opposed online poker in the past.

Calling those named on the hit list "Jokers", the motive behind the move was to show members of the community exactly which representatives are against online poker as well as incite some action ahead of the next US elections. Of course, the name of the list is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the PPA is certainly serious about US player's freedom to enjoy poker from the comfort of their own home. 

Lobby for Change

On November 4 everyone named on the list will be fighting for their political lives in the next round of elections and the PPA has called for its supporters to contact those named and lobby them for change. Although the PPA isn't advocating an all-out war against those who are politically opposed to US online poker, but it does want players to continue applying pressure to those with some influence on both a state and federal level.

Of course, the PPA's decision to put a negative slant on its latest campaign is a dramatic change of tact. However, the latest trend in the anti-online gaming community seems to be focused on poking fun at the industry and, for whatever reason, this tactic seems to be striking a chord with many members of the voting public. 

In fact, a case in point would be Sheldon Adelson's recent attempt to disparage the industry by claiming that, despite not knowing anything about online technology himself, toddlers can do anything on their iPhone, including registering a credit card for an online poker site.

Who is on the List?

As for the so-called "Jokers", the PPA has included anyone that has publically supported a movement against Internet gaming in the US in the past.

"Over the past year, these 'jokers' have advocated for federal and/or state prohibitions for Internet poker. Some have even sought to criminalize those who play!" read a statement on the PPA's website.

Most notable on the hit list is one of Adelson's supporters, Senator Lindsey Graham. The outspoken Senator has been vocal in his support of Adelson's anti-online gaming stance and even contributed to a bill that would restore the original interpretation of the Wire Act. Entitled the Restoration of America's Wire Act, Graham's bill gained support from the Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kelly Ayotte as well as Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

So who is actually on the PPA's list? Well, in addition to Senator Graham, "The Jokers" is made up of 22 Democrats and Repulicans, al of who the PPA would urge you to contact if you'd like to see online poker in the US become a legalised industry.

Sen. Lindsey Graham® SC 
Rep. Jason Chaffetz® House 3rd District, UT
Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott® Candidate for Governor, TX
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D) House 5th District, MO
Martha Coakley (D) Candidate for Governor, MA
Rep. Charles Dent® House 15th District, PA
Rep. Randy Forbes® House 4th District, VA
Rep. Trent Franks® House 8th District, AZ
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) House 2nd District, HI
Rep. Louie Gohmert® House 1st District, TX
Rep. Trey Gowdy® House 4th District, SC
Gov. Nikki Haley® SC
Rep. George Holding® House 13th District, NC
Rep. Jim Jordan® House 4th District, OH
Rep. Steve King® House 5th District, IA
Rep. James Lankford® House 5th District, OK
Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D) House 3rd District, IL
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D) House 2nd District, IA
Rep. Mike Rogers® House 8th District, MI
State Rep. Mario Scavello® State House, PA
Gov. Rick Scott® FL
Rep. Lamar Smith® House 21st District, TX

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The PPA names online poker's most wanted

The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) caused a stir earlier this week after it poked fun at 22 US politicians who have opposed online poker in the past.

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