Besides poker ambassador Daniel Negreanu and his campaign for online poker regulation in the state of California, the final nine players at the WSOP Main Event final are also fighting for online poker regulations across multiple states in the US. These lucky nine are:
- Joseph McKeehen: North Wales, Pennsylvania - 63 million chips
- Zvi Stern: Israel - 29 million chips
- Neil Blumenfield: San Francisco, California - 22 million chips
- Pierre Neuville: Belgium - 21 million chips
- Max Steinber: Oakland, California - 20 million chips
- Thomas Cannuli: Erma, New Jersey - 12 million chips
- Josh Beckley: Marlton, New Jersey - 11 million chips
- Patrick Chan: Brooklyn, New York - 6 million chips
- Federico Butteroni: Italy - 6 million chips
Notice that the leader Joseph McKeehen is from Pennsylvania, a state which is on the verge of legalizing online poker and one of the biggest destinations for poker players on the East Coast.
Given that the majority of the poker spotlight is aimed directly at them for the next four months, the US-based part of the group can influence opinions and drive actions regarding online poker legislation. They can achieve this through interview with different major media outlets, talking to advocacy groups who are interested in their cause and even social media.
Up until now, the discussion regarding the regulation of online poker has mainly been dominated by politicians and commercial stakeholders. Maybe now the voice of the player will finally be hard and take its rightful place in this conversation.