3/31/10 – The Poker Players Alliance, a trade association representing over a million US poker players, will be hosting the next Ante Up for Africa charity tournament, which is to take place at the Hyatt Regency in Washington, D.C. on April 14th.
The fundraiser will be attended by charity co-founder and poker pro Annie Duke, who has raised significant finances and an awareness of the tragic camp conditions in Darfur since becoming involved in 2006.
Another luminary in attendance will be the Democrat Senator from New Jersey, Robert Menendez, who introduced S1597 the Internet Poker and Game of Skill Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act last August in an attempt to licence and regulate online games of skill, including poker, in the United States. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Finance, but has languished since.
Other Capitol Hill politicians in attendance will include New Jersey Democrat and legislator Donald Payne and fellow Democrat from Washington state Jim McDermott, who is currently steering HR 4976, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act though the Congressional minefields.
Duke will have some impressive poker pro support at the tournament in the form of Full Tilt Poker pro and former MIT Blackjack Team member Andy Bloch; Howard ‘The Professor' Lederer; former WSOP Main Event champion Greg Raymer, and respected poker author Jim McManus.
Buy-ins are $500, and the winner gets a WSOP Main Event seat worth $10 000. Registration and full details on the PPA website.