2018 has been a rough year for the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), a group that’s spent over a decade lobbying Washington for rounders’ rights. The organization was in dire straits after Executive Director John Pappas stepped down, and they began having funding issues.
However, Poker Central has stepped in and worked out a deal to acquire the PPA. Besides taking over the lobbying group, they’re also changing the name to the “Poker Alliance” — effectively dropping the “players” aspect.
Poker Alliance Goes from No Funding to Fresh Start
The PPA was in danger of closing, when temporary chairman Rich Muny couldn’t convince the poker community to ante up $25,000 for the organization. Muny was faced with a difficult task after many pros claimed that the PPA had become too close to PokerStars’ best interests.
Poker Central acquiring the PPA and rebranding it as the Poker Alliance gives the group a new start. This fresh beginning includes adding new leadership and including more funding. Here’s an official statement from Poker Central:
“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.”
A Look at the Poker Alliance’s Leadership Structure
Muny and Pappas will continue helping the Poker Alliance in advisory roles. Poker Central’s Mark Brenner will take over leadership duties as the new President. It hasn’t been reported at this point what will happen to the board of directors involved with the organization.
Brenner has the following to say about his new role:
“As gaming culture and the laws around it have shifted, so too has our focus. 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.”
Poker Central was founded by Cary Katz, a wealthy entrepreneur and poker player who owns the College Loan Corporation. Katz, who’s made over $14.6 million in poker tournaments, has the kind of keep pockets that can help the Poker Alliance succeed.