Interactive Gaming News – Q. & A. | Alfonse M. D'Amato (07/23/08)

July 24th, 2008


As the chairman of the Poker Players Alliance, former Senator Alfonse D’Amato, Republican of New York, has been outspoken about his distaste for the manner in which Congress has handled — or mishandled — legislation dealing with Internet gambling in the United States.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which Mr. D’Amato calls “preposterous,” kicked off a bevy of bills to counteract its effect. But none has had the success that the gambling enforcement act had in Congress in 2006.

He believes strongly in the legalization and regulation of online poker — and online gambling for that matter, because it is necessary for the protection of people who have a right to spend their money on whatever form of entertainment they see fit.

It’s been nearly two years since the act passed. Clearly, United States residents are going to continue gambling online, but Mr. D’Amato is concerned by the lack of regulatory security currently afforded to American I-gamers.

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