PPA Speaks out Against Commerce Casino

September 8, 2010

Poker advocate organization, Poker Players Alliance (PPA), has taken a stand against Commerce Casino. The corporation has allegedly put the profits of the casino ahead of the needs of the players, joining the cause to prohibit online poker activity in the US. The million-member group launched a campaign to directly target Commerce Casino in hopes they will change their position on regulation of and federal licensure of online poker as proposed in the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act (HR 2267). With signatures from more than 120 high profile poker advocates that include Doyle Brunson, Tom Dwan, Phile Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, and Barry Greenstein, the “Players Before Profits” campaign and address to Commerce Casino proves to be robust.

PPA Executive Director John Pappas says, “Members of the PPA, and poker players nationwide, are outraged that the Commerce Casino, the largest poker room in the nation, opposes Federal legislation that would protect players’ rights and access to online poker. They are angry and want to make their voices heard. The PPA’s ‘Players Before Profits’ campaign gives poker players a vehicle to express their disappointment with Commerce Casino.”

The opposition Commerce Casino has taken towards online poker legislation is a result of their advocacy for California-only regulation and licensure in order to form a monopolized market in which they would be the primary provider of online gambling in California. Intra-state licensing however would also mean that online poker in Cali would only permit Californian players to play on Californian sites. This would restrict poker activity for players who reside in California.

The PPA is urging members and players to email, call, or tweet to Commerce Casino expressing their dissatisfaction with their refusal to support HR 2267.

Pappas adds, “The poker community has been fighting tooth and nail for years for a safe, regulated online poker industry in the United States, and it is disheartening to see one of our own turn its back on this effort – and the safety of players – in order to maximize their own profits. I urge all poker players to contact Commerce Casino and express your disappointment.”


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