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Greg Raymer Requests, Given Leave of Absence from PPA Board[ return to main articles page ]

By: Dan Cypra    [See all articles by Dan Cypra]
Published on Mar 21st, 2013
PocketFives can exclusively report that 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Greg Raymer, who was picked up on prostitution-related charges in Wake Forest, North Carolina last week, has been given a formal leave of absence from the Board of Directors of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA). He is no longer listed on the PPA's website as being a member of the Board.

PPA Executive Director John Pappas told PocketFives on Wednesday, "Earlier today, members of the Board of Directors of the Poker Players Alliance had a conversation with Board member Greg Raymer. Mr. Raymer requested, and the rest of the PPA Board accepted, that he be given a formal leave of absence as member of the PPA Board." How long the leave will last, and whether Raymer will rejoin the Board in the future, are not known.

Raymer's arrest occurred last week as part of a sting by law enforcement officials at a Wake Forest hotel. Six men were arrested in total, including Raymer, whose attorney told us, "Mr. Raymer is very sorry for this lapse in judgment. He regrets deeply the pain he has caused his family, friends, and fans. Mr. Raymer is grateful for the many expressions of support he has received."

The PPA then met to discuss Raymer's position and ultimately came to the decision to grant him a leave of absence. Pappas continued, "The recent and unfortunate news regarding Greg has led him to decide that it is best for the PPA that he step away from his position on the Board while he deals with his legal and personal issues. The Board agrees with this decision and views it to be in the best interest of the organization. We are at a critical juncture in the fight for poker rights and we have to make sure side issues do not obscure focus from the main issue."

Pappas concluded by telling PocketFives, "Effective today, Greg is no longer on the PPA Board of Directors. However, he is eligible for future reinstatement should the Board deem it to be in the interest of the organization. For many years, Greg has served in a distinguished manner on our Board and has been a stalwart advocate for the poker community. We thank Greg for his service and we wish his family and him the best as they deal with this personal situation."

Raymer has been a longtime supporter of poker players on Capitol Hill and has utilized his former career as a patent attorney to the community's benefit. His first hearing in North Carolina is set for April 18, and he was released on $1,000 bond. Others arrested along with Raymer included Kevin Scott Konarzewski, Barrett Lee Bennett, Christopher Burell Shella, Robert Hancock, and Gerald Barham.

Our original article reporting Raymer's arrest received 62 comments from PocketFivers, the most in recent months for any piece of content. The PPA has recently shifted its focus to the state-by-state legalization of online poker in the U.S. after attempts to regulate online poker on a Federal level have largely proved unsuccessful.

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Comments

  1. bad beat
  2. Hey Good luck Greg!!
    Your only heat is at the house, dont worry about anything else...

    (not supposed to go to thier house tho greg..gave em' all fkn day to test cameras and mics did ya?)
  3. poor guy was only trying to get laid
  4. hope he gets a root in his time off
  5. Best of wishes, Greg Raymer. We want you to be a spokesperson as soon as you are able.
  6. If this was Italy no one would bat an eyelid.A man wants sex? OMGZ shock horror! Fking ridic.
  7. I'm sure Raymer is embarrassed, but I hope he knows how many supporters he has.
    Edited By: Cabo Mar 22nd, 2013 at 03:06 AM
  8. Guy likes collecting bones.
     
  9. Unfortunately I think his current and future legal battles will forever be a distraction from poker player's rights. I wish him well and thank him for all his efforts in getting online poker legalized in the US.
  10. The reaction of the poker community says it all on this issue. We are showing ourselves to be a tolerant, forward thinking community of intellectuals as opposed to the brain-washed ignorance that continues to pollute the minds of most throughout this planet. Everyday that passes, i become more proud to call myself a poker player and a member of this community.
  11. A man wanting sex is one thing. He has a wife and kids. How can we trust anything he ever says again? His own wife doesent trust him. I just find it funny that everyone has a "who cares" additude. Think about how his wife feels right now. Also, when hes done with a hooker do you think he yells PRESTOOOOOOO.
  12.  
    Originally Posted by duffmancantread View Post

    A man wanting sex is one thing. He has a wife and kids. How can we trust anything he ever says again? His own wife doesent trust him. I just find it funny that everyone has a "who cares" additude. Think about how his wife feels right now. Also, when hes done with a hooker do you think he yells PRESTOOOOOOO.

    If the realtionship was proper, and worth having, then its cool with her...or he wouldnt be doing it
  13.  
    Originally Posted by duffmancantread View Post

    A man wanting sex is one thing. He has a wife and kids. How can we trust anything he ever says again? His own wife doesent trust him. I just find it funny that everyone has a "who cares" additude. Think about how his wife feels right now. Also, when hes done with a hooker do you think he yells PRESTOOOOOOO.

    GET OVER YOURSELF! wake up to real life!! his sexual relations/ needs should have no bearing on his voice in the poker world. Maybe they have a shitty relationship. Maybe his wife never blows him. what if she wasn’t his wife, and instead just a long term girlfriend, then is ok? or how about if he didn’t have any kids, can he pay a consenting adult for a hand job then? In a country where over half the marriages end in divorce, save your "what about the wife" speech.
     
  14. At some point you gotta sit back and say, thank god i aint to some really wierd shit...everyone would know..!!!
    Can you imagine if he was into getting cornholed by multiple radiator hoses or something? holy christ...lucky our guy is normal..
    I super dig fossilman, all around..Id love to chill with him and moneymaker at the same time..teach both of them how to do it and not get caught...lol, it would be the only subject they'd look to me for..lol...Id be talkin, they'd just be listening attentively, taking notes...
    Id loose it...im just a stoopid ass stoned fan...I know that..and so i spew....
  15. If raymer rly is unhappy with his wife... divorce and bone freely. What he did is very dishonest.
  16. Ahh the pitfalls of backpage
  17.  
    Originally Posted by duffmancantread View Post

    If raymer rly is unhappy with his wife... divorce and bone freely. What he did is very dishonest.

    Relationships are complicated and come in many different forms. The only two people should be judging what kind of relationship they have, should be him and his wife. It really should have no bearing on his professional life and I hope that this blows over quickly so he can get back to representing poker players. The humiliation that him and his family had to face was way overboard for what he did.
     
  18. How about P5's does not post an Article like this next time, aiding in his decision to resign from the PPA. Media is a powerful thing for better or worse. No matter how little it affected his decision it does add to the negative publicity he receives from this unimportant incident. We need more articulate people like Raymer to fight for poker in the US. We don't need to know he paid for sex. No one cares. You are hurting the poker community that you rely on and want to build up.
    Edited By: StrungOut1 Mar 23rd, 2013 at 11:17 PM
 
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