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 Post subject: Email I got from PPA 6/5/2011
PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:29 am 
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No issue is more immediate to PPA members and leadership than the return of player funds. The PPA believes, as it has since Black Friday, that while the government has targeted the online poker sites, it is the players who have been the victims.

Thankfully, one affected online poker site has been able to fulfill its obligations. We commend PokerStars for repaying its U.S. players in an efficient and timely manner. It was reported earlier this month that they have returned more than $100 million in players’ accounts. PokerStars continues to be the most popular site for players around the world, no doubt in no small measure due to their fiscal and customer policies.

Unfortunately, the other sites targeted on Black Friday -- Full Tilt Poker, Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker -- have been unable to do the same and their U.S. customers are understandably angry.

Recently (5/30/11), Full Tilt Poker provided an update to players about status of player funds. Regrettably, no specific timeline was provided on return of funds. Full Tilt Poker continues to maintain, as they have to the PPA directly in the past, their intention to refund players in full. As far as we are aware, there have been no recent updates provided by Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker. Each passing day without communication -- or refunds -- increases harm to the players.

Currently there exists no legal or civil authority by which the PPA could force or require that players be paid immediately. The PPA does, however, have an obligation to represent our membership of over 1.2 million U.S. poker players and we again publicly call on Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet to fulfill their promises to allow U.S. players to cash out their account balances and to do so sooner rather than later, despite what difficulties may exist. Players relied on assurances by these sites that their money would be safe and these sites must honor their commitments to the players. The immediate return of U.S. player funds must be the top priority of all the parties involved.

We will continue to press these poker sites for concrete responses which we can pass on to our members in the very near future.

PPA Fly-In Follow Up

Last week the PPA and a team of our State Directors and poker advocates came to Washington DC to lobby for Internet poker regulation. We met with more than 130 Congressional offices and helped educate lawmakers and their staff about the benefits of regulation. We also heard from some of our supporters at a rally held on the Capitol Lawn. At the rally Representative John Campbell (R-CA), who is the lead sponsor of HR 1174, stressed the importance of the poker community contacting their members of Congress. He says that lawmakers need to hear that their constituents and that we must make our voices heard. Click here to hear what Congressman Campbell had to say about poker player advocacy.

If you have not already sent a letter to your lawmaker asking that they support your poker freedoms, you must do so TODAY. Click the button below and in 60 seconds you can email your Representative and two Senators:

 Post subject: Re: Email I got from PPA 6/5/2011
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:00 am 
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Joined: Sun Jan 25, 2009 10:38 pm
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hopefully everyone will get there cash....just remember though,as us players we all knew going in that online gambling was,is still,hopefully wont always be, those of us who lost money knew the risk going in..and ultimately got what we had coming..hopefully things will change,but until then we broke the cost us ,as it usually with it ......

gl at the tables all that play at them...

 Post subject: Re: Email I got from PPA 6/5/2011
PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:44 am 
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There is a difference between getting what you deserve for playing poker and that which seems to have happened here.

I truly suspect that the DOJ took action based on orders from Harry Reid and delivered by his party leader BHO.

The poker sites considered player deposits to be their money and might have stolen player funds. If this has happened, the DOJ should attack all preferences including dollars paid to Hellmuth and Duke along with any dollars paid out to the Euros over the prior 6 months.

These dollars legally need to be returned to the estate and all theives should be jailed a minimum of ten years, Club Gitmo is good by me, for every $1 million stolen with no chance at parole.

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