Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/26/07)

articles:
Antigua hopes for end to betting dispute (Associated Press, 12/24/07)

Antigua wins modest sanctions in U.S. gambling case (Reuters, 12/21/07)

WTO gives Antigua right to violate U.S. copyrights in gambling dispute (International Herald Tribune, 12/21/07)

RGA Files Online Gambling Complaint Against US (PokerNews, 12/26/07)

U.S. copyright waived in tiny nation (The Hollywood Reporter, 12/25/07)

Signature gathering begins in drive to build Ohio casino (WDNT, 12/21/07 – OH)

Gambling Arrests In Oregonia (Local12, 12/21/07 – OH)

No-limit gambling proposed for state (The Pueblo Chieftain, 12/24/07 – CO)

Legislator says tribe can open ‘full-blown’ casino in Middleboro (The Enterprise, 12/20/07 – MA)

Poker that plays like a video game headed to watering holes (Las Vegas Sun, 12/24/07)

Poker and Our Culture (Poker Player Newspaper, 12/23/07)

Tough odds for gambling addicts (San Francisco Chronicle, 12/24/07 – CA)

press release:
Statement on Internet Gambling (USTR, 12/21/07)

blog:
UIGEA Update (rcfox, 12/24/07)

The World Trade Organization Issues a Decision (Lou Krieger, 12/25/07)

excerpts:
Antigua hopes for end to betting dispute (Associated Press, 12/24/07)
“Antigua and Barbuda’s finance minister said he is hopeful an international ruling giving his nation the right to impose limited trade sanctions against the U.S. will push Washington to resolve a long-running dispute over Internet gambling. The World Trade Organization on Friday backed Antigua’s request to target U.S. services, copyrights and trademarks in retaliation for a U.S. online betting ban — but will allow it to impose only $21 million in annual trade sanctions.”

Antigua wins modest sanctions in U.S. gambling case (Reuters, 12/21/07)
“Antigua and Barbuda won compensation from the United States on Friday in a long-running trade dispute about gambling, but the amount was far lower than the tiny Caribbean nation had been seeking. A World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitration panel granted Antigua’s request to levy trade sanctions on U.S. intellectual property, for instance by lifting copyright on films and music to sell it themselves, prompting concern from Washington.”

WTO gives Antigua right to violate U.S. copyrights in gambling dispute (International Herald Tribune, 12/21/07)
“In an unusual ruling Friday at the World Trade Organization, the tiny Caribbean nation of Antigua won the right to violate copyright protections on goods like films and music from the United States – worth up to $21 million – as part of a dispute between the two countries over online gambling. The award comes after a WTO decision that Washington had wrongly blocked online gaming operators on the island from the American market at the same time it permitted online wagering on horse racing.”

RGA Files Online Gambling Complaint Against US (PokerNews, 12/26/07)
“The Remote Gaming Association (RGA) has filed a complaint against the US under the European Union’s Trade Barriers Regulation on behalf of European online gambling companies. Clive Hawkswood, RGA’s Chief Executive said, “We have been left with no choice but to pursue all legal avenues available to challenge the US Department of Justice for its discriminatory enforcement activities against European online gaming operators.”

U.S. copyright waived in tiny nation (The Hollywood Reporter, 12/25/07)
“The Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda has won the right to waive U.S. copyrights in films, television and music under an unusual ruling by the World Trade Organization. The landmark decision by the Geneva-based trade watchdog means that the tiny islands are able to violate intellectual property protection worth up to $21 million as part of a dispute between the countries over online gambling.”

Signature gathering begins in drive to build Ohio casino (WDNT, 12/21/07 – OH)
“The state says developers trying to build a casino in southwest Ohio are close to being able to gather signatures for a ballot proposal. The Ohio Ballot Board on Friday unanimously agreed that MyOhioNow.com has succeeded in honing its request down to a single issue, a critical step in launching a signature-gathering campaign.”

Gambling Arrests In Oregonia (Local12, 12/21/07 – OH)
“Undercover officers from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office made the bust this afternoon at the Little River Café in Washington Township. That’s on Oregonia Road. The owner, 48 year-old Mark Burris, is charged with gambling and operating a gambling house. Burris tells Local 12 the group of friends have been playing cards for years at each others homes, and sometimes played at the bar during the winter months.”

No-limit gambling proposed for state (The Pueblo Chieftain, 12/24/07 – CO)
“State Rep. Al White is working on a proposal to allow Las Vegas-style, no-limit gambling in Colorado. He said his proposal could bolster tourism and funding for state colleges and universities. White, R-Hayden, said the $100 million that the gambling industry generates every year for Colorado could double if betting caps were scrapped and if casinos could operate around the clock.”

Legislator says tribe can open ‘full-blown’ casino in Middleboro (The Enterprise, 12/20/07 – MA)
“Casino nights held by churches and charities have given the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe the right to have table games, says a lawmaker who testified at this week’s pro-casino hearing held in Boston. “The Indians have the power to open a full-blown casino,” said state Sen. Michael W. Morrissey, D-Quincy, with table games, dice and blackjack, but not Class 3 slot machines.”

Poker that plays like a video game headed to watering holes (Las Vegas Sun, 12/24/07)
“Bars across the country have attempted to capitalize on the poker craze by offering free poker tournaments where winners can earn bragging rights, cash prizes and even entries to big casino tournaments. But there may soon be an easier way for watering holes to invite wagering on poker games without attracting attention from local law enforcement. PokerTek, which makes an electronic, dealerless poker game for casinos, is also rolling out a poker game for bars, restaurants and other noncasino venues that plays like a video game.”

Poker and Our Culture (Poker Player Newspaper, 12/23/07)
“Despite the fact that poker is now a mainstay on several cable television stations, we certainly cannot argue that the game is widely embraced in our society. In fact, we are far from being able to claim that we’ve achieved overwhelming understanding and acceptance. The game that we love and cherish is viewed as a sinful endeavor by many.”

Tough odds for gambling addicts (San Francisco Chronicle, 12/24/07 – CA)
“The contrast between what California does to address gambling addiction and what is available in other states is stark. “Other states, such as Wisconsin, have set aside between 0.5 percent and 1 percent of all gross (gambling) revenues for treatment, prevention and education of pathological gambling,” the attorney general report said, noting that California does not. If California peeled off 1 percent of gambling revenues every year, it would have at least $120 million to spend on gambling addiction treatment, the report estimated. (While California’s gambling revenues are 65 percent from Indian casinos, they also include money from the California State Lottery, card rooms and horse tracks.)”

press release:
Statement on Internet Gambling (USTR, 12/21/07)
“In response to an award from a World Trade Organization Arbitrator today in a dispute brought by Antigua & Barbuda (Antigua) involving Internet Gambling, United States Trade Representative Spokesman Sean Spicer made the following statement: “Because the United States is already taking steps to bring itself into compliance by clarifying its WTO commitments with respect to internet gambling, the Arbitrator’s award issued today is not paramount,” said USTR Spokesman Spicer.”

blog:
UIGEA Update (rcfox, 12/24/07)
“Last year I wrote about what the impact of the UIGEA would be. Let’s take a look at my predictions, and see what did and didn’t pan out. I’ve gotten some emails asking me what’s going to happen with the UIGEA now that we have a new Congress. Nothing. The law was passed. It’s on the books. The Executive Branch of the government (the Department of Justice, Federal Reserve, and the Department of the Treasury) will be writing regulations to implement it, in theory by July. Nothing changed this week about who is in those offices.”

The World Trade Organization Issues a Decision (Lou Krieger, 12/25/07)
“On December 21 a World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitrary panel ruled that Antigua is entitled to $21 million a year from the United States, a far cry from the $3.4 billion that Antigua sought in its claim against the US regarding online gaming. The WTO’s ruling took into account only money Antigua lost through online horse-racing wagers, instead of all online gaming. The panel chose not to account for all online wagering that takes place in the US. Instead, it only awarded Antigua compensation from online wagers that are taxed and regulated.”

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