Ethics Code Released by WPA
With all the scandals in sports today, it is very interesting that the WPA chose to release a code of ethics at this time. It is designed to create the baseline standards for poker tournaments. In order to be admitted to the WPA – as well as to remain – one has to adhere to the code. It has five sections, in which acceptable behavior and such are outlined.
In order to join or remain in good standing with the WPA, existing and prospective poker players must sign a pledge, which reads:
As a condition of admission and continued membership in the World Poker Association (WPA), I pledge to support and uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct in all aspects of poker competition and tournament activities, and hereby agree to comply with the WPA Code of Ethics as developed and periodically updated by the WPA and posted on its official website, www.wpapoker.org.
To give you an idea of what the Code contains, here are the five sections:
• General Provisions
• Relationships Among Players
• Relationships Between Players and Dealers
• Player-Management Relationships
• External Relationships
It seems to me that the Code has pretty much everything covered – from personal to professional conduct. At this point, without having read the code in its totality, I totally agree with the concept. However, with what has been happening in various sports lately, I can’t help but wonder if Codes can do the trick. Are pledges enough or do we need something else?