Near unanimous vote, elects Patrick Fleming to the board
By a near unanimous vote, Patrick Fleming, director of the Poker Players Alliance's Litigation Support Network and an attorney with his own private practice in Portsmouth, NH, was selected as a new member of the Board of Directors of the PPA.
Nominees to the PPA Board of Directors must be approved by the PPA membership in order to serve.
"Patrick is one of the poker community's staunchest champions, donating his time and legal expertise to help PPA members navigate the often murky waters regarding poker's legal status," said former Senator Alfonse D'Amato, chairman of the PPA. "I am so pleased that he will be joining the board of directors as we work together to guide the organization's efforts to provide a safe, regulated environment for poker players in the U.S."
Dismayed at the government's effort to restrict his right to play online poker by passing the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), Fleming joined the PPA and began leveraging his legal expertise to post about legal challenges on various poker forums.
"Without Patrick's guidance and expertise, the PPA would not be nearly as well positioned from a legal perspective to provide support and testimony in the legal cases impacting poker across the nation. Just as importantly, our members would not have the Litigation Support Network, which is an invaluable resource to protect players as they enjoy a game of Texas Hold ‘Em at home, online or at a charity event," said John Pappas, executive director of the PPA.