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Who says online poker is bad for your health?

The Poker Player’s Alliance [PPA ] has been all over the place as of late – in an attempt to prove that having a little online gambling problem can prove useful for the rest of the country.

The PPA recently presented a check for $25,000 to the USO of Metropolitan Washington and raised an additional $10,000 through a charity poker tournament held Tuesday night at the Regency Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

According to their release, the funds will support USO-Metro’s programs and services for wounded warriors and their families receiving treatment at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Naval Medical Center and area Warrior Transition Units.  [definitely a worthy cause]

As for the poker tournament participants:  [many included Members of Congress]

Annie Duke, Andy Bloch, Jan Fisher, Linda Johnson, Greg Raymer, Howard Lederer and Dennis Phillips. Several members of Congress including Xavier Becerra (CA), Shelley Berkley (NV), Martin Heinrich (NM), Pete King (NY), Ed Perlmutter (CO), Tom Perriello (VA) and Lynn A. Westmoreland (GA).

Pete King was disappointed to learn that he was not the big winner of the night – that honor went to Army SGT Bret Chevalier.