Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/05/06)

articles:
Congress Busts The Online Poker Boom (CBS News, 10/04/06)

Game Over for Internet Poker (13WHAM, 10/05/06)

Many Online Poker Rooms Continue to Accept U.S. Business (Bluff Magazine, 10/05/06)

A sea change for gambling (St. Petersburg Times, 10/05/06)

media:
“More On U.S. Anti-Gambling Legislation: Interview with Keith Furlong, VP Of Catania Consulting Group” (Ladies Night Poker Podcast, 10/05/2006)

“Interview with Michael Bolcerek, President of The Poker Players Alliance” (Ladies Night Poker Podcast, 10/04/2006)

Game Over for Internet Poker (13WHAM, 10/05/06)

blogs:
Bombs Away on Internet Gambling (LewRockwell.com, 10/05/06)


excerpts:

Congress Busts The Online Poker Boom (CBS News, 10/04/06)
“House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., concerned that his involvement with the discredited Jack Abramoff (lobbyist for Indian gaming interests) might jeopardize his re-election prospects in November, instructed the House leadership to pass a bill restricting Internet gaming in the United States — no matter what it took. The House did just that.


Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., who would love to run for President in 2008, was eager to do the same in the Senate to show the vocal Christian right wing of his party that he shares their aversion to gambling. (Remember the Reagan days, when the conservative wing of the Republican Party won elections by railing against big government meddling in people’s lives? I guess those folks will have to vote Democratic now.)…”

Game Over for Internet Poker (13WHAM, 10/05/06)
“While debating the issue, Republicans have called Internet poker and gambling “evil,” equating it with terrorism and drug lords. U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus (R, AL) said, “Addicted to gambling, just like addicted to drugs. So there is a correlation between drug dealers and gambling sites…” [video]

Many Online Poker Rooms Continue to Accept U.S. Business (Bluff Magazine, 10/05/06)
“Bluff reported Monday that several online poker rooms, including PartyPoker.com and PacificPoker.com, have issued statements claiming they are temporarily suspending all business in the U.S. market after the signing of the “Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.” Many online poker rooms, however, issued statements claiming they have no plans to block American players and operations will continue as usual…”

A sea change for gambling (St. Petersburg Times, 10/05/06)
“The closest thing we’ve ever seen to this kind of widespread federal prohibition is Prohibition on alcohol,” Walters, an Orlando-area partner with the law firm of Weston, Garrou, DeWitt and Walters, said of the congressional legislation passed last weekend. “But here, we have a worldwide industry that has developed. It’s become a part of our culture and part of the global economy, and overnight the United States has criminalized this ongoing economic force.”

blogs:
Bombs Away on Internet Gambling (LewRockwell.com, 10/05/06)
“The fact that a small percentage of people go nuts over gambling and lose their shirts is no reason to prevent everyone else from gambling. A person can harm himself or his bank account doing a huge number of things: relaxing, vacationing, playing the stock market, driving fast, running, hunting, drinking, eating, swearing, smoking, making love, typing, reading, swimming, mountain climbing, taking drugs, and even working. How many online games are there such as World of Warcraft? Are they also a problem?…”

media:
“More On U.S. Anti-Gambling Legislation: Interview with Keith Furlong, VP Of Catania Consulting Group” (Ladies Night Poker Podcast, 10/05/2006)
[Direct link to mp3]

“Interview with Michael Bolcerek, President of The Poker Players Alliance” (Ladies Night Poker Podcast, 10/04/2006)
[Direct link to mp3]

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/05/06)

  1. Thanks for all the great information here on the site about the poker/gambling ban/act/law whatever you want to call it. One thing I didn’t find on your site that you and your visitors will likely find very useful is the place to sign up to vote in the US – so that they can vote for people who are not pushing online poker out… For a link to this voter registration (and a link to the PPA’s membership sign up form to support th defense actions) Online Poker Laws

    Keep up the great work.

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