Posts Tagged ‘John Pappas’

Greg Raymer leaves PPA in Wake of Prostitution Scandal

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

For the past few years, Greg Raymer has been fighting for American poker players’ rights as a member of the Poker Players Alliance board. However, his work with the PPA will come to a halt for now after Raymer was busted for soliciting a prostitute in Wake Forrest, North Carolina. The 48-year-old voluntarily stepped down so that he can focus on his legal problems.

PPA Executive President John Pappas discussed Raymer’s decision by saying, “Earlier today, members of the Board of Directors of the Poker Players Alliance had a conversation with Board member Greg Raymer. Mr. Raymer requested, and the rest of the PPA Board accepted, that he be given a formal leave of absence as member of the PPA Board.”

With the organization currently battling for legalized poker on both the state and national level, it’s obvious that Raymer’s current problems aren’t an asset. Pappas said, “We are at a critical juncture in the fight for poker rights and we have to make sure side issues do not obscure focus from the main issue.”

During the time that Raymer was with the PPA, he showed up to various poker-related court cases around the United States. He also spoke to Congressmen on Capitol Hill about why online poker should be legalized.

Based on everything that Raymer has done, it’s not surprising that Pappas left the door open for him to return to the PPA board one day. However, the rest of the PPA would have to see Raymer as an asset, which certainly won’t be any time in the immediate future.

Greg Raymer is best known for winning the 2004 WSOP Main Event. He has also won four Heartland Poker Tour titles, and cashed in quite a few WSOP tournaments. To date, he’s earned $7,391,124 in live poker tournament winnings.

Legal US Online Poker may not happen for Years

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

For the past few years, US residents have held out hope that their government would eventually regulate and legalize online poker on a federal level. Unfortunately, this isn’t going to happen in 2012 – and it may not happen for years to come either.

Senators Harry Reid and Jon Kyl were hoping that Congress would vote on their online poker bill during a lame-duck session. However, the bill “ran out of time” according to Reid’s chief of staff, David Krone. Expanding on the matter, Krone told media members the following:

Our goal is to definitely try again next year but Senator Reid’s feeling is that after a while there comes a time when you’ve lost momentum, you’ve lost the consensus you’ve built. There will be a window next year, but I don’t see it going long.

As indicated from this statement, Reid and Kyl will try to get their federal poker legislation passed next year. But because of the “lost momentum,” it doesn’t look like there’s much chance of the bill passing any time in the future. This is especially the case when you figure that states will begin taking over with operations of their own.

There was a lot of hard work put into getting a poker bill passed. Poker Players Alliance President John Pappas was one of the people who worked hard to lobby Congress and eventually get federal poker regulation a serious look. So he was definitely not happy and spoke about it by saying:

It is an extremely disappointing end to a year where tremendous progress was made. I am most upset for the players, who have been calling on Congress for years to pass an Internet poker law that protects consumers, restores their freedoms and raises revenue. While I don’t think these voices have fallen on deaf ears, I am discouraged that Congress could not coalesce around a solution in the wake of the ongoing fiscal crisis.