Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (03/14/08)

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articles:
Indiana Gaming Commission cracking down on illegal gambling (Wave3, 03/13/08 – IN)

3 arrested in strip mall poker game raid (The Gazette, 03/05/08 – CO)

Defendants in gambling sting determined to go to trial (The Post and Courier, 03/10/08 – NC)

Study of regulations slated for ban on Web gambling (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 03/14/08)

US Congressman Wants Full Details On WTO Online Gambling Settlement Concessions (PokerPages, 03/13/08)

UIGEA Update: Proposed Regulations Rile American Banking Association (PokerNews, 03/09/08)

Bill cites 43 billion reasons for oversight of Net gambling (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 03/06/08)

Online gambling among college students focus of new PSU, OHSU study (Vanguard, 03/14/08 – OR)

Gambling laws in U.S. may be at odds (Chicago Tribune, 03/11/08)

Facebook sites face scrutiny for NCAA March Madness pools (Chicago Tribune, 03/14/08)

Passing of money makes poker illegal: police (The Western Star, 03/14/08)

Germany Takes Tough Stance Against Online Poker (Poker Player Newspaper, 03/09/08)

Mandelson pot shot at gaming prohibitionists (The Guardian, 03/11/08)

Online Gambling Interview – Professor I. Nelson Rose (CappersMall, 03/06/08)

media:
Bar owner arrested for gambling during news interview (Wave3, 03/13/08)

Card Game Decides N.M. Election (Local6, 03/10/08)

press release:
Bill in Massachusetts Would Criminalize Online Poker (PocketFives, 03/13/08)

Court Grants iMEGA Standing to Challenge Flawed Online Gaming Law (IMEGA, 03/07/08)

EU launches probe of US online gambling restrictions (EU, 03/13/08)

National team of experts to debate legal issues in online gambling (Univ. of Richmond, 03/03/08)

PPA Names Slate of State Directors (Poker Players Alliance, 03/11/08)

excerpts:

Indiana Gaming Commission cracking down on illegal gambling (Wave3, 03/13/08 – IN)
“If you ever find yourself in a friendly game of poker that involves betting at any type of bar or other establishment in Indiana, it might be time to fold. That’s because the Indiana Gaming Commission is taking a tough stance against illegal gambling. And one bar owner in Scott County, Indiana has already been busted. WAVE 3 Investigator Lindsay English has the details.”

3 arrested in strip mall poker game raid (The Gazette, 03/05/08 – CO)
“A raid on an illegal poker game led to three arrests early Tuesday at a strip mall in southeast Colorado Springs, authorities said. Investigators say they think the operators of Kung Karaoke Bar and Restaurant, 3768 Astrozon Blvd., were sneaking gamblers out the back door and into another storefront two doors down for the illegal card game, said Colorado Springs police Sgt. Richard Duvall of Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence, which assisted in the raid. Eleven people were inside when a multijurisdictional team led by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation raided the poker game, authorities said.”

Defendants in gambling sting determined to go to trial (The Post and Courier, 03/10/08 – NC)
“Almost two years after a poker game was broken up by Mount Pleasant police, some of the more vocal members of the group still haven’t resolved their cases. One of the players contends the delay is because town officials don’t want the spectacle of a jury trial, in which he plans to defend the game of poker against what he calls South Carolina’s outdated anti-gambling laws. “Mount Pleasant, they don’t want to be the stepping stone into changing this,” said Bob Chimento, the unofficial spokesman for the group.”

Study of regulations slated for ban on Web gambling (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 03/14/08)
“A House panel plans next month to review regulations proposed by the Department of Treasury to enforce a 2006 ban against Internet gambling. The hearing by the House Financial Services Committee could occur as early as April 2. The draft rules, which were published Oct. 4, reportedly have drawn more than 200 comments from lawmakers and various interest groups.”

US Congressman Wants Full Details On WTO Online Gambling Settlement Concessions (PokerPages, 03/13/08)
“US Congress has finally become nervous enough about the lack of detail provided by the US Trade Representative’s Office (USTR) over settlements it has reached with several countries to compensate for the US pulling online poker and online gambling from their World Trade Organization (WTO) trade treaties, that Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) has formally requested full disclosure of the concessions granted without Congressional approval.”

UIGEA Update: Proposed Regulations Rile American Banking Association (PokerNews, 03/09/08)
“While the American Banking Association (ABA) had originally been reported as neutral on the legislation, the organization’s stance regarding the measure has grown strongly more negative. The ABA explored several significant problems with the UIGEA, raising issues so serious that the UIGEA’s “successful” implementation itself is a matter for debate.”

Bill cites 43 billion reasons for oversight of Net gambling (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 03/06/08)
“As bills trying to roll back an Internet gambling ban languish in Congress, another measure was introduced this week claiming that a tax on online gambling could produce up to $43 billion over 10 years. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., unveiled legislation Tuesday calling for federal regulation and taxation of Internet gambling. A spokesman for an Internet gambling advocacy group said the legislation would strengthen provisions in an earlier version proposed by McDermott in June.”

Online gambling among college students focus of new PSU, OHSU study (Vanguard, 03/14/08 – OR)
“Over the last few years, college campuses have seen a rise in the popularity of Internet and cell phone gambling among students. The topic is currently the subject of a study being conducted by Oregon Health and Science University, with cooperation from PSU. There are many opportunities for online gambling, both on the Internet and on cell phones. In order to play, students simply have to log on, upload money from their bank account and win or lose money from other players online.”

Gambling laws in U.S. may be at odds (Chicago Tribune, 03/11/08)
“On Monday, the Remote Gambling Association, which represents the European operators, asked the European Union to investigate U.S. laws forbidding online gambling, a move that could lead to a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization. Key to the dispute is the question of whether online betting companies are unfairly being forced out of the U.S. market. In the U.S., wagering on horse racing is allowed across state lines.”

Facebook sites face scrutiny for NCAA March Madness pools (Chicago Tribune, 03/14/08)
“Internet gaming is illegal in the United States, making it fairly obvious to gambling experts that running a March Madness pool on a social networking site like Facebook is against the law. Also, unlike most office pools, the online pools are far more likely to have players from several states. And with the exception of horse racing and lotteries, interstate wagering is illegal.”

Passing of money makes poker illegal: police (The Western Star, 03/14/08)
“Const. Robert Edwards says people need to be aware of what they’re doing when they play Texas Hold ’em. The media relations officer for the Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said he doesn’t know of any public poker games Corner Brook. However, he said if there’s a complaint, there is an obligation to investigate, whether the complaint of a parking infraction or a game of Texas Hold ’em. He also acknowleged there is a controversy around poker.”

Germany Takes Tough Stance Against Online Poker (Poker Player Newspaper, 03/09/08)
“Germany’s legislation makes it illegal for banks and financial institutions to process payments with online gaming sites, including those solely dedicated to poker. There is also a strong possibility that German Internet service providers will block access to gaming sites. The ban in Germany is a major step backwards for European poker, however many players are optimistic that the legality of the ban can be addressed via the European Union.”

Mandelson pot shot at gaming prohibitionists (The Guardian, 03/11/08)
“Peter Mandelson, the EU trade commissioner, has called for US prosecutors to stop targeting online gambling companies with links to Europe – including London-listed PartyGaming, Sportingbet and 888. The EU is backing an industry group which says the US is breaking free trade commitments by seeking to prosecute overseas online gambling companies that stopped taking bets from America after prohibition 17 months ago. The support does not affect a deal under which the US extended certain trade concessions after passing the unlawful internet gambling enforcement act.”

Online Gambling Interview – Professor I. Nelson Rose (CappersMall, 03/06/08)
“Professor I. Nelson Rose is an internationally known scholar, public speaker and writer and is recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on gambling law. Professor Rose granted  CappersMall.com an exclusive first rights interview and we discuss a number of issues concerning online gambling, the WTO and we asked him his opinion on where online gambling stands now and what it looks like as we head in to the future.”

media:
Bar owner arrested for gambling during news interview (Wave3, 03/13/08)

Card Game Decides N.M. Election (Local6, 03/10/08)

press release:
Bill in Massachusetts Would Criminalize Online Poker (PocketFives, 03/13/08)
“There’s trouble brewing in the Massachusetts. Home to Congressman Barney Frank, one of online poker’s leading proponents and author of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act, Massachusetts may have taken a turn for the worse on this critical issue. Luckily, Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society Founder and President Charles Nesson, Congressman Frank, and an army of individuals from the Poker Players Alliance are working to reverse a detrimental course of action the state is embarking upon.”

Court Grants iMEGA Standing to Challenge Flawed Online Gaming Law (IMEGA, 03/07/08)
“The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) today applauded the decision by Judge Mary L. Cooper, of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, granting iMEGA the standing to pursue a challenge of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). This is a significant victory for iMEGA in the case of iMEGA v. Gonzales, et al.”

EU launches probe of US online gambling restrictions (EU, 03/13/08)
“The European Commission launched an investigation Monday into allegations that a US online gambling ban discriminates against EU firms, an action that could lead to a WTO case. The European Union’s executive arm said it would try to find out whether the US restrictions break international trade rules and raise the matter with Washington.”

National team of experts to debate legal issues in online gambling (Univ. of Richmond, 03/03/08)
“The Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business will host its annual symposium, “Online Vice: Legal Issues in Online Gambling,” March 19 from 1:30-5 p.m. in the Moot Court room of the University of Richmond School of Law. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow. (MCLE credits are pending.) A panel discussion will showcase some of the nation’s leading experts on gaming law: Professor John Kindt of University of Illinois School of Business, Professor Charles Nesson of Harvard Law School, Professor I. Nelson Rose of Whittier Law School, Professor Frank Vandall of Emory School of Law, and Andrew Woods, executive director of the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society.”

PPA Names Slate of State Directors (Poker Players Alliance, 03/11/08)
“To further leverage its nationwide reach, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group, today tapped 50 members to serve as PPA directors for their respective states.  The State Directors program is part of the organization’s comprehensive strategy to become a player in both national and state-level policy debates.”

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