December 6, 2008 (InfoPowa News) — The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), an organization dedicated to the political
protection of the rights of Americans to play poker online, named
Dianna Donofrio as its Nevada State Director this week.
“The PPA is fortunate to have over one million dedicated members, and
even more fortunate that Dianna is one of them,” said former New York
Senator Alfonse D’Amato, the Chairman of the PPA. “As Nevada’s PPA
State Director, Dianna will help strengthen the PPA’s efforts both
nationally and at the state level. We are proud to have her as part of
the PPA team.”
Donofrio was chosen to be the Nevada State Director of PPA operations
from more than 1,000 applicants who wanted to assume the position. She is
eminently qualified for the position due to her 25-year career in the
gaming industry. Starting with her work at the Bicycle Club in Los
Angeles, Donofrio made her name as Special Projects Manager for what
would become one of the preeminent tournament stops in America, the
Legends of Poker.
After a stint as the Satellite Tournament Director at the Commerce
Casino, Donofrio made the move to Las Vegas. She took over the same
position at the Four Queens for the Four Queens Classic, which led her
to work for over a decade in many of the casinos in the gambling mecca.
Her crowning moment, though, was working her way through the ranks to a
prominent position with the World Series of Poker.
She worked for Jack McClelland as Satellite Director when the WSOP was
still held at Binion’s. In 2005, she moved over to the Rio to manage
satellites before changing positions the next year to become the Payout
Manager. She left the WSOP, but has been organizing and directing some
of the best charity events around, including Jennifer Harman’s
tournament to benefit the SPCA and Montel Williams’ MS Poker Gala in
New York City, where she was Lead Tournament Coordinator.
As the Nevada State Director for the PPA, Donofrio will be responsible
for the organization’s eyes and ears in Nevada, to alert the PPA on
local news stories or legislation, as well as quickly mobilize her
fellow local PPA members to attend poker-related events or rallies. She
will also be tasked with recruiting individuals to join the PPA,
contacting their elected officials, and serving as a spokesperson for
local media. In the future, the PPA plans to help State Directors set
up state PPA committees to strengthen the organization’s grassroots