PPA to host conference in D.C.

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Former Senator Alfonse D'Amato issued an invitation this week for poker fans to head to Washington D.C. next month for a policy conference and lobbying initiative to promote poker in Congress.

"As you know, legislation passed during the last Congress threatens our pastime, our passion and for many of us, our livelihood," D'Amato says in his invitation.

"Momentum is building, and we need you to join a select group of players to tell members of Congress that poker is not a crime. The Congress must pass legislation that protects our ability to play poker online, at tournaments and at private games. And your participation is a key part of sending this message."

The policy conference will take place Oct. 22-24 in Washington D.C. It will give people a chance to meet with members of Congress to talk about poker players' rights as well as to mingle with many of the top poker players from across the United States.

The Poker Players Alliance will also help attendees set up meetings with their members of Congress. The group will work with them to help make sure they get the message across to their congressmen and -women that poker is a game of skill and that reasonable regulation is the best policy approach to Internet gaming.

"Members of Congress need to hear from their constituents. Without you, the poker prohibitionists will continue to make the rules," D'Amato said. "With you, we can protect games of skill from unfair government interference."

The conference will be taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, about 15 minutes from the U.S. Capitol. The PPA has a discount rate at the hotel for people planning to attend the conference.

Those interested in attending can send their name to wash-fly-in@pokerplayersalliance.org to receive a registration form and more information about reserving a hotel room at the PPA discounted rates.

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