Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/13/06) 2nd Ed.

articles:
Bush signs port-security, Internet gaming bill (USA Today, 10/13/06)

Poker.com Offers U.S. Poker Player Freeroll (CardPlayer, 10/13/06)

UIGEA May Score Politically, But It Can Be Beaten (Online-Casinos, 10/13/06)

Could Online Poker Law Raise The Stakes on Free Linking? (Electronic Frontier Foundation, 10/12/06)

The Net — with borders (p2pnet, 10/13/06)

The house wins in Internet gambling, too (Washington Examiner, 10/13/06)

media:
Bets Off For Online Casinos? (CBS News, 10/13/06)

Sports to Go (USA Today, 10/13/06)


excerpts:
Bush signs port-security, Internet gaming bill (USA Today, 10/13/06)
“The Internet gambling provision tackles the difficult task of enforcing bans by prohibiting players from using credit cards, checks and electronic fund transfers to settle their online wagers. The measure’s supporters include the National Football League as well as conservative and anti-gambling groups. Some banking groups have lobbied against it…”


Poker.com Offers U.S. Poker Player Freeroll (CardPlayer, 10/13/06)
“In a strategic move to attract potential U.S. poker players, Poker.com is inviting all U.S. players to join in a $5,000 freeroll called the “Freedom Freeroll.” Created to celebrate the site’s decision to continue honoring U.S. players and their hard-earned dollars, Poker.com is also trying to raise awareness among U.S. players by urging all players to join the Pokers Players Alliance…”

UIGEA May Score Politically, But It Can Be Beaten (Online-Casinos, 10/13/06)
“The worst-case scenario is they’ll put in place some measures that will put a crimp on the industry for a while,” said Sebastian Sinclair, a gaming analyst with Christiansen Capital Advisors who has been tracking the online gambling sector almost since its inception. “I don’t think anyone — well, maybe except for those in Washington — believes that the industry won’t recover…”

Could Online Poker Law Raise The Stakes on Free Linking? (Electronic Frontier Foundation, 10/12/06)
“In so doing, the bill also singles out “interactive computer services” (ICS) like ISPs or website hosting services and then defines what a court can force them to do under this law. So long as an ICS is not running an unlawful gambling site itself, a court can at most require the service provider to remove hyperlinks or block access to sites hosted on their servers…”

The Net — with borders (p2pnet, 10/13/06)
“Of course this just makes it even clearer that the issue is one of politics, not technology. The banks were targetted because companies offering financial services need to look honest. Deliberately flouting the law is bad for customer and investor confidence, so they can be relied on to follow even unreasonable rules…”

The house wins in Internet gambling, too (Washington Examiner, 10/13/06)
“However, this new law would shift the responsibility of enforcement from the government to private financial institutions. Not only will it place undue burdens on these companies by forcing them to comply or face prosecution, but it also potentially exposes private financial records to regular government inspection and will almost certainly impose compliance costs on these parties, which will undoubtedly be passed along to consumers…”

media:
Bets Off For Online Casinos? (CBS News, 10/13/06)
“One of the fastest growing activities in America is playing poker for money online. Now a new law targets Internet casinos and the cash they payout. Jim Acosta reports the winners aren’t happy.”

Sports to Go (USA Today, 10/13/06) [real audio]
Poker star Annie Duke, our guest on this week’s Sports to Go podcast, draws a distinction between the skill of poker and the sheer luck of lotteries and roulette, and she points out the math and business skills that can be developed at the virtual poker table. She’s betting on a lot of litigation in the future.

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