Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (03/04/08)

articles:
Internet Gaming Rules Face Long Odds (Washington Post, 03/04/08)

California Poker Bill to Reach Committee this Month (PokerSourceOnline, 03/03/08 – CA)

Charges expected after Leicester gambling raid (Asheville Citizen Times, 03/04/08 – NC)

Bill that would allow schools to act as civic centers advances (Salt Lake Tribune, 03/04/08 – UT)

Surprising Support For Online Gambling (Online-Casinos, 03/03/08)

MasterCard Spent $1.8M Lobbying (International Business Times, 03/03/08)

EU executive battles France over gaming – lobby (Reuters, 03/03/08)

RGA supports EC online gambling action (PokerListings, 03/04/08)

Gambling can lead to addiction, debt (The Daily Mississippian, 03/04/08 – MS)

Prof finds campus gambling addictions prevalent (Diamond Back, 03/04/08 – MD)

blog:
Chronicle of Higher Education: IPFW’s McClellan on student gambling (Fort Wayne Observed, 03/04/08)

press release:
PPA Membership Soars Past 900,000 (PocketFives, 03/04/08)

excerpts:

Internet Gaming Rules Face Long Odds (Washington Post, 03/04/08)
“It’s not easy making rules for a U.S. law intended to deter illegal Internet gambling by choking off the flow of funds to offshore sites. That’s because no one seems to agree on what the law covers. Officials at the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve found that out after sifting through more than 200 comments from banks, gamblers, church groups and members of Congress on recommendations for the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. The basic sentiment was that their Oct. 4 proposal, which depends on financial institution enforcement, won’t work.”

California Poker Bill to Reach Committee this Month (PokerSourceOnline, 03/03/08 – CA)
“Bill AB2026 is a study bill, aimed at exploring whether or not a California-only online poker room would be legal. “Our understanding of the law is that so long as the player and server are in California, it would be legal,” said Levine. “But that’s what we are trying to find out.” The bill will be heard in Committee on March 20. Should the study show that a California online poker room would be legal, Levine would then push for regulation and legalization.”

Charges expected after Leicester gambling raid (Asheville Citizen Times, 03/04/08 – NC)
“Charges of illegal gambling will probably be filed soon after a raid at a former Leicester sports bar netted cards, cash, poker chips and three video poker machines, said Allen Page, district supervisor with the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement division. ALE agents and Buncombe sheriff’s deputies raided the former Legends sports bar at 128 Newfound Road on Feb. 24 after a six-month investigation and surveillance.”

Bill that would allow schools to act as civic centers advances (Salt Lake Tribune, 03/04/08 – UT)
“Texas Hold ‘em tournaments at your public school? Maybe. HB322 passed its first Senate test Monday stating that public schools would be used as civic centers under the direction of the school administration. The intent of the bill is to free up public schools to be used for recreation activities in the community. One senator asked if it would mean poker tournaments in public schools.”

Surprising Support For Online Gambling (Online-Casinos, 03/03/08)
“According to a report from the Cape Cod Media group, at least twenty organisations have spent substantially in order to lobby in support of US online gambling issues, and the list has some surprising names on it. Lobby firms in the US are mandated to disclose the amounts and causes for which they are lobbying. The report says that some of the companies had already spent $2.65 million on Internet gambling during the first six months of 2007. Added to amounts declared by other organisations since then (see previous Online-Casinos.com/InfoPowa reports) it makes for impressive sums of money.”

MasterCard Spent $1.8M Lobbying (International Business Times, 03/03/08)
“MasterCard International Inc. spent $1.8 million in 2007 to lobby on Internet-related issues and on fees merchants pay when customers use credit cards. The Purchase, N.Y.-based company spent $880,000 in the second half of 2007 to lobby Congress, according to a disclosure form posted online Feb. 13 by the Senate’s public records office. It lobbied on gambling regulations and the use of credit cards to purchase illegal material on the Internet.”

EU executive battles France over gaming – lobby (Reuters, 03/03/08)
“The European Commission has given France until the end of this month to change a planned law that would oblige banks to block payments on behalf of online betting firms, a gaming lobby said on Monday. The European Gaming and Betting Association said the draft law would apply even to online gaming operators fully licensed and regulated elsewhere in the European Union.”

RGA supports EC online gambling action (PokerListings, 03/04/08)
“The Remote Gambling Association has joined the European Gaming and Betting Association in applauding the European Commission’s decision to pursue action against Greece and the Netherlands’ online gambling laws. Last week the European Commission announced it has formally requested that Greece and the Netherlands amend their online gambling laws to follow European Union laws.”

Gambling can lead to addiction, debt (The Daily Mississippian, 03/04/08 – MS)
“Many Americans gamble for fun and recreation. For a small percentage of people, however, gambling can become a serious addiction with just one simple bet and a big win, according to Rob McKinley, a nationally certified gambling counselor with the National Council on Problem Gambling. McKinley said compulsive and pathological gambling increased in adolescents and seniors, most likely because of the availability of different forms of gambling including sports betting, online gambling, casinos and even bingo.”

Prof finds campus gambling addictions prevalent (Diamond Back, 03/04/08 – MD)
“A recent pilot study found that 7 percent of 400 randomly selected undergraduates on the campus showed signs of gambling addictions, while the university has no gambling awareness programs. Public Health Professor Stephen McDaniel, who led the study, said the lack of any gambling addiction awareness program on campus worried him. If students don’t know what a gambling addiction is, they won’t seek help, he said. The preliminary research results showed, more than anything, that more serious studies needed to be done, McDaniel said.”

blog:
Chronicle of Higher Education: IPFW’s McClellan on student gambling (Fort Wayne Observed, 03/04/08)
“IPFW Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs George S. McClellan writes about gambling and students in the latest edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education. Vice Chancellor McClellan writes: Several years ago, as I was reading through the postings on an Internet bulletin board on blackjack, I came across a message asking for information on where one could find $25 or $50 Texas hold ‘em games.”

press release:

PPA Membership Soars Past 900,000 (PocketFives, 03/04/08)
“I learned all about the infant PPA, whose membership then totaled just 50,000. Now, nearly 20 months later, the PPA’s membership has exploded to over 930,000. PocketFives.com sat down with its old friend and new Executive Director John Pappas, to learn more.”

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