Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/09/06)

articles:
Internet gambling bill would not prohibit online poker says Congresswoman (Gambling911, 10/09/06)

Mike Sexton to Fight Unlawful Internet Gaming Act (PokerNews, 10/09/06)

Net gambling no more? (Minnesota Daily, 10/09/06)

Betting on double standards in the US (Financial News, 10/09/06)

Analysis: Ban is more politics than poker (Las Vegas Sun, 10/08/06)

FIRST-PERSON: Putting a stop to Internet gambling (Baptist Press, 10/06/06)

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Internet gambling bill would not prohibit online poker says Congresswoman (Gambling911, 10/09/06)
 “This (internet gambling) legislation has a loophole big enough to drive a truck through that was designed solely to protect betting on horse racing and lotteries over the Internet,” says Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV), who went on the record with Gambling911.com’s Kira Wissman to discuss the impact, if any, this bill will have on internet gambling…”


Mike Sexton to Fight Unlawful Internet Gaming Act (PokerNews, 10/09/06)
“Sexton is drawing up a large media campaign this week to get the attention of the general public to the bill. He believes the Unlawful Internet Gaming Act infringes on the rights of American citizens. Sexton is heading to New York City to begin his campaign. In recent comments made about the act, Sexton said, “The mission is obviously to voice the displeasure with this bill that has been passed by Congress, and to speak up for the rights of poker players, and their right to play online poker.”

Net gambling no more? (Minnesota Daily, 10/09/06)
“Chani Wiggins, deputy chief of staff for Sen. Mark Dayton, D-Minn., said the process is the main issue regarding the act. “The biggest concern is whether this is a good bill or not. The way this was passed violates the very principles of democracy,” she said. “You have open debate, you don’t attach unrelated legislation to other bills just because they are going through; that is not a good way to do the people’s business…”

Betting on double standards in the US (Financial News, 10/09/06)
“Politically inspired legislation is hardly confined to the US, but the double standards on display are rivalled only by the French government. The law’s backers may rail about the pernicious effects of online gambling, but they seem happy with gambling itself. Groups such as Las Vegas Sands, Harrah’s and MGM Mirage are world leaders. Yet there has been no bill proposed to congress calling for the demolition of Atlantic City or Las Vegas…”

Analysis: Ban is more politics than poker (Las Vegas Sun, 10/08/06)
“The risk for bettors is that their favorite gambling site and payment processor might get spooked by the rules and block access. While there are repercussions for publicly traded companies abroad that don’t return players’ money, smaller, little-regulated sites could theoretically take the money and run…Players can rest easy with the feds. The FBI has not shown any desire to arrest gamblers in their homes, nor would the Justice Department have the time or resources to pursue that course of action…”

FIRST-PERSON: Putting a stop to Internet gambling (Baptist Press, 10/06/06)
“I believe that America needs this law because Internet gambling presents a serious and growing problem that existing laws don’t address. The new law passed because members of the pro-family movement — including a great many Southern Baptists — brought the issue to the attention of both Democrats and Republicans…”

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