Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/16/06) 2nd Ed.

articles:
You, In The Boxers. Take Your Hands Off That Straight Flush And Move Away From The Keyboard (The Gaggle, 10/13/06)

Online gambling sites running ads in New York (The Buffalo News, 10/16/06)

Congress should study, not ban, ‘Net gambling (Las Vegas Business Press, 10/16/06)

Slipping tech laws in via the back door (CNet, 10/14/06)

blog:
PPA President speaks out (ESPN.com, 10/13/06)

excerpts:
You, In The Boxers. Take Your Hands Off That Straight Flush And Move Away From The Keyboard (The Gaggle, 10/13/06)
“The new law will attempt to stop internet poker by going after banks and credit card companies that handle transactions between players and online poker sites. The bill was a darling of religious conservatives, anti-gambling groups and the National Football League, which won an exemption for fantasy football leagues…”


Online gambling sites running ads in New York (The Buffalo News, 10/16/06)
“Despite repeated warnings from law enforcement officials, offshore Internet gambling companies have continued to advertise heavily in the United States. Giant billboards in Manhattan, some several stories high, brazenly advertise Internet gambling sites like Sportsbook.com, now based in Antigua…”

Congress should study, not ban, ‘Net gambling (Las Vegas Business Press, 10/16/06)
“Without any real debate, Congress enacted a far-reaching ban on Internet gambling and, overnight, made criminals out of the millions of Americans who have been playing poker and placing sports bets on the Internet. Many commentators have put the bill down to simple politics: Cultural conservatives facing a restive base now have at least won one battle against immorality and porous borders alike…”

Slipping tech laws in via the back door (CNet, 10/14/06)
“But the problem is that the technique has become commonplace, meaning that even the sniping sessions that have come to define debate in the U.S. Congress are bypassed. Voters also lose a chance to learn how our supposed public servants vote on specific topics, rather than on a 300-page bill with scores of unrelated components…”

blog:
PPA President speaks out (ESPN.com, 10/13/06)
“On Friday the 13th, President Bush signed into law the SAFE Port Act, a bill to enhance our nation’s port security. And included in the bill was the Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act, which threatens the future of online poker…”

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