Poker Players Alliance Unveils Political ‘Jokers’ List
Sc’s Senator Lindsey Graham is one of the most prominent ‘jokers’ on the PPA’s target list of anti-online gambling proponents.
The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has established a list of 22 politicians that the business is referring to as ‘jokers,’ highlighting lawmakers who are up for election in and who also oppose Internet poker november. The people on the list consist of applicants for the Senate, House of Representatives and positions that are gubernatorial and feature both Republicans and Democrats whom have opposed online gambling.
‘Over the past year, these ‘jokers’ have advocated for federal and/or state prohibitions for Internet poker. Some have even sought to criminalize those who play,’ the PPA’s statement says. ‘We hope you will need the time to contact these lawmakers before Election and let your voice be heard day. It’s time to take the ‘jokers’ out of the deck!’
Most on List Are Likely to Win Elections
Many of the targets are anticipated to cruise to reelection victories this year. Those include big names, such as for instance Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who sponsored bills preferred by Sheldon Adelson which would redefine the Wire Act to ban most kinds of on line gambling.
Probably the most name that is vulnerable the list is that of Rick Scott, the Republican governor of Florida. He’s locked in an extremely tight battle with previous governor Charlie Crist, with almost every recent poll showing a virtual dead heat between the two men. Scott has helped bring a number of the toughest gambling that is anti-online in the country to Florida, a move that even caused subscription poker sites that are legal in most states to pull out of the market here.
Republicans Dominate List
Taking a look at the list that is overall 17 associated with the PPA’s appointed ‘jokers’ are Republicans, while just five are Democrats. This is not terribly astonishing: while you can find supporters and detractors of on the web gambling on both sides of this aisle, the national GOP platform includes a plank and only banning online gambling, and Adelson, a donor that is prominent the party, is passionately in favor of such a ban. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party has no official position on the matter, giving users less incentive in the future away for the online poker ban.
Perhaps the most prominent Democrat whom did make the list was Martha Coakley, a prospect for governor in Massachusetts. The PPA says that Coakley made the list because of ‘multiple public statements against online poker and gaming.’ Four Democratic House members will also be included on the list.
On the PPA’s page devoted to ‘The Jokers,’ a picture of every politician is displayed. Simply clicking the photos offers information on why they made the list, along side contact information for that lawmaker. While the PPA does not explicitly tell users to vote against these candidates, it can ask that they contact them in order to allow them know that online gaming is an important issue to voters.
A few of the listed candidates have actually made waves in the world of online poker in current years, regardless if they aren’t yet well-known towards the public that is general. Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor in Texas, can be their state’s Attorney General, and was certainly one of the key signatories to a page by 15 attorneys general asking for an online poker ban that is federal. Marco Scavello may just be a State Representative in Pennsylvania, but gained notoriety for becoming the lead sponsor on a bill that might have criminalized online poker in the state.
California Chukchansi Casino Still Closed as Tribal Gaming War Continues
Warring factions at the California Chukchansi Casino remain poised to take actions that could endanger general public safety, authorities state. The property remains closed. (Image: pfadvice.com)
California’s Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino should stay closed for the security of its very own clients and employees: that’s the word from their state’s Deputy Attorney General, being a dispute between two rival tribal factions shows no indications of abating.
The AG’s office this week asked a federal judge to keep the gaming property turn off before the contentious problems can be resolved for good.
The Chukchansi have been closed down following an armed power struggle between two rival tribes, each wrestling for control of the casino’s ownership. On October 9 at around 6:30pm, 20 armed men entered the building and ordered security guards at gunpoint into an area of the casino where they certainly were handcuffed and assaulted, forcing around 500 clients and workers from the casino and hotel.
More details have since emerged of the dispute, which concerns two groups that are opposing referred to as the Tex McDonald and Reggie Lewis factions. It seems the McDonald faction had been operating the Chukchansi from its base at the tribe’s nearby business complex up until August, as soon as the Lewis faction entered the casino in the very early hours associated with morning and occupied the 10th and floors that are 11th effectively using over.
The initial schism in the tribe apparently arose following a disputed election.
Danger to Public Safety
The ousted McDonald team claimed it then stormed the premises in order to assemble casino documents and review information that have been overdue for submission to the nationwide Indian Gaming Commission. The Commission had threatened to close the casino down and issue it a $16 million fine if the accounts, some of which are 1 . 5 years late, were maybe not submitted. The Commission said Friday that is last that had now gotten the audits.
Nevertheless, the McDonald faction’s heavy-handed actions triggered the casino’s instant closure by order of a federal judge. A restraining order is now in place to keep both groups apart while no arrests could be made in relation to the armed stand-off, because it took place on tribal land. US District Judge Lawrence O’Neill has said that the casino could have violated the state to its agreement, which requires it not to endanger public safety.
‘All evidence points to the tensions and confrontations continuing, not abating,’ said the court papers filed by Deputy State Attorney General William Torngren this week. ‘The keys to reopening the casino come in the tribe’s hands,’ added Torngren, whom says it is up now to officials that are tribal solve the dispute.
No Federal Interference
Minimal progress has apparently been made since the dramatic incident. According to Joginder Dhillon, senior adviser for tribal negotiations for California Governor Jerry Brown, the 2 factions ‘remain poised to take actions that may threaten public safety.’
Madera County Sheriff John Anderson said he hoped the casino’s continued closing would incentivize the tribe to find ground that is common. ‘Perhaps it will force the tribe to together get its act and do something positive,’ he said.
The government that is federal meanwhile, said it might not step in to resolve the dispute. ‘The united states of america is ill-suited to make such decisions for tribal countries,’ said Kevin Washburn, the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs, in a letter to the tribe. ‘I implore you to the office together to resolve this dispute for the good of the tribal government, tribal account, and the surrounding community that you have made this kind of significant impact through an effective procedure of your economic enterprises.’
PokerStars Ramps Up Rake as Amaya Backlash Grows
Few would consider PokerStars rake increase to fall under the group of ‘progress,’ like this William Hogarth that is classic print. (Image: A Rake’s Progress/William Hogarth)
A PokerStars statement this week that it are rake that is increasing its cash games and tournaments on its dot.com client, the most recent in a string of unpopular decisions, has ignited a new player backlash against new owners Amaya Gaming.
The business’s announcement, which first showed up on poker forum TwoPlusTwo, has united the poker that is online in its indignation, with the hand pointed squarely at Amaya.
The changes, which will enter into effect in two stages, the very first next week, on November 3, as well as the second on January 1, 2015, will hit high-stakes cash-game players, heads-up cash game players, and Sit & Go players the hardest, and has now caused numerous players to question the profitability of continuing to relax and play the overall game.
A sit-out boycott for the site is apparently presently being organized.
PokerStars also said this week it is subject to ‘significant local taxes,’ including the UK, Germany and Denmark, which are jurisdictions that have already seen their VIP programs reduced that it will be introducing extra charges for tournament rebuys and add-ons in European countries where.
Oahu is the time that is second a week that the company has triggered a stink, having quietly added a 2.5 percent trade price charge to deposits and withdrawals without first making a formal announcement about the improvement in policy. Other decisions have triggered consternation, too, such as for example the ditching of many of its sponsored advantages, along with all of Comprehensive Tilt, not forgetting withdrawing suddenly from over 30 gray markets without prior warning.
Speaking about the changes that are recent this week, PokerStars Director of Communications Eric Hollreiser explained which they were a necessity because ‘the game is constantly changing and evolving, as is society and technology at large. Like most poker that is good,’ he continued, ‘ we all know that you have to adapt or risk being left behind. The alternatives we make today aren’t for quick term gain; they’re made because we believe they are the thing that is right tomorrow.
‘ We’ll continue steadily to make tough calls to secure the game in the present and work out bold moves to best invest in the future growth of the overall game. Our goal is still to give the best, many exciting poker experience and keep the poker universe growing,’ Hollreiser included.
Is Sheldon Alderson Involved?
PokerStars will argue that the modifications bring its rake structure based on the remaining portion of the poker that is online, and this is broadly true. But there’s also a growing perception among players that there’s huge pressure on Amaya to recoup the $4.9 billion and incurred debt from the PokerStars takeover and it’s trying to fit every final ounce of profit from a currently hugely profitable company to the detriment of the poker ecosystem.
‘I no longer think that PokerStars really are trying in order to make profit but instead there (sic) new owners are wanting to kill poker that is online’ said one disbelieving poster on TwoPlusTwo. ‘This may sound absurd but seriously you shouldn’t be surprised if Sheldon Alderson (sic) is involved somewhere.’
‘Wow. Then Amaya are serious about jeopardizing their monopoly,’ said another if this is true. ‘Wow. Terrible. This is awful for the long-term traffic for everything except non hyper MTTs, pretty much, so that as MTTs are this type of little % of movie stars overall rake this has to be a terrible move assuming a competitor can begin siphoning down players (which will eventually take place).’
One poster also mocked up a gravestone that is photoshopped bearing the epitaph: ‘PokerStars. 2001-2014. We had been poker.’
But could a player backlash really affect PokerStars’ dominance? It’s unlikely. Many players will not even notice the changes. The rest, well, in the first place, where would they go? PokerStars still delivers a competitive rake structure and has now unparalleled liquidity with regards to player swimming pools, and that suggests its monopoly is probably staying put.
Amaya, however, has purchased probably one of the most profitable online gambling organizations of them all, and may wish to think twice before tinkering way too much having a winning formula.