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Friday, April 6th, 2007

D’Amato to Face the Public in PPA Webcast

BY TOM SOMACH

Poker lobbying group the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) will put its new hire–Al D’Amato–on public display for the first time next week when it holds a Webcast featuring the former senator-turned-poker flack.

The PPA made the announcement on its website, www.pokerplayersalliance.org.

According to the announcement, former New York senator Al D’Amato, recently hired as chairman of the PPA, will appear in a live Webcast on the PPA website at 3 p.m. EST, Thursday, April 12, 2007.

D’Amato will address a worldwide Internet audience of PPA members and others about his efforts to keep online poker legal, as well as other subjects, and then answer submitted e-mail questions from the audience, the PPA said.

The PPA’s announcement about the Webcast reads:

“As the fight for poker continues, the PPA grows stronger by the day. In the past two months, PPA membership has more than doubled to nearly 320,000 members! This exciting growth is pushing us closer to our 1 million-member goal.

“As most of you know, it was recently announced that three-term U.S. senator Alfonse D’Amato has joined the PPA to serve as the chairman of the board. His decades of public service and deep understanding of the political process will be instrumental in our efforts to ensure that you can continue to enjoy the game of poker in the venue of your choosing.

“The PPA is providing a unique chance for you to hear from the senator and ask him questions about the future of poker. On Thursday, April 12 at 3 pm EST, the PPA will host an interactive Webcast. The senator will give you an update of the federal government issues facing poker today and what the PPA is doing to fight for your rights.

“You have the opportunity to send e-mail questions before and during the Webcast which the senator will answer live. Participation is easy and I encourage everyone to be part of this exciting discussion. If you would like to send a question ahead of time you can send to [email protected].”

The announcement is signed by PPA president Michael Bolcerek.

San Francisco-based PPA’s objective is to have Internet poker excepted from U.S. legislation that cracks down on all Internet gambling.

PPA says that poker is a game of skill, not luck or chance like other forms of online gambling, and therefore shouldn’t be legally treated the same as luck-based online roulette, craps or slots.

Poker is more in line with skilled competition like bridge, chess or even golf, and thus shouldn’t be considered gambling, the PPA argues.

(E-mail Tom Somach at [email protected].)

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