Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/24/06)

articles:
Online Gambling Ban a Bad Bet for Republicans (Fox News, 10/23/06)

Video Poker-Playing Criminals! (Los Angeles Times, 10/24/06)

Don’t worry — your fantasy habit is OK (Mansfield News Journal, 10/22/06)

Poker Players Alliance Has Been Everywhere (CardPlayer, 10/24/06)

blogs:
Checking in with Nolan Dalla on the UIGEA and the Growing Reach of Government (Kick Ass Poker, 10/24/06)

excerpt:
Online Gambling Ban a Bad Bet for Republicans (Fox News, 10/23/06)
“The two Republican congressmen pushing the ban in the House of Representatives, for example, — Rep. Jim Leach and Rep. Bob Goodlatte — tried for months to sell the ban as an effort to exorcise the scourge of Jack Abramoff from the Congress and the Republican party, as if Abramoff were the reason the bill never passed in the first place. In fact, the bill we now have is nearly identical to the bill Jack Abramoff would have wanted…”


Video Poker-Playing Criminals! (Los Angeles Times, 10/24/06)
“But I didn’t expect Congress to pass the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, treating people who spend all day at partypoker.com like criminals. Maybe I’m a traditionalist, but I think of criminals as people who I can’t beat up and who do math slower than I do…”

Don’t worry — your fantasy habit is OK (Mansfield News Journal, 10/22/06)
“According to Fantasy Sports Magazine, language in the bill will keep fantasy games exempt. It includes a stipulation that Internet gambling law won’t apply as long as outcomes are determined by skill and results derived from multiple contests. Another close call — fantasy baseball providers survived a challenge from the MLB Players Association earlier this year that would have sent fees for online leagues skyrocketing, at worst. In this case, I don’t quite get how picking horses is more of a game of skill than picking ball games, but that’s exempt, too…”

Poker Players Alliance Has Been Everywhere (CardPlayer, 10/24/06)
“Bolcerek has appeared on Fox, CNN, CNBC, as well as more than 60 local stations around the country, to get these messages out: Poker is a game of skill, the government is unfairly impeding in its residents’ lives, the best public policy is to tax and regulate poker, and poker players should continue to fight…”

blogs:
Checking in with Nolan Dalla on the UIGEA and the Growing Reach of Government (Kick Ass Poker, 10/24/06)
I’d sought some quotes from Nolan in connection with a couple of pieces I’d worked on for another site, but new deadlines and a crush of material in this very busy time precluded Nolan’s comments from being used for their original purpose. Nonetheless, what Nolan had to say was important, concise, and above all, very knowledgable. Nolan has graciously consented to allow his comments to appear here, and we’re all the richer for it.

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