Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/27/06)

articles:
Jowell compares US gambling ban to prohibition (The Guardian, 10/27/06)

Online gambling default (The Washington Times, 10/27/06)

A real race emerges after first governor’s debate (Orlando Sentinel, 10/26/06)

Online Gambling and Online Poker Players- Its Pay Back Time Kyl! (OnlineCasino, 10/27/06)

Firm raises online poker stakes (MetroWest Daily News, 10/27/06)

Gambling Ban a Bust (Campus Progress, 10/27/06)

blog:

The Party Poker Puzzle (Freakonomics, 10/26/06)

excerpts:
Jowell compares US gambling ban to prohibition (The Guardian, 10/27/06)
“Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, attacked the US government yesterday over its crackdown on online gambling and warned that the policy could become a modern-day version of prohibition…Speaking ahead of the first-ever international summit on remote gambling being held at Royal Ascot next Tuesday, Ms Jowell told the Financial Times: “America should have learnt the lessons of prohibition.”


Online gambling default (The Washington Times, 10/27/06)
“Although the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act did not change the legal status of online gambling, two of its main sponsors, Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa and Sen. John Kyl of Arizona, both Republicans, called it a “ban.” Perhaps taking a cue from these misleading descriptions, Forbes reported “the new act now categorically outlaws online gambling,” while The Washington Post (in a story the Seattle Times ran under the headline “U.S. outlaws Internet gambling”) claimed “placing bets over the Internet was effectively criminalized.”

A real race emerges after first governor’s debate (Orlando Sentinel, 10/26/06)
“Millions of Americans — and many Central Floridians — logged on to their regular poker and gambling sites recently only to learn that Congress had pulled the plug on their favorite pastime. But if you’re looking for a sympathetic elected ear to which you can complain, you’re out of luck…”

Online Gambling and Online Poker Players- Its Pay Back Time Kyl! (OnlineCasino, 10/27/06)
“A growing initiative to unseat Kyl from his comfortable Senate appointment. Kyl reportedly has ambitions to become the Republican majority leader in the Senate following Senator Bill Frist’s departure. According to online-casinos.com: Both Republicans played a major role in ramming the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act through Congress in the closing minutes of the pre-election session, angering millions of Americans who regard online poker and online gambling as an entertainment of choice.”

Firm raises online poker stakes (MetroWest Daily News, 10/27/06)
“NLOP makes its money through online advertising deals and promotions, he said, and revenue would grow with a bigger membership and the higher number of “eyeballs” — or page views — that comes with it. Since Sept. 1, NLOP.com has added more than 35,000 poker players. “We’re aiming to grow that database by hundreds of thousands in a very short period of months,” Clebnik said…”

Gambling Ban a Bust (Campus Progress, 10/27/06)
“In the next few weeks, that number will likely drop to something pretty close to zero, because many gaming sites have shut out U.S. players in response to legislation signed by President Bush on October 13. Coming just weeks before a pivotal election, the legislation could be a timely reminder for gamblers that electoral politics can be as powerful as the flip of a card—and, if left unchecked, as capricious…”

blog:

The Party Poker Puzzle (Freakonomics, 10/26/06)
“I’ve got a friend who is both a professional poker player and an economist. Just minutes after Party Poker said it would close its doors to Americans, he made a good point: why didn’t they just sell the company to a group of private investors who were willing to absorb the risks associated with dealing with Americans? Is there no one out there with $5 billion who could buy the site and keep it operating? That person wouldn’t be able to come into the U.S. without getting arrested, but otherwise is unlikely to face serious legal repercussions…”

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