PPA is optimistic for positive developments on the regulatory front in 2017. Plus, the top Twitter accounts to follow in the next year. These stories and more are in the Hit and Run.

PPA Hopes for Productive 2017

Let’s face it – 2016 was another disappointing year for online poker regulation in the United States. Sure, Sheldon Adelson’s RAWA was held off yet again, but California and Pennsylvania both failed to get bills through their respective legislatures. Striking out in 2016 means the industry has now went three straight years without a new state officially opening up to online poker.

Despite the lack of progress over the last year, the Poker Players Alliance is among those optimistic for positive developments in 2017. Is this the year online poker regulation in the United States extends beyond Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware?

John Pappas, PPA Executive Director, has weighed in on the matter. He told Poker Update that the leading poker advocacy organization will continue to fight on the state and federal level. “In states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and New York, we will be on the offensive, seeking to push bills across the finish line. In a state like Massachusetts, our role will be educational, to get state lawmakers engaged and interested. At the federal level, we will once again be playing defense.”

At this point, Pennsylvania seems to be the best bet to get something done in 2017, but supporters are also hoping to see movement in other states. Perhaps a state not on the radar will surprise and welcome the additional tax dollars.

Quick Hitters

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