Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/07/06)

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articles:
A victory for internet gambling as Jim Leach gets voted out (Gambling911, 11/08/06)


Online Gambling Bill Sponsor Jim Leach Defeated (Poker News, 11/08/06)

UIGEA sponsors in close U.S. election race (Pokerlistings, 11/07/06)

Poker: gambling or sport? (The Stanford Daily, 11/08/06)

Youths at risk of becoming problem gamblers: poll (CTV, 11/07/06)

blogs:
Jim Leach, UIGEA architect, ousted from Congress (Up for Poker, 11/08/06)

How Did Poker Players Make Out in This Election? (Bill Rini, 11/08/06)

Oh Happy Day, Oh Happy Day (Mean Gene, 11/08/06)

Politics of Poker (The Poker Chronicles, 11/08/06)


excerpts:

A victory for internet gambling as Jim Leach gets voted out (Gambling911, 11/08/06)
“In an extremely close race, challenger Dave Loebsack pulled off what may have been the biggest surprise of Iowa’s election night, unseating long-time U.S. Rep. Jim Leach for election to the 2nd District congressional seat…”

Online Gambling Bill Sponsor Jim Leach Defeated (Poker News, 11/08/06)
“While the rest of the US will be discussing the Democratic victories that secured a House majority and a potential Senate majority, most online poker players will be discussing a single victory; the one that unseated 30 year incumbent Republican Jim Leach.”

UIGEA sponsors in close U.S. election race (Pokerlistings, 11/07/06)
“All of the 435 seats in the House of Congress are up for grabs, as well as 33 Senate seats. While the Republicans – the party responsible for the recent Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and Internet Gambling Prohibition Act (IPGA) – now hold a majority in both governing bodies, many pollsters indicate the Democrats could be poised to take both the U.S. Senate and the House…”

Poker: gambling or sport? (The Stanford Daily, 11/08/06)
That was, of course, until Congress passed the Safe Port Act, which includes the stipulation that online gambling will now be illegal in the United States. As a result, almost all the major poker websites have stopped taking bets from players that have a permanent address in the US. Obviously, there are ways to get around most laws, but by and large, the online industry has been cut down.

Youths at risk of becoming problem gamblers: poll (CTV, 11/07/06)
“While fewer people overall are gambling, the poll by Ipsos-Reid for the Responsible Gambling Council indicates more people under the age of 34 are playing poker for money online. Just over one-third of poll respondents under 34 said they play poker for money, while half of them said they are playing more today than they were two years ago. Almost one-quarter of those said they play at least once a week…”

blogs:
Jim Leach, UIGEA architect, ousted from Congress (Up for Poker, 11/08/06)
“In a race that Republicans ignored because they didn’t think it could be lost, in a race the national media ignored because they didn’t see it as a potential pick-up for Democrats, in a race that even the candidate didn’t think he could lose, Rep. James Leach (R-IA) lost his seat to a guy named Loebsack…”

How Did Poker Players Make Out in This Election? (Bill Rini, 11/08/06)
“Of the six races, four have been decided in favor of poker players with two races still too close to call.”

Oh Happy Day, Oh Happy Day (Mean Gene, 11/08/06)
Stay involved, people. I for one am wondering how receptive the new Democratic majority would be to, oh, passing a law making online poker a legal and taxable activity? You know these perfidious Democrats, tax and spend, tax and spend, that’s all they know.

Politics of Poker (The Poker Chronicles, 11/08/06)
“I’d like to think a Democratic one will be more open to the idea of regulation, but I just don’t believe it. I’ve seen no evidence that the Dems will help us out. I realize that it was a select group of Republicans who got this legislation tacked onto a port security bill in the first place, via the usual shady methods, and that makes it all the more satisfying to see their party’s wholesale slaughter at the polls, but I don’t think it really puts us on a better footing as poker players…”

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