Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/25/06)

articles:
Online gamblers find they can’t (The Plain Dealer, 10/25/06)

New law may hurt World Series of Poker (MSNBC, 10/24/06)

Experts: Ban Won’t Stop Web Gambling (Houston Chronicle, 10/24/06)

Crackdown Won’t Stop Gambling Sites’ Ads (Houston Chronicle, 10/24/06)

Bettor options (TownHall.com, 10/25/06)

Who Profits from Online Poker Prohibition? (PokerPages, 10/25/06)


excerpts:

Online gamblers find they can’t (The Plain Dealer, 10/25/06)
Goodlatte said he’s just getting started. For his next move, he said, he will try to rewrite the federal Wire Act to clarify that it applies to all forms of online gambling, making it “crystal clear” that millions of American online gamblers are felons.


New law may hurt World Series of Poker (MSNBC, 10/24/06)
“Observers say the recently enacted U.S. law that bans gambling online could cut into the number of entrants to the planet’s richest card game — the World Series of Poker…With the law banning banks from processing Internet gambling transfers set to be enforced before next year’s tournament, the well of poker players is expected to dry up…”

Experts: Ban Won’t Stop Web Gambling (Houston Chronicle, 10/24/06)
“The “Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act” goes after the money, not the millions of players, which would be nearly impossible to enforce. It will essentially try to choke off the way Americans fund their gambling habits, hoping to prevent the transfer of dollars to the popular Internet sites.”

Crackdown Won’t Stop Gambling Sites’ Ads (Houston Chronicle, 10/24/06)
“The question over the legality the ads comes amid a big crackdown on Internet gambling. President Bush signed legislation Oct. 13 prohibiting credit card and electronic fund transfer companies from processing the financial transactions U.S. players often use to settle online wagers…”

Bettor options (TownHall.com, 10/25/06)
“On Oct. 20, one week after President Bush signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, the Australian company Betcorp announced the sale of its online casino and sports betting operations in Antigua and Toronto. Because of the new law, the company said, “it is no longer possible” to serve U.S. residents, who represented 85 percent of its customers…”

Who Profits from Online Poker Prohibition? (PokerPages, 10/25/06)
“Three admittedly ‘cynical but regrettably realistic’ answers cited were: “1) most often to satisfy a special interest group 2) to forward someone’s political career, 3) for the unfortunately least-frequent reason of benefiting the people Congress is supposed to represent.”

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/25/06)

  1. I really wish there were more ariletcs like this on the web.

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