Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (9/27/06)

Articles:
Online gambling bill hits snags in Congress (Reuters, 09/26/07)

William Hill Stops Accepting Online Bets From U.S. (Bloomberg, 09/27/06)

Congress shouldn’t throttle Internet gambling (The Hill, 09/27/06)

House of cards is unfairly stacked against internet (The Times, 09/27/06)

Grady County sheriff, others named in indictment (KTEN, 09/27/06)

Poker club deals Lafayette an opportunity to legally gamble (The Exponent, 09/27/06)

Excerpts:
Online gambling bill hits snags in Congress (Reuters, 09/26/07)
“Efforts to win U.S. congressional passage of a bill to ban most forms of Internet gambling by tacking it onto a must-pass bill hit a roadblock on Tuesday, but aides said Republican backers were exploring other ways to make it law…Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner, a Virginia Republican, raised a “strong objection” to attaching any unrelated legislation to a pending defense bill, which has been viewed by supporters of the Internet gambling bill as a prime vehicle for it…”


William Hill Stops Accepting Online Bets From U.S. (Bloomberg, 09/27/06)
“William Hill already blocks U.S. sports bettors, Chief Executive Officer David Harding said today in a telephone interview. The new measures also will bar American customers from playing the London-based company’s Web casino and poker games, he said. “We have always taken a passive marketing approach to U.S. customers and have never actively sought out U.S. online business,” the CEO said. “Now, on the basis of legal advice, we are blocking U.S. business entirely…”

Congress shouldn’t throttle Internet gambling (The Hill, 09/27/06)
“While London has welcomed such success stories, U.S. gambling and technology companies and Wall Street investment banks have suffered because of gray areas in the U.S. laws. The Department of Justice argues that Internet gambling violates the 1961 Wire Act, but the courts disagree…The result: Innovation and the money being made has shifted to Britain and its territories. No company can afford to take the risk of gambling with the U.S. government…”

House of cards is unfairly stacked against internet (The Times, 09/27/06)
“A good example is the often-quoted issue of under-age gambling. We are told that the industry is a social pariah, a danger to children. Although internet gambling may provide the ability for minors to participate in unsupervised gambling, the truth is that the industry has long been able to demonstrate that it has the technology to mitigate such risks…”

Grady County sheriff, others named in indictment (KTEN, 09/27/06)
“Grady County Sheriff Kieran McMullen and three others are named in a multicounty grand jury indictment unsealed today that accuses them of conspiring to convert the Chickasha Elks lodge into a mini-casino. The indictment follows a year long investigation and a September 6th raid of the lodge. The indictment says illegal gambling included slot machines, poker, blackjack and lotteries…”

Poker club deals Lafayette an opportunity to legally gamble (The Exponent, 09/27/06)
“The Lafayette River Club is opening a new poker room on Oct. 7…The Layette River Club is one in a chain of three clubs owned by the River Clubs of Indiana, said Matthew Lackey, the group’s Indiana public relations manager…He said this new development follows all Indiana regulations regarding gambling. “It is a totally legal, above-ground operation,” Lackey said…”

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