Joe Cada, the winner of this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event, headed to Capitol Hill yesterday to lobby alongside the Poker Players Alliance (PPA). The PPA is a lobbying organization with more than 1.2 million members, fighting for the rights of poker players.
PPA has already succeeded in a number of victories, including achieving a 6-month delay on the regulations set forth by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). However, the battle for poker rights continues and Joe Cada, 22, is now one of the spokespeople.
On his visit to Capitol Hill, Cada met with a number of lawmakers. He met with California Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow and Congresswoman Candace Miller, also from Michigan. He also met with the Nevada delegation in DC and a number of other members of Congress. Cada said, “We know these members are interested in poker. They’re poker players themselves.” These are the people who can help the PPA achieve their goals and get positive poker legislation passed.
Since Cada’s win he has made several appearances around the country and on television, including on ESPN’s SportsCenter and the Late Show with David Letterman. It’s clear that he didn’t just take his WSOP winnings and run. He is spreading the word of poker and lobbying for improvements for poker players everywhere. Cada says he is interested in speaking with the PPA more, as well as Congress, and to do everything he can to help.