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Poker group responds to Kentucky governor's stance

2 November 2007

UNION, Kentucky -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Governor Ernie Fletcher's election-year decision to oppose a statewide referendum on the issue of casino gaming in the commonwealth has drawn the ire of the state's poker players, as Fletcher's position includes opposition to poker rooms.

In September, the Kentucky State Chapter of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) announced it was mounting a statewide grassroots advocacy campaign in support of poker in Kentucky. Since then, over one thousand pro-poker letters and phone calls from concerned poker players have flooded the offices of Fletcher and state representatives.

When asked for a comment on the success of the PPA effort, PPA Kentucky State Director Rich Muny today stated that PPA's efforts in the state exceeded all expectations, and he warned that Kentucky PPA members will take their pro- poker sentiments to the polls next Tuesday. Muny stated, "Governor Fletcher is running not on his achievements of the past four years, but on a campaign of distraction. In the process, Fletcher has demonized the good folks who enjoy the game of poker. Indiana has card rooms built right on Kentucky's borders, as do other states. Kentucky deserves to keep this revenue in our own state for the benefit of our own citizens. Additionally, our citizens deserve the freedom to choose to play a hand of poker."

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