Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/27/06)

articles:
Prohibition 2.0: More On The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (Poker Player Newspaper, 11/27/06)

Gambling Web sites deal with federal ban (ASU Web Devil, 11/27/06)

The dark side of gambling (Suffolk News-Herald, 11/25/06)

Can the UIGEA survive the new Congress? (Poker Works, 11/22/06)

Things About Poker I’m Thankful for This Thanksgiving (Poker News, 11/23/06)

blogs:
Help the PPA Help You (Bill Rini, 11/23/06)

InstaPoker (Dallas SWAT edition) (Pokerati, 11/25/06)

Poker Politics (All Hope Lost, 11/25/06)

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself… (Pokerati, 11/22/06)


excerpts:

Prohibition 2.0: More On The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (Poker Player Newspaper, 11/27/06)
“Prohibition 2.0 requires federal regulators to make rules for banks, e-wallets and other payment processor to identify and block all transfers of funds for unlawful gambling transactions. Only gambling. Congress has mandated that financial institutions must prevent people from using their own money to buy this one product. There are no similar rules covering heroin or child pornography…”

Gambling Web sites deal with federal ban (ASU Web Devil, 11/27/06)
Banning online gambling is also counterproductive, said Keith Furlong, deputy director of the Vancouver, British Columbia-based Interactive Gaming Council. “While the bill sponsors may have good intentions, they’re not protecting consumers,” Furlong said. “They have turned some of the most responsible, legitimate public companies out of the U.S. market.”

The dark side of gambling (Suffolk News-Herald, 11/25/06)
“While some might not consider playing the lottery as serious a gambling outlet as poker tournaments, betting on horse races or online gambling, the signs and symptoms of potential problems can still be seen in lotto purchases. Oftentimes, problems can begin with simple gambling payoffs such as those offered by the lottery.”

Can the UIGEA survive the new Congress? (Poker Works, 11/22/06)
“And amendment may be the best tactic for supporters of internet poker to take. With special carveouts in the law for internet lottery and horse racing, convincing legislators to add in an exemption for poker may be far easier than getting the entire law repealed. “It’s a public embarrassment. … it’s a mess,” said professor I. Nelson Rose of the Whittier Law School. “Eventually I think they’ll get Congress to change the law to do for Internet poker exactly what they did for Internet horse racing. It’s an exemption but (based on) states’ rights.”

Things About Poker I’m Thankful for This Thanksgiving (Poker News, 11/23/06)
“As that mechanism becomes more accepted, the organizations will be able to have more and more impact on the issues that are important to poker players. These are non-profit companies that are doing what they do for the good of the game, and for that – I think we should all be thankful.”

blogs:
Help the PPA Help You (Bill Rini, 11/23/06)
“As you may have noted from my previous emails about the UIGEA, I’ve been looking for the Poker Player’s Alliance to move things to the next level with this new Congress. Michael Bolcerek, president of the PPA, and I have chatted a few times in the past so I thought now would be a good time to share some thoughts with him.”

InstaPoker (Dallas SWAT edition) (Pokerati, 11/25/06)
“Enjoying a little family-time vacation. Hope you are, too. But before I head out to the local church and then casino, here’s a round-up of what others have been saying about the triple-hit to Dallas poker last week.”

Poker Politics (All Hope Lost, 11/25/06)
“Everyone says that the election was all about Republicans versus Democrats, which it was. Poker players have to point out when they lobby that every defeated Republican voted against poker, and not one member of either party who voted for poker was defeated.”

Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself… (Pokerati, 11/22/06)
“The PAC and the TCPA are working together to give Texas poker players a unified voice. The TCPA is currently seeking to build up members, and the PAC is focusing on message and legislative strategy. If you care about poker being legal to play in Texas, I encourage you all to visit the websites of these young organizations and seriously consider joining up now.”

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