Media: CardPlayer Interview With Newest PPA Member Al D’Amato

This Is a Sneak Peak at Card Player’s Next Cover Story

The following is roughly the first half of a cover story by Allyn Jaffrey Shulman, Card Player’s legal expert, with the newest member of the Poker Players Alliance, former New York Senator Al D’Amato. The entire interview will appear in the next issue of Card Player Magazine, which is due out later this month. Shulman sits on PPA’s board and was granted the first official interview with D’Amato after he took the position.

Please click here to view Shulman’s article on D’Amato that ran on the site Monday.

Allyn Jaffrey Shulman: Welcome to the PPA. We’re very excited to have you sit as chairman of the PPA board. Congratulations on your unanimous appointment. Senator, when did you first hear about the PPA?


Alfonse D’Amato: In October. I heard about the PPA from Wayne Berman, a friend of mine who was my partner at one time, and who was also in our regular Thursday night game, every other week. He mentioned to me that the PPA existed.

I thought that the legislation being proposed was using a cannon to kill a gnat. What really needs to happen is to have a legitimate house, a fair game, and a fair operator, and not take away from 20-plus-million citizens who play poker the opportunity to play poker on the Internet. Why should they be deprived of Internet play and …(Interruption: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is on the phone …)

AJS: I understand that you have two different roles in the PPA. Besides being chairman of the board, what is your other role?

AD: Well, after serving in Congress for 18 years, in 1999, I began Park Strategies LLC. My role in the PPA includes myself and my firm. We will be lobbying to reform the UIGEA. Although the Act was well-intentioned, it will fail to achieve its goals. We all want to protect kids; we don’t want money laundering, and we don’t want our citizens cheated. But, we don’t want to waste our resources, either

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