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

articles:
The Poker Players Alliance Goes Local (CardPlayer, 12/05/06)

Opinion: Online Poker Industry Should Celebrate Sands-Cantor Entry (PokerNews, 12/06/06)

blogs:
Poker Bloggers Gathering (Poker Works, 12/06/06)

Capturing the social libertarians (The Apollo Creed, 12/05/06)

Bodog Pulls Advertising from U.S. Market (Kick Ass Poker, 12/05/06)

press release:
PocketFives.com Legislative Update for Online Poker Players (PocketFives, 12/05/06)

excerpts:
The Poker Players Alliance Goes Local (CardPlayer, 12/05/06)
“Sometime this week, the PPA will send out letters to all its members letting them know that it’s looking for regional representatives who are willing to take the fight for poker legality into the nooks and crannies of the country. The PPA is asking people who are interested in local politics, who have the ability to speak to the local media and would be able to organize visits to offices of area Congress members, and possibly trips to Capitol Hill in D.C., to volunteer to fight for poker.”


Opinion: Online Poker Industry Should Celebrate Sands-Cantor Entry (PokerNews, 12/06/06)
“Even the incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the pro B&M gaming Democratic senator from Las Vegas, has stated that “Internet gambling cannot be controlled and, therefore, it should be illegal.” Sands’ entry has the potential to alter the paradigmatic view relative to online gaming regulation and in doing so may open markets, not crowd them.”

blogs:

Poker Bloggers Gathering (Poker Works, 12/06/06)
“Are we to blame and what part do we play?  As part of poker, we must at least take some responsibility for the what has happened to our golden egg.  I don’t question that the UIGEA has broader implications than just donking off dollars online.  This is the first real legislation which has the potential to significantly curb online activity.  It is a great illustration of how our legislative branch really operates”

Capturing the social libertarians (The Apollo Creed, 12/05/06)
“The new gambling law is yet another example of how the Southern evangelical mode of thinking and social regulation has captured the public debate and made meaningful reform impossible. While banning online gambling is not the same kind of problem as the useless and globally destructive Drug War, it is representative of a certain kind of lawmaking.”

Bodog Pulls Advertising from U.S. Market (Kick Ass Poker, 12/05/06)
“It’s not official until tomorrow, per the date on the press release, but Bodog has announced a shift in its advertising priorities. Bodoog will be pulling out of ‘traditional’ U.S. ad markets, primarily those accepting placement for “bodog.net” plugs, a category that includes television, radio, newspapers and print magazines. It seems that Bodog will still maintain a presence with some Web outlets that may be based in the U.S., due to their international reach.”

press release:

PocketFives.com Legislative Update for Online Poker Players (PocketFives, 12/05/06)
“The PPA’s main focus has been centered around an exemption from the UIGEA for online poker: “There is certainly an interest on a study commission bill. We like it, but think an exemption for online poker is something that needs to be included, whether it’s included in a study commission bill or passed on its own.”

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