Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/05/08)

articles:
Poker players, Frank hope to overturn online ban (South Coast Today, 05/04/08)

Lobbyists Reach for Grass Roots (The Wall Street Journal, 05/03/08)

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul Talks About UIGEA (CardPlayer, 05/02/08)

Betting rules confuse banks (Miami Herald, 05/02/08)

LETTERS: Web gambling ban totally unworkable (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 05/04/08)

Lawmakers eye poker proceeds (Concord Monitor, 05/03/08)

excerpts:

Poker players, Frank hope to overturn online ban (South Coast Today, 05/04/08)
“The odds might not be in his favor, but U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., has gained a valuable ally in his fight to overturn a 2006 law banning online gambling. Poker Players Alliance, a grass-roots organization fighting for poker players’ rights, has put its chips on Rep. Frank’s proposal.”


Lobbyists Reach for Grass Roots (The Wall Street Journal, 05/03/08)
“In a Congress preoccupied by the economy, the Poker Players Allaince knew it would take some populist bluffing to repeal a law effectively outlawing poker Web sites. The group, whose chairman is former New York Republican Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, rallied the champions among its one million members to win a spot on the agendas of lawmakers guiding financial-services legislation.”

Presidential Candidate Ron Paul Talks About UIGEA (CardPlayer, 05/02/08)
“Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is one of those rare politicians who seems to be in office for reasons other than ego or personal gain. Closer to being a Libertarian than a contemporary Republican, he has served more than 10 years representing Texans in the House of Representatives since 1976 (he’s been in office since 1997, but served two other times). He believes the government should stay as far out of Americans’ lives as possible and sees the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) as a dangerous precedent in the battle to regulate the Internet.”

Betting rules confuse banks (Miami Herald, 05/02/08)
“Some horseracing fans looking to place online bets for the 134th Kentucky Derby this weekend may find their transactions blocked by banks and credit card companies trying to avoid running afoul of unclear federal regulations, gaming and banking industry experts said Thursday. ‘Unless the government takes the responsibility of telling the banks which merchants they shouldn’t deal with, and when banks take the position that they are not going to process these transactions without guidance, all heck will break loose,” said Tony Cabot, an attorney with the Las Vegas firm Lewis and Roca, which represents the Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association.”

LETTERS: Web gambling ban totally unworkable (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 05/04/08)
“As the Nevada director for the Poker Players Alliance, a grass-roots poker advocacy group with more than 1 million members nationwide and 12,870 in Nevada, I was concerned to read that Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., wants to speed up enforcement of the vaguely and broadly written law banning Internet gambling — the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (“Internet gambling ban architect frustrated with regulation delays,” Wednesday Review-Journal).”

Lawmakers eye poker proceeds (Concord Monitor, 05/03/08)
“Poker lovers across New Hampshire have found a place to play for money at the state’s proliferating charitable game rooms. Now, many lawmakers are eyeing a cut for the state. The so-called poker tax plan won a big endorsement when, as he announced the state’s widening budget shortfall this week, Gov. John Lynch’s announced his support for the tax. Lynch called the idea a way to “close the loophole” on charitable game taxes (the state already taxes bingo and Lucky 7 games).”

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/05/08)

  1. Frank – patience is a virtue as we wait and support you all the way . Persist and you will conquer.

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