Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/23/06) 2nd Ed.

articles:
Odds are, the online gambling curbs will never work (Houston Chronicle, 10/22/06)

Dem Says GOP’s Port Bill Tactics Hurt Bipartisan Relations (Congress Daily, 10/23/06)

Frist pleased with initial effects of UIGEA (Casino City Times, 10/23/06)

Little Change Seen in Problem Gamblers (The Oregonian, 10/21/06)

blog:
What the New US Gambling Bill Means for You. (Coach’s Poker Column, 10/06)

excerpts:
Odds are, the online gambling curbs will never work (Houston Chronicle, 10/22/06)
“The new law to curb gambling over the Internet has one good thing going for it: It won’t work. The measure requires banks and credit-card companies to block online gambling payments. It was sold as a moral response to the surge in Internet gambling. Actually, it is an economic response to the surge in competition against casinos, state lotteries, etc…”


Dem Says GOP’s Port Bill Tactics Hurt Bipartisan Relations (Congress Daily, 10/23/06)
Thompson faulted Homeland Security Chairman King for not allowing Democrats to offer amendments. King told Democrats when conference negotiations began that it was his intention to allow them to offer amendments. But no follow-up meeting was ever held. Thompson said he feels that King lied to him. “When a person tells you to your face that you will have an opportunity to offer an amendment and then just absolutely ignores his word, that damages all the good will that has gone before in the committee,” Thompson said.

Frist pleased with initial effects of UIGEA (Casino City Times, 10/23/06)
“I would say that it is succeeding,” said Frist’s press secretary Caroline Weyforth. “Internet gambling was illegal and people were ignoring that fact. Overseas companies were ignoring U.S. law and coming up with ways around our laws, so all this bill did was basically put a mechanism in place to enforce existing laws.”

Little Change Seen in Problem Gamblers (The Oregonian, 10/21/06)
“Thomas L. Moore, a Wilsonville consultant and the chief researcher, said the number of Internet gamblers is still small but “statistically significant” and “certainly bears watching.” In 2001, the same study found 2.3 percent of the state’s adult population were problem or pathological gamblers compared with 2.7 percent last year.”

blog:
What the New US Gambling Bill Means for You. (Coach’s Poker Column, 10/06)
“The “collateral damage” is enormous. Every other Internet poker site is going to lose most or all of an important part of its customer base—the US player. We need to take a closer look at the bill that was passed and visualize what is going to happen as a result. The law is going to put a big dent in poker for now, but it is far from the worst possible bill that could have been written…”

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