Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/01/06)

articles:
Antigua finds allies among super traders in Internet gaming dispute (Jamaica Gleaner, 12/01/06)

The Un-American Activities of the U.S. Congress (Poker Player Newspaper, 11/27/06)

More Poker Industry Jobs Lost (Poker Player Newspaper, 12/01/06)

House Rules:After flourishing with little oversight, Central Oregon’s poker games may have run out (The Source, 12/01/06)

Thank You for Gambling (Heartland Institute, 12/01/06)

blog:
Frist quits the game (Lou Krieger, 11/30/06)

excerpts:
Antigua finds allies among super traders in Internet gaming dispute (Jamaica Gleaner, 12/01/06)
“The World Trade Organisation (WTO) held two days of talks at the top of the week on Antigua and Barbuda’s internet gaming dispute with the United States, from which the twin-island emerged optimistic. The WTO has ruled in the past that the U.S. was contravening world trade rules by blocking market access, but the large nation of 300 million has so far refused to comply.”

The Un-American Activities of the U.S. Congress (Poker Player Newspaper, 11/27/06)
“Our present United States Congress, in a desperate effort to do something Right, did something wrong… again. They’ve declared Internet Gambling to be evil and illegal. In an effort to stop Internet gambling, Congress passed a bill making it illegal for banks or credit card companies to process payments to online gambling operations. President Bush signed what is already being called “Prohibition II”.

More Poker Industry Jobs Lost (Poker Player Newspaper, 12/01/06)
“In the last 24 hours, I discovered that Card Player Magazine and the World Poker Tour axed several employees, a trend that’s been too common in the poker industry over the last few weeks. Many jobs in the once thriving poker industry have been lost due to the UIGEA and it seems that the two big giants in the poker world were not exempt from the fallout.”

House Rules:After flourishing with little oversight, Central Oregon’s poker games may have run out (The Source, 12/01/06)
“Bend Police Chief Andy Jordan told The Source that his department is investigating at least one aspect of the card games – The allegation that dealers might be receiving money, drinks or other tips from players at the table. It’s an about face for Jordan who gave his blessing to the games almost two years ago when the city dumped its historic ban on public card games.”

Thank You for Gambling (Heartland Institute, 12/01/06)
“Goodlatte has been fighting to enact legislation on Internet gambling for some time, and he can now finally claim a good deal of success with the passage of H.R. 4954, a port security bill with an anti-Internet gambling attachment. Goodlatte’s Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) is set to make it illegal for American banks and financial institutions to process online gambling payments from the U.S.”

blog:

Frist quits the game (Lou Krieger, 11/30/06)
“I personally don’t think Bill Frist cares about online poker one way or the other; he only pushed this bill into law by attaching it to the Safe Ports Act, a piece of legislation no one could or would vote against in, in order to further his own ends. And these ends come crashing down a scant month-and-a-half afterwards.”

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