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The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), has declared July 19 through the 25, 2009, National Poker Week. National Poker Week will rally the PPA’s vast membership nationwide to send the message to lawmakers that their constituents support poker and legislation to regulate and license the game played by more than 10 million Americans online.

“Our members – the poker players of America – are our best advocates to protect the future of poker,” PPA Chairman and Former Senator Alfonse D’Amato said.

Over 30 of PPA’s State Directors and half a dozen professional poker players will travel to Washington, D.C., during National Poker Week to meet with their members of Congress and ask them to support legislation establishing licensing and regulation of online poker, such as H.R. 2267 introduced by House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA).

They will also deliver a petition to President Obama asking his support to exempt poker from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), and for the licensing and regulation of online poker.  Thus far, the petition has gathered over 346,000 signatures.