US Senator Al D’Amato’s Poker Face

11/21/2011
By Tommie ClarkGoogle


Former U.S. Senator Al D’Amato is currently serving as a chairman of the Poker Players Alliance.  The mix of these two résumé items makes D’Amato the perfect person to address congress on the issues of online gambling and legislation.

 

D’Amato recently addressed congress about the current state of online gambling legislation and his ideas for improving upon them.

 

The former senator expressed his contentment that the congressional committee had taken into consideration steps to protect players, but added his discontent about government action to restrict the personal freedoms of poker players. 

 

One of D’Amato’s main points was the clarification of congressional legislature on the subject of online gambling.  He criticized the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 for being vague and not properly defining what constitutes “unlawful internet gambling.”

 

As a poker player himself, D’Amato was able to express the frustrations of poker players and affiliates over the closure of Full Tilt Poker and other sites after Americans have been enjoying online poker games for about ten years. 

 

He further referenced the over 80,000 e-mails sent to members of congress by American poker players requesting that the government develop of system of licensing and regulation for an American online poker industry.

 

Finally, D’Amato made the argument that a regulated industry would provide both a safe playing environment and thousands of jobs for Americans.  Additionally, the federal and state coffers are more in need of tax revenue than ever – an incentive that could very well be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

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