Top players join PPA board

Aug 8, 2006 2:09 AM

Two parties to a lawsuit against the World Poker Tour, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, have joined the board of directors of the Poker Players Alliance, a grassroots organization of about 29,000 American poker players.

"Chris and Greg will be tremendous additions to our board," said Michael Bolcerek, president of the Poker Players Alliance. "They are great ambassadors of the game and their reputations as poker professionals will provide the PPA with a wealth of knowledge and commitment as we continue to promote and protect poker."

Ferguson and Raymer will join other PPA board members including Linda Johnson, Howard Lederer, Greg Dinkin, Mary Magazine and Jan Fisher.

In April, Ferguson and Raymer, along with Howard Lederer, visited Capital Hill and met with members of Congress to discuss the game of poker and why attempts to ban the game online was counterproductive.

"The Poker Players Alliance’s mission to defend the integrity of poker makes the organization so critical in defeating attacks by Congress and others," Ferguson said. "I look forward to becoming more involved in educating the pubic and lawmakers about our great game of poker and working to ensure that this American tradition is protected."

Raymer added that he was "deeply concerned" about the attacks that have been launched against poker in various states and at the federal level.

"Serving on the board of directors will allow me the opportunity to become more personally engaged in the challenges and opportunities faced by poker players as we work to ensure that this game of skill is not threatened," Raymer said, adding that all poker players should join the PPA and "united behind our common goal of protecting this game we love."

The Poker Players Alliance is a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of American poker players. For information, visit its web site,