Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/31/06)

articles:
Officials Seek Online Gambling Rules (Houston Chronicle, 10/31/06)

Professional Poker Players React to Online Gambling Bill (Poker News, 10/31/06)

media:
Regulation for the online gambling industry proposed (MSN UK, 10/31/06)

blog:
An Interview With Me (The Poker Chronicles, 10/31/2006)

research:
A Literature Review and Survey of Statistical Sources on Remote Gambling (RSe Consulting, 10/2006)

The Prevalence Of Disordered Gambling Among Adults In Oregon: A Replication Study (Oregon Gambling Addiction Treatment Foundation, 10/2006)

excerpt:
Officials Seek Online Gambling Rules (Houston Chronicle, 10/31/06)
“Britain’s culture secretary sought to build support among dozens of nations _ but not the U.S. _ for improved regulation of the global Internet gaming industry Tuesday at an international summit on the sector. Officials from more than 30 countries debated regulation measures just weeks after the United States effectively banned online gambling amid fears it could exploit children and encourage criminal activity…”


Professional Poker Players React to Online Gambling Bill (Poker News, 10/31/06)
“Over the past several weeks I asked have asked dozens of professional poker players their reaction to the recently passed internet gaming law. What I actually asked each player was: “Do you have a sound byte comment on the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act?”

media:
Regulation for the online gambling industry proposed (MSN UK, 10/31/06)

blog:
An Interview With Me (The Poker Chronicles, 10/31/2006)
“A college student emailed me with a list of questions for a paper he is writing, and I thought I’d post them, with my responses (with his permission) here for y’all to read.
1. How has the passing of the UIGEA affected you so far? It seems to have decimated the action at limit hold’em tables above $10/$20. It’s dropped the total number of tables in every game to be sure. It hasn’t made it any harder to play per se, but it’s definitely reduced the number of places to play at…”

research:

A Literature Review and Survey of Statistical Sources on Remote Gambling (RSe Consulting, 10/2006)
“Conclusions: 1) The highly competitive nature of the industry makes the reputation of operators key – players will desert sites if play is not seen to be fair and open; 2) Some ‘micro’ regulations, legal and technology frameworks such as age verification controls, kite-marks etc., when adopted appear to be effective;” [pdf]

The Prevalence Of Disordered Gambling Among Adults In Oregon: A Replication Study (Oregon Gambling Addiction Treatment Foundation, 10/2006)
“This study confirms the finding previously reported by Volberg (2001) that the prevalence rate of disordered gambling is being kept in check. This is most likely due to ongoing aggressive “play responsible” media efforts by the Lottery and the largest prevention and treatment system in the nation.” [pdf]

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