Senator Alfonse D’Amato Takes Leadership Position with the Poker Players Alliance

March 5th, 2007

For Immediate Release

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                        Michael Bolcerek
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Poker Aficionado and former U.S. Senator to Lead Efforts to Protect One of America’s Pastimes

Washington D.C.(March 5, 2007) – The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), a grassroots organization of more than 160,000 poker enthusiasts, announced today that former United States Senator Alfonse D’Amato has joined the PPA to serve as Chairman of the Board and help lead efforts in Washington D.C. to protect the game of poker.

“I have had a passion for poker since my childhood, and for politics almost as long.  This new position will allow me to fuse these passions and help establish sensible policy that allows Americans to enjoy the great game of poker in the venue of their choosing,” said Alfonse D’Amato, the new Chairman of the Poker Players Alliance.

“We are thrilled to have Senator D’Amato take up our cause to promote and protect the game played by millions of Americans.  His enthusiasm, tenacity and political astuteness will bolster the influence of the PPA and help earn poker a much deserved exemption from the recent online gaming law,” said Michael Bolcerek, president of the PPA.  “For the past 18 months Linda Johnson, the First Lady of Poker, skillfully lead our organization as Chairwoman, today the First Senator of Poker will lead the charge.”

It is estimated that more than 23 million Americans enjoyed playing poker on the Internet in 2006.  Yet, the recent government crackdown on Internet gaming has swept poker into its net of prohibition and have made it increasingly difficult for poker players to enjoy this great form of entertainment on the Internet.  The Poker Players Alliance will be working with Congress to provide a skill game exemption for poker and pave the way for eventual regulation and taxation of the industry in the United States.

“Prohibitions don’t work, they only create unintended consequences.  The American people know this and we are going to make sure Congress knows it too,” said Senator D’Amato.  “We need common sense regulation of Internet poker. Prohibition will only drive the industry underground and strip away any protections for children and services for problem gamblers.”

The Poker Players Alliance was formed in 2005 to protect the right of poker players to enjoy the great American tradition of poker in the venue of their choice, and Linda Johnson was critical in the organization’s development.  “I would like to personally thank Linda Johnson for her service to the PPA as its first Chairwoman, and in her continued service as a board member as we take the organization to its next level,” stated Bolcerek.

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The Poker Players Alliance www.theppa.org  is a non-profit organization advocating on behalf of American poker players.

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