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

article:
Media Blitz Is On for Poker Players Alliance (Cardplayer, 10/10/06)

Pro Poker Players Speak About Gambling Act (Cardplayer, 10/10/06)

Deitch on Poker: Lawmakers off the mark with online poker (Delco Times, 10/10/06)

Flying under the radar (The Rebel Yell, 10/09/06)

Net Gambling Lobbyists Lose Big (Legal Times, 10/10/06)

media:
Online Gambling (OnPoint Radio, 10/09/06)

Gus Hansen & PPA President – Michael Bolcerek (Bluff Radio, 10/04/06)

press release:
CardPlayer.com Unveils Poker’s Most Extensive Legislation News Archive (Cardplayer, 10/09/06)

InternetTexasHoldem.com Provides Internet Poker Players Guide to U.S. Unlawful Online Gambling Bill & Legislation (internettexasholdem.com, 10/10/06)


excerpt:

Media Blitz Is On for Poker Players Alliance (Cardplayer, 10/10/06)
“The president of the Poker Players Alliance and three professional players are making themselves available to media outlets this week to talk about online poker and the anti-online gambling legislation that George Bush is expected to sign into law possibly as soon as Friday…”

Pro Poker Players Speak About Gambling Act (Cardplayer, 10/10/06)
“Pro Players Condemn Passage of Bill. While the online poker world continues to hold its breath after the recent industry shake-up, many of today’s top professional poker players are offering up their takes on the passage of the Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Card Player caught up with several players at the Festa Al Lago tournament series at Bellagio to gage the player’s response to the recent legislative happenings…”

Deitch on Poker: Lawmakers off the mark with online poker (Delco Times, 10/10/06)
“Want to talk about exploitation of people with a gambling weakness? Walk into a 7-Eleven when the Powerball reaches nine figures and watch minimum-wage workers dump a week’s wages onto those pink tickets. Anyway, back to poker. It is a game of skill, one in which the players have the power to make decisions about the fate of their hands. Is it right that overseas entities are enjoying the game’s popularity and raking in hundreds of millions of tax-free American dollars?…”

Flying under the radar (The Rebel Yell, 10/09/06)
“Sen. Bill Frist, R–Tenn., and his Republican Party were making an effort to mold society as they snuck a piece of legislation into the unconnected Port Security Bill. Without debate or much publicity, the Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 was passed. This is an illustration that Congress can get stuff done whenever it wants. It is an ironic and malicious attempt to win an election whose goal was to please its conservative religious base…”

Net Gambling Lobbyists Lose Big (Legal Times, 10/10/06)
Currently, it is illegal for online gambling companies to operate in the United States or for U.S. residents to place bets on the Internet, with the exception of parimutuel horse racing, which enjoys an exemption from the law. Frist’s former aide Martin Gold of Covington & Burling led the charge for the National Football League, assisted by National Basketball Association lobbyist Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods. While they pushed for the overall ban, Gold and Donatelli made the case to lawmakers that fantasy sports leagues should be left untouched.

media:

Online Gambling (OnPoint, 10/09/06)
Billions of American dollars are spent every year at offshore internet gambling sites, but Congress is trying to stamp out this steady flow of online gambling money.

Gus Hansen & PPA President – Michael Bolcerek (Bluff Radio, 10/04/06)

press release:

CardPlayer.com Unveils Poker’s Most Extensive Legislation News Archive (Cardplayer, 10/09/06)
“CardPlayer.com, the largest poker information portal, recently unveiled a new section of its website dedicated to the latest online gambling legislation news. The section, available at http://www.cardplayer.com/poker_law, contains a condensed archive of all Card Player’s reporting on the recent passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act…”

InternetTexasHoldem.com Provides Internet Poker Players Guide to U.S. Unlawful Online Gambling Bill & Legislation (internettexasholdem.com, 10/10/06)
“In an act that seems more like extending US economic colonialism into cyberspace than eliminating the country’s moral turpitude, the US Congress succeeded in confusing the heck out of a lot of online poker players in the US. Internet Texas Holdem, the premier Poker Community on the web and brainchild of Poker Author & Pro Matthew Hilger, examines how and why this recent legislation affects a US citizen’s right to play Online Poker…”

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