Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/26/06)

Early Effects of UIGEA on Selected Sites from PokerSiteScout.com

(Average real money ring game player counts, Sept. 1-Oct. 19)

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headlines:

Legal Gambling & Poker in Texas to Return? (Poker Pages, 10/26/06)

Jon Kyl opponent not against internet gambling (Gambling911, 10/26/05)

Jeff Haney on poker’s continuing popularity growth in spite of legislation outlawing online games (Las Vegas Sun, 10/25/06)

Looking In On: Washington (Las Vegas Sun, 10/24/06)

blog:
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Act and the Tax Revenue the United States Government Could Have Had (The Journal of the Business Law Society, 10/26/06)

Email: Poker Players Pissed (TheAgitator, 10/25/06)

Missing in Action: 3,000 Online Poker Players (Lou Krieger, 10/19/06)

excerpt:
Legal Gambling & Poker in Texas to Return? (Poker Pages, 10/26/06)
“Gambling is playing a more important part than ever in various States’ Governor races and towards balancing state budgets. Candidates for Texas governor have received more than $2 million from gambling interests.”


Jon Kyl opponent not against internet gambling (Gambling911, 10/26/05)
“With the Arizona Senate race heating up, Democratic challenger Jim Pederson is now within 5 percentage points of Republican Jon Kyl. The online gambling community is set to unleash a massive campaign against Kyl, who co-sponsored a law that sets out to prohibit some forms of online gambling while carving out a niche for horse racing…”

Jeff Haney on poker’s continuing popularity growth in spite of legislation outlawing online games (Las Vegas Sun, 10/25/06)
“The international poker tournament circuit is hurtling toward its saturation point, and recent congressional legislation has placed a damper on the online poker party. Yet those downers haven’t been able to put a bad beat on World Poker Tour action in Las Vegas, said Doug Dalton, the director of poker operations at the Bellagio.”

Looking In On: Washington (Las Vegas Sun, 10/24/06)
“Could a cornerstone of Republicans’ American Values Agenda – the just passed law to ban Internet gambling – come back to bite the party on Nov. 7? That’s the prognosis of poker-playing scholar Charles Murray, who warned in a recent newspaper opinion piece of the political damage Republicans may face from the nation’s poker-playing masses this fall. An estimated 8 million Americans gamble online…”

blog:

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Act and the Tax Revenue the United States Government Could Have Had (The Journal of the Business Law Society, 10/26/06)
“Many people who gamble on-line will tell you that October 13, 2006 truly was an unlucky day. On that Friday, President Bush signed into law the Unlawful Internet Gambling act.[1]. The bill makes it illegal for banks and credit card companies to transact with online gambling companies.[2]…”

Email: Poker Players Pissed (TheAgitator, 10/25/06)
“Response to my Fox column on the Internet gambling ban has been brisk and angry. I’ve received about 75 messages in strong opposition to the ban, just two supporting it. More interestingly, many of those in opposition describe themselves as either apolitical, conservative, or advocates of limited government. And because of this issue alone, they’re all voting for the Democrats…”

Missing in Action: 3,000 Online Poker Players (Lou Krieger, 10/19/06)
“An interesting graph at Poker Scout, a site that tracks online poker traffic, shows the early effects of UIGEA on selected Internet poker sites, specifically: Party Poker, Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker, and Paradise Poker.”

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