President Mark Brenner will lead the revamped and rebranded advocacy organization, previously known as the Poker Players Alliance (PPA)

Washington, DC – June 27, 2018 –The largest poker advocacy organization in the United States today unveiled a new brand identity and leadership: Poker Alliance, with longtime business development and government relations executive Mark Brenner at the helm. 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.

As online gaming has become more widespread and popular, and following the recent Supreme Court decision invalidating the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), the sport of poker is ready for a new kind of activism. Poker Alliance will build on the PPA’s over thirteen-year history of working effectively with policy makers, journalists, and industry partners to achieve the best outcomes for players and growth of the game itself. A Poker Alliance advisory board, with the involvement of former Poker Players Alliance presidents Rich Muny and John Pappas, will be announced in due course.

“As gaming culture and the laws around it have shifted, so too has our focus,” said Mark Brenner, president of Poker Alliance. “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.”

“I’m very optimistic about Poker Alliance’s potential to bring new innovations and a different skill set to the fight for poker, serving its membership and consumers in general,” said former PPA president Rich Muny. “Along with my fellow advisors to the new leadership, I look forward to advocating for the great game of poker as part of Poker Alliance.”

Poker Alliance will focus on online poker. As a backdrop to today’s announcement, internet poker and gaming are authorized in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware, with Pennsylvania expected to launch its regulated iGaming market later this year. With the recent Supreme Court decision striking down the PASPA, new sports betting initiatives and legislation are progressing quickly nationwide.

About Poker Alliance

Poker Alliance is dedicated to advancing the sport of poker on behalf of the poker playing community in the United States and abroad. As advocates of safe, legal and fair play, the Poker Alliance represents the needs of poker players to legislators, courts, policy makers, and the media to ensure legal and healthy competition. Located in Washington, DC, the association also works with casinos, poker companies, and other partners to promote safe and well-regulated poker experiences.


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