Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/21/07)

articles:
WTO Clears $21M in Sanctions Vs. US (Associated Press, 12/21/07)

Gambling companies urge EU probe U.S. prosecutions (Reuters, 12/20/07)

Internet Gambling: States want bet ban bill intact (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 12/20/07)

Wexler’s Poker & Skill Gaming Bill HR 2610 Gains New Co-Sponsor (CasinoGamblingWeb, 12/21/07)

Jeff Haney on how a tourney grew despite Web crackdown (Las Vegas Sun, 12/21/07 – NV)

It was in the cards: They’re in the chips (Boston Herald, 12/21/07 – MA)

press release:
WTO issues arbitration report on gambling dispute (WTO, 12/21/07)

The PocketFives Poker Legislation Forum Takes Shape (PocketFives, 12/20/07)

excerpts:
WTO Clears $21M in Sanctions Vs. US (Associated Press, 12/21/07)
“The United States faces a token $21 million in annual trade sanctions as a result of its online betting ban, the World Trade Organization said Friday in awarding Antigua and Barbuda the right to target U.S. services, copyrights and trademarks. The decision is a setback for the Caribbean island nation, which sought the right to impose $3.4 billion in retaliatory measures against U.S. commercial services and intellectual property.”

Gambling companies urge EU probe U.S. prosecutions (Reuters, 12/20/07)
“European online gambling companies on Thursday accused the U.S. Justice Department of violating World Trade Organization rules by singling out foreign online gambling companies for prosecution. “We have been left with no choice but to pursue all legal avenues available to challenge the U.S. Department of Justice for its discriminatory enforcement activities against European online gaming operators,” Clive Hawkswood, chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association (RGA), said in a statement.”

Internet Gambling: States want bet ban bill intact (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 12/20/07)
“Attorneys general from 43 states have come out against a bill to roll back a ban on Internet gambling. In a Nov. 30 letter to congressional leaders, the National Association of Attorneys General expressed “grave concerns” about a bill by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., that would repeal the 2006 ban and appoint the Department of Treasury to regulate online wagering in the United States. The attorneys general praised the ban, saying it has driven many illegal gambling operators from the American marketplace.”

Wexler’s Poker & Skill Gaming Bill HR 2610 Gains New Co-Sponsor (CasinoGamblingWeb, 12/21/07)
“Today marked another mile-stone in the effort to legalize certain Internet skill games at the federal level. Rep. Robert E. Andrews [NJ-1] became the 21st representative to co-sponsor the Skill Games Exemption bill H.R. 2610 offered by Florida congressman, Robert Wexler.”

Jeff Haney on how a tourney grew despite Web crackdown (Las Vegas Sun, 12/21/07 – NV)
“The 664 entrants surpassed the 583 last year’s tournament drew, a field of 555 in 2005 and a field of 376 in 2004. “And that was without Internet involvement,” said Doug Dalton, director of poker operations at the Bellagio, referring to last year’s government crackdown on online gambling, which has put a damper on the Internet poker scene. There has never been a direct, sanctioned link between U.S. Internet poker players and land-based tournaments such as the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker.”

It was in the cards: They’re in the chips (Boston Herald, 12/21/07 – MA)
“Winning at poker takes skill: the ability to read other players, anticipate the cards and make careful calculations. At the end of the game, however, it ultimately boils down to luck. Even the best player in the world can’t win if the cards don’t fall right. The cards have fallen very right for a group of Framingham-based entrepreneurs who launched the National Poker League, a legal online gaming site, in June 2006.”

press release:
WTO issues arbitration report on gambling dispute (WTO, 12/21/07)
The WTO, on 21 December 2007, issued the arbitration report regarding Antigua and Barbuda’s complaint against “United States — Measures affecting the cross-border supply of gambling and betting services” (DS285).

The PocketFives Poker Legislation Forum Takes Shape (PocketFives, 12/20/07)
“You might have noticed a new addition to PocketFives.com. You can find it on the left hand menu of the site, right next to the words you’re reading. It’s the Poker Legislation Forum and it’s the place to find all of the news and analysis of the online poker bills that will affect your life in the near future. Headed into 2008, it’s the main goal of the Poker Players Alliance to pass one of the pending pieces of legislation currently awaiting their turn in Congress. PocketFives.com is working hand in hand with the PPA to bring the latest from the legislative front to your fingertips.”

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