Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/03/06)

articles:
GOP gets some blowback over efforts to curb online gambling (Mercury News, 11/03/06)

Law merely muddies online gaming waters (Chicago Sun Times, 11/03/06)

Clinton visit in Arizona may be dwarfed by internet gambling campaign against Kyl (Gambling911, 11/03/06)

Internet gamblers may determine Congressional majority (Casino City Times, 11/02/06)

The UK, the World Trade Organization, and the USA (Cardplayer, 11/02/06)

Grassroots Rally for Poker Rights Set for Tomorrow (Cardplayer, 11/02/06)

‘Poker craze is just getting started’ (Rocky Mountain News, 11/03/06)

blog:

Enemies of Poker (Bill Rini, 11/02/06)

excerpts:

GOP gets some blowback over efforts to curb online gambling (Mercury News, 11/03/06)
“A Republican-sponsored effort to clamp down on Internet gambling may turn out to be a bad bet for the GOP. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which President Bush signed into law Oct. 13, has infuriated many voters who enjoy betting on sports or playing poker online, analysts said…”


Law merely muddies online gaming waters (Chicago Sun Times, 11/03/06)
“News summations of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act gave the impression that when President Bush affixed his signature to the legislation on Oct. 13 it sounded the death knell for the multi-billion dollar Web based gambling industry…”

Clinton visit in Arizona may be dwarfed by internet gambling campaign against Kyl (Gambling911, 11/03/06)
“But it’s the internet gambling community that has relentlessly campaigned against Jon Kyl over the past week that has gained national attention and appears to be shifting the tide somewhat despite skeptics beliefs that this group is too niche to make a serious impact…”

Internet gamblers may determine Congressional majority (Casino City Times, 11/02/06)
“This largely apolitical group could well get politically motivated the first time they try to log on, and are told their small-stakes poker game has now been outlawed by the Republican leadership in Congress,” Balko wrote on FOXNews.com. “If this was a political move, there’s a good chance it’ll backfire, and cost the GOP more votes than it wins them.”

The UK, the World Trade Organization, and the USA (Cardplayer, 11/02/06)
“In the meantime, the World Trade Organization is moving forward with hearings to determine whether the U.S. is in compliance with its ruling last year. (Of course, we all know the U.S. is not in compliance, but still, the U.S. is entitled to a hearing.) As you may remember, last year the WTO ruled in favor of Antigua and Barbuda against the U.S. regarding the online gaming issue…”

Grassroots Rally for Poker Rights Set for Tomorrow (Cardplayer, 11/02/06)
“The movement, led by lobbyist Debbie Richardson, expects to bring at least 50 protesters to the country’s capital to make their feelings known regarding the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). “Whether we have 50 or 500, it only takes one voice to be heard,” Richardson told Card Player in a phone interview on her way to the rally. “If we lay down, they’ll lay down, and this will continue.”

‘Poker craze is just getting started’ (Rocky Mountain News, 11/03/06)
“Despite federal crackdowns on gambling, Meyers says NPPL games avoid legal hurdles because players don’t pay to play and aren’t risking any of their own money. “There is no gambling, no wagering of any kind,” Meyers said. “It’s similar to karaoke or trivia night.” The cream of the crop, though, can actually win money.”

blog:

Enemies of Poker (Bill Rini, 11/02/06)
“I haven’t completely vetted this list but this is the Enemies of Poker list put together by Let the People Play…”

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