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The Poker Players Alliance, an advocacy group for poker enthusiasts, is on the hunt for some good legal minds with an affinity for five-card draw. The group has just started a litigation support network to help its nearly 1 million members parse through gambling regulations and to provide attorney referrals to members with poker-related legal troubles. Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-N.Y.), who is the chairman of the alliance, says it’s important for players to have a network they can turn to with questions about the law. “This is a great American pastime which has been unfairly singled out by various groups that say it’s a scourge. Well it’s not a scourge. It’s a game of skill,” he says. D’Amato’s poker game of choice? High Low. Patrick Fleming, a poker player and solo practitioner in New Hampshire, heads up the fledgling litigation support network and hopes to sign up attorneys in all 50 states to provide advice and representation. “There’s a lot of similarity between poker and litigation,” says Fleming, who prefers Texas Hold �Em. “Poker is a game of trying to outsmart your opponent using limited information, and that describes most of my trials.” Indeed, two high-powered D.C. litigators and avid poker players, Thomas Goldstein of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, and Kenneth Adams of Dickstein Shapiro, represented the alliance and a professional poker player in a tax case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit.
Attila Berry can be contacted at [email protected].

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