Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/16/06)

articles:
Prohibition II: Good Grief (Newsweek, 10/06)

Will You Be Arrested For Playing Poker Online? (Poker Player, 10/16/06)

I Want You To Stop Playing (The Chronicle Telegram, 10/15/06)

Congress puts a chokehold on virtual casinos for good reason (Portland Press Herald, 10/15/06)

Web gambling sites keep advertising, despite crackdown (International Herald Tribune, 10/14/06)

Net gambling sites pulling bets off table (Daily News, 10/14/06)

Internet gambling law targets banks (DesMoines Register, 10/14/06)

President Signs Bill Aimed at Limiting Online Gambling (Online NewsHour, 10/13/06)

The scourge of online poker (The Minnesota Daily, 10/13/06)

press release:
It’s Time for US Poker Players to Find a New Place to Play (StartMySuccess.com, 10/15/06)

excerpts:
Prohibition II: Good Grief (Newsweek, 10/06)
“Perhaps Prohibition II is being launched because Prohibition I worked so well at getting rid of gin. Or maybe the point is to reassure social conservatives that Republicans remain resolved to purify Americans’ behavior. Incorrigible cynics will say Prohibition II is being undertaken because someone stands to make money from interfering with other people making money…”

Will You Be Arrested For Playing Poker Online? (Poker Player, 10/16/06)
“Half the states do have ancient, and not-so-ancient, laws on the books making it a crime, sometimes, to merely make a bet. The most scary is the statute that went into effect on June 7, 2006, potentially making it a felony to merely play poker online from the state of Washington. But the law was really designed to allow the state to go after operators. They don’t have any interest in mere players…”

I Want You To Stop Playing (The Chronicle Telegram, 10/15/06)
“But like thousands of Americans across the country, he’s in danger of losing his income source. President Bush signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 into law on Friday, prohibiting banks, credit card companies and other financial intermediaries from processing online gambling transactions in the U.S.”

Congress puts a chokehold on virtual casinos for good reason (Portland Press Herald, 10/15/06)
“But the people spoke louder,” Clark said. “People really do understand the dangers of Internet gambling, and they’re not about to let this menace loose on every home and office in the country.” It has all the negative aspects combined with an electronic delivery system. Electronic gaming machines have long been called the “crack cocaine” of gambling, Clark noted. Internet gambling is especially damaging to the local economy. Every cent of every dollar these sites get is entirely lost from the community…”

Web gambling sites keep advertising, despite crackdown (International Herald Tribune, 10/14/06)
“ESPN, for example, runs ads for online poker sites during its broadcasts of the Word Series of Poker, but says it does so only for Web pages that do not actually process bets. “We only accept advertising for educational, learn-to-play, for-free sites,” said ESPN spokeswoman Keri Potts…”

Net gambling sites pulling bets off table (Daily News, 10/14/06)
“He said individual bettors would not be breaking the law, but representatives of financial institutions processing payments to online gambling companies could face up to five years in prison. They have nine months to update their systems to take account of the bill, he said. Companies promised bettors yesterday they would not lose existing accounts. Payment processing firm Neteller said there was no risk to money already deposited…”

Internet gambling law targets banks (DesMoines Register, 10/14/06)
“Internet gambling adds nothing to the economy, he said, but carries heavy costs in terms of higher credit rates and as a vehicle for money laundering. The negative impact has been enormous, Leach said, not just on families that have lost homes and seen marriages dissolve because of rapidly escalating online losses but also on American society as a whole…”

President Signs Bill Aimed at Limiting Online Gambling (Online NewsHour, 10/13/06)
“Now that the bill has been signed, federal regulators have 270 days to create regulations on how to block internet gambling-related financial transactions. “I think that we’re probably going to see a multi-phase result. the first phase, which is now, is chaos because there is a lack of predictability of what is going to happen,” said Rothken, adding, “a large part of this law will be determined in the next 270-days…”

The scourge of online poker (The Minnesota Daily, 10/13/06)
“Recently, U.S. Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, argued, “There is nothing in Internet gambling that adds to the (gross domestic product) or makes America more competitive in the world.” Likewise, a spokesman for Leach later added that “gambling from your bedroom or living room or dormitory is not a socially useful activity.” Because it is not often that I agree with Republicans, I like to highlight the times that I do. This is one of those times…”

press release:
It’s Time for US Poker Players to Find a New Place to Play (StartMySuccess.com, 10/15/06)
“With the recent online gaming bill being signed into action today by U.S president George Bush also known as the “UIGEA”, several large poker sites have closed their doors to the US poker and online gaming market leaving US poker players looking for alternate venues to play poker online, ones that still accepts wagers from those who reside in the USA…”

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