Headlines: D’Amato Never Folds (New York Times, 03/05/07)


D’Amato Never Folds (New York Times, 03/05/07)

“For years, Alfonse M. D’Amato, the former Republican senator from New York, was the host at a Thursday evening poker game at his Capitol Hill office, playing with other lawmakers, staff members and lobbyists late into the night over pots that ranged from a few dollars to a few hundred.

Once New Yorkers collectively informed Mr. D’Amato that it was time to find a new line of work, he graduated to a higher-stakes game, playing with Howard Stern, among others. He is now a stalwart of a weekly game on Long Island where a bad night might mean that a player drops $5,000 or more.

As Mr. D’Amato tells it, and as his card-playing cronies confirm, he rarely leaves a game a loser. Yet it is a safe bet that his love of poker never proved so lucrative as it did last week, when he signed a lobbying deal with the Poker Players Alliance, a nascent group that hopes that Mr. D’Amato will help them become players in Washington politics, too…”

Interactive Feature: Al D’Amato’s Poker Politics


2 responses to “Headlines: D’Amato Never Folds (New York Times, 03/05/07)

  1. If anyone thinks that this deal is wasting time and money, either you are a casual poker player who doesn’t give a damn about online poker or you are stright up ignorant. Instead of helping PPA to change the UIGEA (like donation), you are wasting your precious time on poker. So do me a favor…just go and play Hide-and-Seek with your kids. This event is for mature adults only!!!

  2. William W. Grey

    It great to learn that ex-Senator D’Amato is on board with us. I believe his influence and know how will take PPA a long way. I am somewhat disturbed that our membership is only approximately 160,000, when we all are aware there are millions of players in this country. To tell how strong I feel about PPA, If I were a millionaire (which I’m not) I’d pay everyone fee to join. Come on people it’s time to stand up and be counted.

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