Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (9/13/06)

New organization joins fight against online gambling ban (PokerListings, 09/13/06)

“Founded just six weeks ago, the National Right for Online Gambling (NROG) is joining the fight to stop an online gambling ban being passed in Congress. To begin its efforts, the non-profit organization is focused on informing and educating online gamblers and non-gamblers alike about H.R. 4411, the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act…NROG plans to take a different direction by using the media to better educate the American public on the issue.”

Online Casino Legislation Causes PPA to Protest (Online Casino Reports, 09/13/06)

“After taking in the latest arrests of top executives in the online casino world, the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) has initiated a protest against the legislation, seeing their quest as an attempt to further “promote and protect America’s favorite past-time”. Compromised of online and offline poker players, the PPA has been one of the first organizations to support and defend the rights of online casino poker players. The PPA is supported by various poker players, online casinos, and card rooms located across the United States.”

Banks Oppose Online Casino Restrictions (Casino-Online, 09/13/06)
“The bill would be asking the banks to monitor these online gaming payments; however, this would cause a tremendous amount of work, and would be extremely costly to the taxpayer. Spokesperson, Laura Fisher, said, “Proposing to block payments to online casino gambling businesses would be very difficult or impossible.”…Most people agree that cracking down on online casino gambling would divert attention from more important issues such as tracing terrorist group financing.”

Calling Capitol Hill’s bluff on gambling bill (Ventura County Star, 09/13/06)
“To show our U.S. senators they aren’t a bunch of jokers, these cyber sports held a protest march on Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Poker players are refusing to fold to lawmakers who want to stop them from playing Texas hold ’em or five-card stud on the Internet.”

Dee Ann Divis: Lobbyists beginning to tie blogs into campaigns (The Examiner, 09/13/06)
“Another blog-focused campaign, this one on the national issue of online gambling and Internet poker, triggered 8,000 letters to Capitol Hill in a single day, reported John Pappas and Adam Kovacevich, assistant vice presidents with Washington-based Dittus Communications.”

Press Release:
Thousands of Online Poker Players Speak Out Against Internet Gambling Ban (PocketFives, 09/13/06)
“The Phone March on Washington was resoundingly noticed by Congressional offices. A representative from Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) office claimed that the staff had been receiving calls “once every few minutes.” The same was true at Senator Edward Kennedy’s (D-MA) headquarters: “We have received a steady stream of calls all day today.” At Senator Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) office, a spokesperson said they had received “a significant number of calls on the issue.”

Online Gambling Issues to be Aired at International Gaming Conference & Expo (International Gaming Conference & Expo, 09/13/06)
“The International Gaming Conference & Expo (IGCE), slated for November 5-7 at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Dublin, Ireland, will feature an unprecedented lineup of legal experts discussing the current state of the interactive gaming industry both in the U.S. and internationally.”


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