Greg Raymer Rejoins Poker Players Alliance

5 years ago
Two-year absence following 2013 arrest
24 May

The Poker Players Alliance has announced that Greg 'Fossilman' Raymer has rejoined the PPA board of directors and will assist the organization in its effort to spread online poker regulation throughout the U.S.

The champ of the 2004 WSOP Main Event, Raymer toiled for the PPA previously before an arrest for soliciting a prostitute in March 2013 led the Fossilman to request a leave of absence. The incident occurred in Wake Forest, North Carolina. The charges were eventually dismissed, reportedly after Raymer completed a stint of community service.

"Greg has been a tremendous advocate for the game and for the right to play it in all its forms for over a decade," stated PPA's VP of player relations Rich Muny in his weekly update. "Please join us in welcoming Greg back to the board."

Raymer obtained a law degree in 1992 from the University of Minnesota Law School after earning a masters degree in biochemistry from the same university three years earlier. He practiced patent law for more than a decade, with a portion of that time spent at the Pfizer pharmaceutical company.

Known as Fossilman for using a fossil to protect his hole cards and his penchant for collecting the relics, Raymer had live tournament earnings of about $130,000 before taking down $5 million in the 2004 WSOP ME. He has since added a couple million more to his career winnings that now total over $7.5 million, according to the Hendon Mob.

Among the highlights of Raymer's poker career was winning four Heartland Poker Tour Main Events over a four-month period in 2012. Fossilman is currently in 3rd place on the HPT career earnings list with $405,936. He is 61st on the all-time money list worldwide.

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