Lederer And Ferguson Resign From PPA BoardMay 17, 2011 7:36 am
It has been announced that Team Full Tilt members Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and Howard “The Professor” Lederer have now resigned their positions on the board of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA).
Both men joined the million member strong lobby group back in 2006, with Lederer stating at the time:
“Poker is under attack by Congress, and I believe that all poker players should join the PPA and tell Capitol Hill that we do not want the Federal government to ban an American tradition that we love.”
However, events have moved on dramatically since then following the indictments of the three biggest online poker sites operating in the US, including Full Tilt Poker.
Therefore, it is the association of Lederer and Ferguson with Full Tilt that is believed to be the reason for their sudden stepping down from the board; Chris Ferguson has been involved with Full Tilt from the beginning and even helped design the site, while Lederer acts as a consultant to Full Tilt’s parent company Pocket Kings.
Photos of both players have now been removed from the PPA website.
Following the announcement, members of the poker community have been voicing their opinions on the news via the TwoPlusTwo forum. It would seem most poker enthusiasts would agree the decision was a correct one by Lederer and Ferguson with ‘Bevo54’stating:
“About time. Having FTP owners on the board of the PPA was a conflict of interest from day 1.”
Explaining the Team Full Tilt members’ decision further, ‘areastm_19′ conjectured:
“Up until Black Friday their interests in a regulated and open US online poker market were fairly aligned with poker players’ interest and they had a lot of money to throw at the collective goal. Obviously, as this move signifies, our current interests may no longer be so closely aligned.”