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

articles:
How horse racing avoided new US internet betting law (The Independent, 10/06/06)

Loopholes in U.S. Web gaming ban could snare execs (Reuters, 10/06/06)

Who is really in charge of the internet? (BBC News, 10/06/06)

Legal Landscape of Online Gaming Has Not Changed (Cardplayer, 10/05/06)

Despite crackdown, net gamblers not ready to fold (Post Gazette, 10/03/06)

Pros voice opinions about H.R. 4411 (PokerListings, 10/05/06)

The war on poker: Internet gambling is on its last legs (The Triangle, 10/06/06)

Theories abound if president scraps online betting (Tahoe Daily Tribune , 10/06/06)

media:

Congress Acts to Limit Internet Gambling by Americans (Voice of America, 10/05/06)

blog:
U.S. Politics is Quite a Joke (Daniel Negreanu-Cardplayer, 10/05/06)

A Few Random Thoughts About The Outcome of the Port Security Bill (Bill Rini, 10/04/06)

excerpt:
How horse racing avoided new US internet betting law (The Independent, 10/06/06)
“The American horse racing industry paid more than $3m (£1.6m) in political donations, and spent millions of dollars more on entertainment and “education”, to ensure its exemption from the new internet betting laws that sealed the destruction of offshore online gambling…Supporters of online betting expressed their fury, claiming powerful groups within the US had been able to “buy” exemptions…”


Loopholes in U.S. Web gaming ban could snare execs (Reuters, 10/06/06)
“But the shares staged a modest bounce on Friday on hopes the big players would consolidate and on talk that some operators plan to argue that poker is exempt from the U.S. ban as a game of skill…But John J. Farmer, a former attorney general of the State of New Jersey, told Reuters that approach might end up in court…”The language in the bill is not explicit,” he said. “I’ve been told some of the language was inserted to include poker. If people tried to exploit the ambiguity in the language, it would almost certainly end up in court.”

Who is really in charge of the internet? (BBC News, 10/06/06)

“Whether or not you approve of gambling or online gambling, and whether or not you think that this move smacks of hypocrisy or is a blatant attempt to protect the US gaming industry from overseas competition, the law provides a good example of how governments can control the internet…Instead of trying to manage the technology by banning poker-playing software or insisting that service providers block online gaming sites – neither of which would be effective anyway – the law puts pressure on the banks who actually move the money around…”

Legal Landscape of Online Gaming Has Not Changed (Cardplayer, 10/05/06)
“I have been analyzing legal issues for 25 years. I have gone to court thousands of times interpreting statutes and I have taught new lawyers the correct method by which a statute should be analyzed. For over 15 years I was part of a legal hotline where California attorneys would call me with a legal question. As this is my field of expertise, I am flabbergasted at the misinformation being perpetuated regarding the new bill…”

Despite crackdown, net gamblers not ready to fold (Post Gazette, 10/03/06)
“Still, many industry experts say that the U.S. can’t shut down online gambling completely. “Trying to stop Internet gambling is akin to trying to hold a wave on the sand and stop the ocean from sending any more,” said Alan Feldman, spokesman for Las Vegas-based casino giant MGM Mirage…Many of these online gambling sites don’t deal directly with U.S. consumers, but instead work through online intermediaries like Neteller.com, which transfer money from bank accounts to online businesses for a fee. For example, when a U.S. gambler sets up an account, the money is first sent to Neteller, which in turn deals with the gambling site. Even if the new law cracks down on some existing intermediaries, others may surface, raising questions about how well the law can be enforced…”

Pros voice opinions about H.R. 4411 (PokerListings, 10/05/06)

“PokerListings.com has contacted several of poker’s leading pros for their opinions, feelings and predictions regarding the passage of H.R. 4411, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, by the U.S. Congress Sept. 30, legislation which prohibits U.S. banks from processing payments to overseas Internet gambling venues, among other things…”

The war on poker: Internet gambling is on its last legs (The Triangle, 10/06/06)
“The popularity of poker has grown rapidly with the popularity of online poker. Many amateurs like me play online to gain experience and confidence before sitting down at a real table. Instead of cutting into revenues, online poker has bred more card players in general and therefore expanded the casinos’ client base. I would never have sat at a table in Atlantic City or Vegas if I hadn’t learned how to play online first…”

Theories abound if president scraps online betting (Tahoe Daily Tribune , 10/06/06)
“With a ban of online poker looming, Ron Tipton, poker room manager at Lakeside Inn and Casino, is hoping for a few blizzards this winter...With the expectation that President Bush will sign the bill, Tipton believes the casual bettor will lose interest and stop playing all together, possibly limiting the supply of what experienced players call “fish,” which will leave more predatory card handlers at the table…”

media:
Congress Acts to Limit Internet Gambling by Americans (Voice of America, 10/05/06)
“Some countries, however, see the act as a way to keep foreign companies out of the American gambling market. In two thousand three, the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda brought a dispute to the World Trade Organization. Antigua said American restrictions on Internet gambling went against W.T.O. rules on free trade. At first the W.T.O. took the side of Antigua, but the issue has not yet reached a final settlement…”

blog:
U.S. Politics is Quite a Joke (Daniel Negreanu-Cardplayer, 10/05/06)
“In a time where Italy recently announced that they will legalize online gambling and most European countries following suit, it just boggles my mind that the U.S. government fails to realize that A) they do not govern the world, B) they cannot put a stop to online gaming, and C) they are costing the American people billions and billions of dollars in tax dollars that they could use to spend on education, welfare… or just building more “pretty” bombs…”

A Few Random Thoughts About The Outcome of the Port Security Bill (Bill Rini, 10/04/06)
“Yes, my predictions are not of the feel good variety. It didn’t feel good writing them. The only hope out there is a carve out for poker or a WTO decision that is honored by the US that overturns this new law. Either way, neither will happen anytime soon. Six months or longer would be the most, most, most optimal timeframe. Eventually, I think the online gaming will become legal and regulated in the US but it’s not going to happen anytime soon. Getting a gambling ban has been a six year fight and now that they’ve got poker on the ropes they’re trying to pass even more stringent laws.”

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