Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (9/5/06)

Frist still seeks US Internet gambling bill–aides (Reuters, 09/05/06)
“Aides to Senate Republican Leader Bill Frist said on Tuesday he is still trying to find a way to pass a bill to outlaw most forms of Internet gambling, but offered no guarantee a deal could be struck before lawmakers recess at the end of September. Frist would like to bring up the bill under unanimous consent, a process by which leaders from both parties agree to bring a bill to a vote on the Senate floor, the aides told reporters.”

What Congress Should Do About Internet Poker (Poker Player, 09/04/06)
“The idea that the federal government can tell a state what its public policy toward gambling must be violates the very idea of our union of states. So, why is Congress considering bills to outlaw all forms of Internet gambling? Even with these bills, Congress recognizes that states have the right to operate remote wagering on horse races and state lotteries. So, why are casino games, bingo and poker not also being left up to the states?…”

Gambling with success (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 09/03/06)
“Their company in Pittsburgh’s Bloomfield neighborhood, Ace Nine, gets paid every time someone visits the Web site and starts playing at one of the online casinos advertised there…That puts Ace Nine near the top of an industry niche that is coming under scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice. Online gambling is illegal for Americans. And anyone who advertises Internet casinos to American audiences is aiding the crime, prosecutors say, although no one has been convicted in the U.S. of such an offense.”

Jeff Haney on the poker community’s reaction to any ban of the online game (Las Vegas Sun, 08/30/06)
“It’s a disparate collection united by a single philosophy – allowing the federal government to forbid people from gambling on their computers would be the most un-American of activities. There are the civil libertarians, aghast at the House of Representatives’ lopsided vote last month in favor of House Resolution 4411, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act…”

For many on campuses, trouble is in the cards (Boston Globe, 08/22/06)
“The US government considers the enterprise illegal, but industry executives say that Web casinos — which operate offshore, in such places as Antigua and Costa Rica — fall outside US jurisdiction. The issue has yet to be resolved in court. Still, the House of Representatives passed a bill last month that would make it illegal for US credit card companies to process payments for online casinos. The Senate has not yet voted on it…”


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