Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/12/06)

articles:
Virtual casinos brace for big hit (Chicago Tribune, 10/12/06)

Poker players refuse to fold to Congress (Casino City Times, 10/12/06)


Internet poker war? (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/12/06)

Online poker’s future stuck in muddy state (San Antonio-Express News, 10/11/06)

Good News: The Tide is Turning (Cardplayer, 10/11/06)

media:
Online gambling crippled by new US legislation (CBC, 10/11/06)

Swann, Rendell On The Gambling Issue (KDKA, 10/04/06)

press release:
Bloggers Rush to Save Online Poker in US (United States of Poker, 10/12/06)


excerpts:
Virtual casinos brace for big hit (Chicago Tribune, 10/12/06)
“Online poker players are nervously awaiting President Bush’s expected signature this week on legislation that would kick them out of their virtual casinos. The measure, designed to block the financial transactions that fuel Internet gambling, was quietly attached to a port security bill before Congress adjourned in late September.”

Poker players refuse to fold to Congress (Casino City Times, 10/12/06)
“If I am the ambassador of poker, I need to step up and do something for the rights of poker players,” Sexton said…Other top poker players are speaking out as well. Annie Duke, winner of the 2004 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, recently filmed a “freeSpeech” segment for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. The segment may air later this week. Sexton, Duke, Barry Greenstein and PPA President Michael Bolcerek are also hoping to make appearances on CNN’s Headline News, CNBC’s On the Money, and other cable news programming…”

Internet poker war? (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/12/06)
“The American people should be outraged that Congress has hijacked a vital security bill with a poker prohibition bill that nearly three-fourths of the country opposes. Allowing this bill to become law would run contrary to public opinion and would damage an already fractured relationship between the government and the people…”

Online poker’s future stuck in muddy state (San Antonio-Express News, 10/11/06)
“There is a lot of confusion for the players, and deservedly so. Whether they are playing for fun, pocket change or a living, an estimated 3 million people in this country play online poker regularly…Legislators choose to attack poker, but allow online and telephone wagering of horse races and eagerly promote nearly impossible-to-win lotteries that produce odds comparable to a lightning strike to the head…”
Good News: The Tide is Turning (Cardplayer, 10/11/06)
“In the past few days, we have received definitive confirmation that the following companies are not pulling out of the United States: Full Tilt, Bodog, Full Contact Poker, Doyle’s Room and the Doyle Brunson Network, and Absolute Poker are all in! We also have good authority that Ultimate Bet’s intention is to accept US customers…”

media:
Online gambling crippled by new US legislation (CBC, 10/11/06)

Swann, Rendell On The Gambling Issue (KDKA, 10/04/06)
“Lynn Swann and Ed Rendell debate the role of casinos and gambling in Pennsylvania.”

press release:

Bloggers Rush to Save Online Poker in US (United States of Poker, 10/12/06)
“One blog which is taking the fight on is http://unitedstatesofpoker.blogspot.com . It has a list of US-accepting sites plus other info. The owner of this blog, Joey Deakin, commented recently, “This absolutely does NOT spell the end for Poker players in the US. I predict you will see a few shut down, but there’s enough offshore sites which will keep the game going for everyone.”

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