The PPA just sent me this email:
I don’t know what universe the PPA lives in but the DOJ’s decision had nothing to do with any grassroots pressure generated from PPA members. Sixty-five thousands emails and letters is a blip for government agencies. That’s about .02% of the US population. That’s only 5% of the stated PPA membership.
The PPA is having delusions of grander. If you read the actual agreement (not just the press release) between the DOJ and Stars and Tilt you will notice that Stars and Tilt had to agree to some pretty stiff terms. One of which was not to destroy any evidence against them. They can’t destroy emails, paper trails, or anything else that the DOJ may need to further their case against them. They also had to agree to having an auditor look through their records to make sure that they are no longer allowing US players to play on their site which further allows the DOJ insight into the businesses of Stars and Tilt.
The DOJ came out a winner in that agreement big time. I can’t see how anybody in their right head could claim that the PPA or any emails had any influence whatsoever in the DOJ’s decision. This deal between the DOJ and the poker sites was announced on Wednesday. That’s five days after throwing down the hammer. And two of those days were over the weekend. Figure in at least two days of negotiations between the rooms and the DOJ and there’s no way that the US DOJ caved to public pressure in just one or two days.
The truth of the matter is that the PPA is a completely ineffectual organization. They basically did the bidding of Stars and Tilt in exchange for funding and now those two rooms have no further reason to keep supporting them because it’s pretty obvious that Stars and Tilt are persona non grata in the US now and going forward.
Trying to take credit for the DOJ and poker rooms settlement is just pathetic.