Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/13/06)

articles:
Bush signs bill on port security, online gambling (Reuters, 10/13/06)

Bush Signs Ports Bill With Poker Provision (CBS News, 10/13/06)

Frist, Theocracy, And The Attack On Internet Poker (All In, 10/06)

Bay Area Players Prepare For Death Of Online Poker (NBC11, 10/12/06)

Overreaction & Under Reaction to the Internet Gaming Bill (Poker News, 10/13/06)

PokerStars says US gaming ban does not cover poker (Reuters, 10/12/06)

media:
Port Security (Fox News, 10/13/06)

press release:
President Bush Bans Internet Poker (Poker Players Alliance, 10/13/06)

excerpts:
Bush signs bill on port security, online gambling (Reuters, 10/13/06)
“President George W. Bush on Friday signed legislation to help protect U.S. ports against catastrophic September 11-style attacks as part of an election-year push on domestic security sought by both political parties. By signing the Safe Accountability For Every Port Act of 2006, Bush set in motion an unrelated ban on Internet gambling, drawing protests from a group representing the gambling industry…”


Bush Signs Ports Bill With Poker Provision (CBS News, 10/13/06)
“Industry observers fear many Internet gamblers will simply turn to black market on-line casinos. “The bad thing about the law is that it really drives out the operators who would be the most reputable,” says David Schwartz of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas”

Frist, Theocracy, And The Attack On Internet Poker (All In, 10/06)
“What does this mean to the common poker player? Simply it is a derogation of your liberties. In the days following the passage of the bill, some of the best run and regulated poker sites in the world announced they were closing their rooms to U.S. play. Many are British firms listed on the U.K. markets. You, the consumer, now may have to go to sites with less accountability to regulators to play poker. Caveat Emptor—but deservedly so because, according to the Frist mindset, you are sinners…”

Bay Area Players Prepare For Death Of Online Poker (NBC11, 10/12/06)
“More than 2,000 gambling sites exist, making it too accessible for addicts and too easy for kids to play, supporters of the law said. Some people advocate regulation and taxation of online gambling. Supporters of regulation said it could be a jackpot for the United States that would bring in more than $3 billion per year in taxes. If President Bush signs the bill banning all online betting, it will go into effect next year…”

Overreaction & Under Reaction to the Internet Gaming Bill (Poker News, 10/13/06)
“However, as a group the online poker sites have done nearly nothing to lobby Congress on behalf of their business model. One has to wonder with the political realities of 21st century American politics why the online sites took such a passive approach to this threat to their companies and their futures…”

PokerStars says US gaming ban does not cover poker (Reuters, 10/12/06)

“PokerStars, the world’s second-biggest Internet poker firm, said on Thursday that a looming U.S. ban on online gaming would not apply to poker, as it is a game of skill, and its business would continue as usual…”
media:
Port Security (Fox News, 10/13/06)

press release:
President Bush Bans Internet Poker (Poker Players Alliance, 10/13/06)
“Living poker legend Doyle Brunson said, “As a lifelong poker player, I can’t believe the underhanded way this new bill restricting online poker was passed through Congress. What does Internet poker have to do with the Safe Port Bill? We Texans don’t like this kind of trickery. Texas is a state where you can see an enemy coming, a friend is a friend, and you look someone straight in the eyes…”

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