Poker Players Alliance moves forward with its efforts

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September 23, 2009

BOSTON, Massachusetts: The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) will move forward with hopes of getting an online poker initiative on the ballot in other states, even though their efforts in Massachusetts fell short of obtaining a position on the 2010 ballot.

The alliance, a lobby group, circulated an initiative petition in Massachusetts that would have legitimized internet poker and would have enabled the state to collect 5% of revenue made by residents. However, General Attorney Martha Coakley rejected the petition, stating that that language of the initiative deters payment processors from paying 5%.

John Pappas has stated that this initiative would indeed work in other states due to higher interests in online gaming. Pappas also stated that the failed efforts in Massachusetts wouldn’t stop his group from moving forward.[1]

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