Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Hello Everyone,
We are obviously entering a very important time as far as the future prospects, on various levels, of the game we love. With the local "busts" of private games, and the passing of the online gaming legislation, we must act! The very unpopular Internet Gambling Prohibition Act was sneaked through by attaching it, on the final day, to a popular Port Security Bill...it would never have passed on its own merit! Hopefully you have read the home page of this site..it has links to all stories related to this debacle.
So what can we do? It is more crucial than ever we all take some kind of action! You can start by e-mailing or writing to your local, state and federal representatives....contact info is readily available through the internet. Please stay away from legalization of "gambling" remarks...always use "poker" instead. That is what we want anyway! But the fact we use "gambling" just adds ammo to the uninitiated who have no idea of the fundamental differences of our game and house games like blackjack, roulette etc. So, write and write, and don't let them off the hook with generic "we oppose any escalation in gambling" replies. Post any replies you receive right here....we need to know all of their opinions. Furthermore, make a statement at the ballot box! Obviously, everyone should vote regardless but now it's more important than ever!
Join national organizations like the Poker Player's Alliance http://www.pokerplayersalliance.org/ and local ones like the APA. United, we have a much better chance of forwarding our goals and standing up to the powerful organizations looking to crush our game. Most of the organizations i have joined have a nominal membership fee but the benefits are worth much, much more.
Finally, as in most things in life, APATHY sucks!!! Apathy is exactly what our doubters are hoping for! Many of us post our views on forums like this one, which is great, but now those views must be heard elsewhere as well. So please, do everything you can to help save our game. However little it may seem, if we all do it, it will have a major effect. Do what you can but please DO SOMETHING!!!

Jonah Bowers Wins Jake Collins Benefit!!

Congrats to Jonah Bowers! Jonah best's a large field to win Sunday's Jake Collins benefit tournament and takes home a cruise and airfare package. This comes only a few weeks after he won the Houston Open! Jonah is certainly on a roll.....pics and more details to follow.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Online gambling to become part of defense bill?

This an absolute disgrace!! How low will they go to try and stop our game? This is disrespectful to our troops and one of the most ridiculous things i have ever heard of!! I urge all of you to contact your representatives and speak out LOUDLY!


Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wasilla High Graduate Seriously Injured - Poker Benefit Planned

Jake Collins, a Wasilla High graduate, was seriously injured during a recent hunting trip. He is currently at Providence and is facing a long and difficult rehabilitation. When i was told the circumstances of the accident i was astonished that he actually survived! Originally in a coma, Jake has been taking big strides forward and we hope he can make a full recovery. Many of our Mat-su players will recognize him as a regular at both the GrandView and Best Western tourneys. You can look in on Jake's progress at http://howisjake.blogspot.com/

The APA has been approached by a group of coaches and teachers from Wasilla and Palmer, along with Wasilla High team doctor Dan Larson, to put on a poker benefit for Jake. Of course, we have agreed, and we have a provisional date of Oct 1st at the Best Western Lake Lucille in Wasilla. We will put on a poker tournament for up to 200 people. The event will be completely free to participate in but Jake's connections and the APA are hopeful everyone who plays will make a $100 donation. Tickets will be very limited as many members of the valley community have already pledged their participation even though many of them don't even play poker!! We will try to accommodate as many APA members as possible, please e-mail us with your name and APA number if interested.


Tuesday, September 12, 2006

First APA Online Poker Tourney This Sunday!!

The very first Alaska Poker Association online poker tournament is registering now! The tournament takes place this Sunday at 2pm on Full Tilt Poker. The tourney will be the first of a weekly series of tournaments.....every Sunday at the same time. This week's entry is $5 + 50 cents and all subsequent tourneys will be $10 + $1. All monies will be paid out and the APA has added an extra $25 to the tourney pool. Furthermore, APA points will be given on the same basis as our regular tournaments and will apply to the region you are located in.

If you are interested in playing, please e-me at info@AlaskaPokerAssociation.com I will e-mail you an invitation to join Full Tilt. Once you have signed up, e-me your name and Full Tilt user name and i will e-mail you back with instructions how to find the tourney and the password you need to register. Any questions you may have about these tourneys please feel free to contact me. This is going to be a lot of fun and hope we get a lot of members joining us!! Melissa or myself will be playing under the APA account user i.d. AlaskaPokerTeam and this week there's a bounty on our heads...anyone busting us will recieve a really nice Full Tilt hoodie!! Good Luck!!

Friday, September 08, 2006

Our Elected Official's Stance on Poker

Thought it would be a good idea to find out where our elected officials and upcoming candidates stand when it comes to poker. I urge you all to write to them and then post here when you get a response. I will go down the list and send them e-mails as well...all responses will be logged here!!! If there is someone in particular you would like to hear from, please let me know. Please get involved!!

I have put the letter i'm sending out in the comments. You will notice i stay away from the "your view on gambling" approach. As we as poker players know, the gambling/luck factor of our game is heavily outweighed by the skill involved. Furthermore, when use the "G" word it often conjures up images completely unrelated to our game. Plus it would be very easy for the recipients to come back with the......"i don't support any escalation in gambling in Alaska" cop out, when in fact, we are not talking about that at all!!! Once the uninitiated realize that poker is a complex, highly skilled game we will be much better off!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Full Tilt Poker & APA Join Forces for Online Events

I'm happy to report we have come to an agreement with Full Tilt Poker to hold APA-member exclusive online tournaments.

Members who sign up for a full tilt poker account under APA will be eligible to play. We will start them in approx. 3 weeks which will give you all plenty of time to get set up. APA points will be awarded under our normal criteria based on number of entrants for the final few months of the season. However, next year we will actually have an "online" region to go along with our brick & mortar locations. We will use feedback from you, the members, before we finalize all our plans...please let us know your thoughts!

We have options on what $$ buy-in tourneys we can set-up. The response from members i talked to at this week's Wasilla tourney seemed to agree $10 + $1 once a week would be acceptable to our members...once again, let us know what you think. Furthermore, APA will add monies to the prize pool to give you even more value...The APA will receive absolutely no money from the tournaments, 100% of any buy-ins will go to our weekly winners!

To get started please e-mail us at info@alaskapokerassociation.com for an invitation. Please use an e-mail that has never had a Full Tilt account. To play, players MUST be APA members and MUST sign up through our invitation. As always if you need help in getting started or have any questions at all just let us know.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Is it just Poker Players who think this is ridiculous??

Authorities putting a lot of time and money suppressing social poker games and charity fundraisers....is it it just poker players who see this as ridiculous and a huge waste of resources??

Thanks to Beth Bragg of the Anchorage Daily News. I think she sums it up here very well!!