Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (9/7/06)

Sportingbet’s Chairman Is Held by U.S. Authorities (Bloomberg, 09/07/06)
“Sportingbet Plc said Chairman Peter Dicks was detained in the U.S., the second manager of a British company to be held amid a clampdown on online gambling. Dicks, 64, was detained at 2 a.m. London time today and will face a hearing at 2 p.m., Sportingbet said in a statement…”Unless the chairman is being held on charges unrelated to online gaming, we can probably assume the Department of Justice has an agenda against sports-betting companies that are using telephone lines to make bets,” said Andrew Lee, an online gaming analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort in London.”

Poker Side of the Business Brought in $2.9 Million a Day (Cardplayer, 09/07/06)
“Online gaming sites are trying to diversify it customer base because of the recent political climate in the U.S. Certain politicians and the federal government are working hard to stop online gambling here and a bill prohibiting online gambling will face Congress sometime this fall. The justice department has even started to arrest and charge CEOs of online sports books.”

Internet Gambling Bill Still Alive in the Senate (Focus on the Family, 09/07/06)
Right now, Internet gambling is illegal in the U.S., but the Department of Justice is hesitant to confront the issue because the language is too gray. Focus on the Family Action Gambling Analyst, Chad Hills, says that’s why passage of the Internet Gambling Bill, HR 4411, is so important.“This bill would clarify that language, it would prohibit illegal off-shore Internet gambling and it would give the DOJ the teeth that they need to prosecute illegal Internet gambling.”


Focus on Legality of Poker Runs (KXII-TV, 09/06/06)
“Funeral services were held today for “Flash” Gordon Mineo. He was the organizer of the high-roller poker run that took place this weekend. It’s a charitable event that attracts boaters from all across the country. But the attorney general says it boils down to public gambling…They are all over from coast to coast and they have a huge following not just on the water, but on the roads. No matter what you ride, participants pay an entry fee, go to five destinations collecting cards, and the best hand wins the pot. It sounds like fun, but not to the law…”


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