Howard Stern Joins the Poker Players Alliance

November 13, 2009 |

To some, he’s a crude and outlandish character. To others, he’s a hero of free speech. To the Poker Players Alliance, he’s now one of their own.

The PPA announced yesterday that the popular and controversial radio host Howard Stern was joining its organization in support of the regulation of online poker.

“With Howard Stern as a member of the PPA, it shows Congress and the public that protecting Internet poker is about more than just poker — it’s about protecting Internet freedom and personal responsibility,” said Alfonse D’Amato, PPA chairman and the former senator of New York.

Stern has never been one to shy away from touchy issues, and has used his radio platform over the years to let his audience know what’s on his mind. As recently as 2006, he was named one of 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine and the seventh most powerful celebrity by Forbes.

D’Amato appeared on Stern’s radio show earlier this week to discuss the PPA’s cause and to promote National Poker Week, the inaugural week of activities aimed at increasing awareness of the issues regarding online poker to legislators on Capitol Hill.

“I can’t think of a more fitting way to kick off National Poker Week than having my friend Howard Stern become a member of the PPA,” said D’Amato. “I thank him for having me on his show this morning and for supporting the PPA’s efforts to protect the freedom of American citizens to play the great game of poker at the time and place of their choosing — a freedom Congress voted to take away.”

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