PPA launches Litigation Support Network

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The Poker Players Alliance launched a new service this week that will provide basic, initial legal advice as well as refer members to attorneys who have expressed interest in helping with poker-related legal issues.

Each week there seems to be another poker raid making the news as police target games in homes, taverns and even charity events. Now the players being targeted have the Litigation Support Network to get advice and help from.

"As both the popularity of poker and the membership of PPA continue to grow, the Litigation Support Network is an opportunity to provide even more value to our members," said PPA Chairman Former Senator Alfonse D'Amato.

"With the myriad local, state and federal laws impacting poker, the Litigation Support Network is an important service that our members can and should use, and I encourage attorneys who want to defend poker players and this great American game of skill to join this effort."

The Litigation Support Network set up by the PPA provides its members with a free legal resource if they have questions as they organize a charity poker tournament, start a poker league or get arrested.

PPA members can contact the Litigation Support Network via the PPA Web site and obtain free preliminary legal advice over the phone. The organization can also provide a list of attorneys in the member's area who are willing to take their kind of case and provide more advice.

Additionally, the network of attorneys will be tapped to help prepare the PPA in the event the organization needs to litigate that poker is a game of skill, not a game of chance.

Patrick Fleming, an attorney and also the PPA state director for New Hampshire, is spearheading the Litigation Support Network.

"The patchwork of state and local laws relating to poker is leaving PPA members confused about what is legal and what is illegal," Fleming said.

"In our ongoing efforts to protect the rights of Americans to play poker, the establishment of the Litigation Support Network will provide members with an added level of security as they enjoy the game in their homes, at their local pub or as a way to help a local charity. I am honored to be leading this important effort on behalf of the PPA."

The Poker Players Alliance is a nonprofit membership organization with more than 900,000 online and offline poker players and enthusiast members from around the United States. They have joined together to promote the game of poker and ensure its integrity, and to protect poker players' rights.

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