The PPA (Poker Players Alliance) launched the National Poker Week on July 15th, 2009 and they have already had several meetings in the country's capital aside from an appearance on the Howard Stern radio show. Poker Players Alliance head Alfonse D'Amato discussed the PPA's condition and after the show, the well-known radio host and television personality decided to show his support by joining the Alliance.
D'Amato said that he cannot think of a better way to start the National Poker Week than having Howard Stern join the PPA. The Poker Week will run until July 25th, 2009 and more than thirty of the PPA's State Directors and several well-known poker pros are scheduled to talk with representatives in Washington, D.C. Poker players like Howard Lederer, Andy Bloch and Greg Raymer already met with Representative Robert Wexler.
Poker pro Annie Duke will also be making an appearance. A lot of players are supporting Representative Barney Frank's H.R. 2267 bill, which aims to legalized, taxed and duly regulated online poker and. The PPA also run full page advertisements in Roll Call and Politico supporting the legalization of online poker.
PPA Executive Director John Pappas is also scheduled to discuss the National Poker Week on BBC Radio. But the main force of the National Poker Week is an online petition that asks U.S.President Barack Obama to exempt the game of poker from the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act), license and fully regulate poker in the US ands respect the rights of law-abiding US citizens who want to enjoy the game.