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March 12, 2009 - Okay, so I've got to talk some more about the Poker Players Alliance - otherwise known as the PPA. One of our writers here at Online Casino Suite recently dished out a news story about the PPA's latest foray - and I've got to say that I'm not surprised. Not by the writer, nor the PPA. Just kidding Margaret...you never cease to surprise....err...impress me. Ya, that's it.... Margaret Oliveira impresses me.

Okay, so before I put my foot deeper into my mouth (which would make it more like my wind pipe at this point), or give the Hendon Mob due course to pay me a visit in the middle of the night, I've got to say, firstly, that I greatly admire the organization efforts of the PPA - not to mention their weight in the lobbying territory. They've certainly done a great job at giving the online poker sector a heightened degree of credibility.

That said, now let me bespeak of all the things I am not so impressed with about the PPA. Regarding this recent news that I've already mentioned, the PPA recently rented out an exhibit at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington D.C. with the hopes of showing the "light" to die-hard liberals totally against the notions of regulating any form of gambling whatsoever.

But to give them the benefit of the doubt, a spokesperson for the PPA said their presence at CPAC was to drum up media buzz more so than to save some political conservatives, so to speak. Hey, let's be fair. I'm writing about it now, so I suppose you could say that mission was accomplished. However, I personally don't believe the notion that "any press is good press". You definitely wouldn't catch me applying anything "directly to my forehead", if you get my drift.

To put it bluntly, I think the PPA has a serious uphill battle. First off, they are trying to make poker out to be something completely different than online casino gambling. Okay, so it's a game of skill. I've heard it a thousand times. But don't craps and blackjack allow the bettor to use strategy for increasing odds? Secondly, they are apparently still attempting to lobby members of Congress in the "traditional" sense - and the Obama administration simply isn't going to stand for that same load of BS anymore. Oh, and don't even get me started on their last ad campaign.

I know it's easy to pick things apart. But what about some solutions? Well, if you ask me (you probably wouldn't, but that's okay), I'd tell the PPA to use all their money to develop and open their very own offshore online poker room. There's still plenty of other poker rooms and online casinos doing the same. It could be done...and I'd probably play there.

Originally published: March, 2009 | Categories: Online Poker

 

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