Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/17/07)

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articles:

EU, U.S. strike compensation deal in gambling row (Reuters, 12/17/07)


EU and US reach deal on online gambling (Financial Times, 12/17/07)

WTO Online-Gambling Edict Prompts U.S. Resistance (Bloomberg, 12/17/07)

Internet gambling rule livable; more time needed (NAFCU, 12/17/07)

Poker halls hit Milford, Brookline; Nashua says hold ‘em (Nashua Telegraph, 12/16/07)

Bill would ban military slot machines (CNN, 12/15/07)

Beshear would limit licenses for casinos  (Courier-Journal, 12/15/07)

Legislators not sold on casino plan (Boston Globe, 12/15/07)

House cancels legislative session on gambling, transit (Chicago Business, 12/14/07)

media:
Gambling and the military (CNN, 12/15/07)

blog:
Guest Post: Lawsuit challenges online gambling ban in Washington state (Online Liability Blog, 12/14/07)

excerpts:
EU, U.S. strike compensation deal in gambling row (Reuters, 12/17/07)
“The European Commission dealt a blow to European online gaming companies on Monday when it accepted a U.S. offer of openings in other sectors to compensate for closing the U.S. gambling market to foreign firms. European companies such as PartyGaming and bwin Interactive Entertainment had hoped the European Union executive might shun a settlement and fight on instead to restore their ability to operate in the world’s biggest market.”

EU and US reach deal on online gambling (Financial Times, 12/17/07)
Clive Hawkswood, of the Remote Gambling Association, said he was “disappointed but not surprised” at the EU settlement. The sector’s best hope was for the EU to take its claim against the US to arbitration, given the number of European-based online gambling companies affected by the US clampdown. “Our goal became to try to keep the pressure on the US. The case has raised the profile of the industry in the US, it has brought the issue to a wider constituency than those people morally opposed to gambling in general,” Mr Hawkswood said.

WTO Online-Gambling Edict Prompts U.S. Resistance (Bloomberg, 12/17/07)
“The U.S. refusal to comply with a World Trade Organization decision on online gambling is threatening to undermine the entire set of rules binding the international trade system. The WTO is to decide soon on a demand from the tropical nation of Antigua and Barbuda for $3.4 billion in annual compensation from the U.S., whose law banning Americans from wagering on Internet gaming sites was first ruled illegal by the WTO in 2004.”

Internet gambling rule livable; more time needed (NAFCU, 12/17/07)
“NAFCU last week told Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board that their approach to implementing last year’s Internet gambling law is reasonable given the law’s challenging mandate, but it said credit unions need more time to comply. The rule sets requirements for adhering to a federal law barring gambling businesses from accepting payments in connection with unlawful Internet gambling, including payments by credit card, electronic funds transfer or check.”

Poker halls hit Milford, Brookline; Nashua says hold ‘em (Nashua Telegraph, 12/16/07)
“In a few short months, pitches to establish charitable poker halls in Brookline and Milford went from documents in front of planning board members to hole cards in front of players. But at the same time, the company behind the Milford and Brookline halls, New Hampshire Charitable Gaming, is in the midst of a years-long struggle to bring poker to Nashua. There were only a handful of people sitting around felt-topped tables playing for small stakes in Brookline on Tuesday, but it was the start of charitable poker games at Big Bear Lodge. And organizers hoped for bigger crowds this weekend.”

Bill would ban military slot machines (CNN, 12/15/07)
“A bill in Congress seeks to eliminate military slot machines overseas that take in $130 million a year, mostly from soldiers. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Tennessee, named the bill after Army Warrant Officer Aaron Walsh, a decorated Apache helicopter pilot who became addicted to gambling on military slot machines. Walsh eventually was discharged from the Army. He committed suicide after several failed attempts to break his addiction.”

Beshear would limit licenses for casinos  (Courier-Journal, 12/15/07)
“Gov. Steve Beshear said yesterday that a constitutional amendment to allow expanded gambling in Kentucky should specify the number of casino licenses that would be authorized. Beshear’s comments were his first on the gambling issue, which he made a centerpiece of his campaign, since taking office Tuesday. Speaking to about 150 people at a Kentucky Chamber of Commerce luncheon, the governor said a constitutional limit on the number of casinos would ease fears that gambling operations would spring up in communities all across the state.”

Legislators not sold on casino plan (Boston Globe, 12/15/07)
“Governor Deval Patrick declared recently in a television interview that if state legislators were given the chance to vote now, his casino bill would pass. But an informal Globe poll of all 19 members of the legislative committee that will consider Patrick’s proposal showed that it would probably get a negative vote that could prove difficult to overcome.”

House cancels legislative session on gambling, transit (Chicago Business, 12/14/07)
“Legislative feuding claimed another casualty Friday as House Speaker Michael Madigan canceled a session planned for next week on gambling expansion and blamed other leaders and the governor for more delays. Blagojevich responded by saying he intended to call lawmakers back to work next week anyway. Madigan earlier this week announced the House would return Monday to consider his massive gambling expansion proposal to fund statewide construction projects, along with aid for mass transit systems in and around Chicago.”

media:
Gambling and the military (CNN, 12/15/07)
“After the suicide of a gambling-addicted soldier, a new bill seeks to eliminate slot machines from bases overseas.”

blog:

Guest Post: Lawsuit challenges online gambling ban in Washington state (Online Liability Blog, 12/14/07)
“On the first day of the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event, Lee Rousso, a resident of King County, State of Washington, filed a lawsuit in the King County Circuit Court asking that that State’s law barring internet gambling be declared unconstitutional. The law was passed in 2006, and became effective in June of that year. According to the complaint filed in the suit, Rousso, from June, 2003 to June, 2007, regularly logged on to pokerstars.com, described as the “world’s leading internet poker site,” and played poker against other Pokerstar customers.”

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