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The PPA Will Host Poker Tournament at Democratic Convention

Written by:
Ace King
Published on:
Aug/17/2008

The powerful million member strong Poker Players Alliance (PPA) will be hosting a Ben Affleck charity poker tournament during the Democratic Convention according to the website 4Flush.com. Whether Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama stops by to play a few hands remains to be seen. He is a known poker player.

Since proceeds from the tournament will be going to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, the Poker Lobby can foot the bill for the event, according to 4Flush.

Members of the PPA, around 200 professional poker players, lawmakers, aides and delegates participating in the tournament. It was not clear if PPA Chairman, Alfonse D'Amato, would be participating.

Poker - and online poker in particular - has come under scrutiny by Congress since the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act in October 2006. A bill to ban most forms of online gambling, including poker, was attached to an unrelated port security act that passed almost unanimously.

And while online poker's not-so-distant cousin - sports betting - has fared the worst from political backlashes, poker itself has been adversely affected. Publicly traded firms fled the US market shortly after passage of the UIGEA. Likewise, payment solutions serving both sports betting and online poker have been among the most heavily targeted entities by US law enforcement.

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