Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (9/28/06)

Articles:
Online gambling could face legal restrictions (The Exponent, 09/28/06)

Bars plus cards usually equals gambling (Sentinel & Enterprise, 09/28/06)

Italy to Legalize and Regulate Online Poker and Gambling (Poker News, 09/28/06)

Online gambling finds support amid ban efforts (The Daily Trojan, 09/28/06)

Sportingbet Veteran Speaks Out On Online Gambling Bans (Online-Casinos.com, 09/28/06)

Defense bill dispute may stall Internet gambling proposal (Casino City Times, 09/27/06)

Excerpts:
Online gambling could face legal restrictions (The Exponent, 09/28/06)
“Hoosiers who sit at their computers gambling online may be subject to greater restrictions in the near future. State Rep. Joe Micon, D-West Lafayette, and Republican candidate Connie Basham both believe restrictions on the practice are necessary. Micon commented on state law, stating “Currently, participating (in online gambling) is not illegal.” Indiana law allows such participation but prohibits the operation of a server hosting gambling within the state…”


Bars plus cards usually equals gambling (Sentinel & Enterprise, 09/28/06)
“And playing a few hands of Texas Hold’em in a Fitchburg bar is now perfectly legal — as long as no gambling is involved. Prior to the License Commission’s vote last week, it was against the law to play cards in local watering holes. Kathleen Denmark, owner of Dempsey’s Pub, said she already began hosting Texas Hold’em poker tournaments recently, unaware of the long-standing rule against it…”

Italy to Legalize and Regulate Online Poker and Gambling (Poker News, 09/28/06)
“Now, Italy has taken the step that the U.K., and many other countries have taken, and is moving toward regulation of the industry. As of January 1, 2007, it will be legal for Italian citizens to gamble online. The new law also clears the way for things like public sports betting and bingo parlors…This seems to be the direction many countries around the world are heading, with the model in the U.K. seeming to be stable, and sustainable…”

Online gambling finds support amid ban efforts (The Daily Trojan, 09/28/06)
“Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s push to attach a ban on Internet gambling to a defense bill in recent days has defenders of online poker seeking the winning hand in a game of Washington politics. Proponents of a new federal ban said Internet users, especially children, need to be protected from a potentially addictive product of the Internet age…”

Sportingbet Veteran Speaks Out On Online Gambling Bans (Online-Casinos.com, 09/28/06)
“The key to a proper understanding of what is happening in the internet gambling industry is to look at the agenda of some of those who seek to criticise it,” Payne argued in the Times interview. “I believe that the real picture that emerges is one of fiscal protectionism that is being masked by political manoeuvring and adroit public relations…”

Defense bill dispute may stall Internet gambling proposal (Casino City Times, 09/27/06)
“A dispute among Republican leaders may delay the fate of a proposed Internet gambling ban until after the Nov. 7 elections, congressional and lobbying sources said Tuesday…Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., are pushing hard to include an online wagering ban and a slew of other bills in defense legislation…”

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