Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/07/06)

articles:
The Gloves Are Off (All In, 12/07/06)

Students Losing Big with Online Gambling (The Anchor, 12/05/06)

blog:
The Story behind this blog… (Aaron Todd, 11/29/06)

I Should Stick to Picking Football Games: Impact on UIGEA (RCFox, 11/09/06)

excerpts:
The Gloves Are Off (All In, 12/07/06)
“Poker players generally are lone wolves, but obviously, this bill is a political ploy, and it’s directly affecting them. So they’re going to be a little more outraged, because their freedoms are being infringed upon. Their freedom to sit in their living room and visit a site that’s offshore, and play poker, is being taken away from them. It’s a little bit communist, it’s a little like what China has been going through forever, and it’s almost like while the rest of the world is taking a step forward, the United States is taking a step backward.”


Students Losing Big with Online Gambling (The Anchor, 12/05/06)
“College students are staying up all night on the computer, but they’re not all studying. Many are playing poker online and winning and losing big money. Online poker has become the Internet’s most popular form of online gambling. Its rise in popularity can be traced to televised poker tournaments (namely the World Series of Poker in 2003). Since then, media outlets have provided a steady increase in poker coverage, including weekly television shows. The increased popularity of poker on television is paralleled by the steady increase of poker being played online, primarily by college-aged males.”

blog:
The Story behind this blog… (Aaron Todd, 11/29/06)
“But then the U.S. government passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, and PKR decided not to allow American customers. So, on Oct. 27, I cashed out my account and asked PKR to send me a check for my sixty cents. I asked my readers what I should do with my sixty-cent check, and one suggested I try to trade it for something better.”

I Should Stick to Picking Football Games: Impact on UIGEA (RCFox, 11/09/06)
“Congratulations to the Democrats on winning the House and, likely, the Senate. I’ve gotten some emails asking me what’s going to happen with the UIGEA now that we have a new Congress. Nothing. The law was passed. It’s on the books. The Executive Branch of the government (the Department of Justice, Federal Reserve, and the Department of the Treasury) will be writing regulations to implement it, in theory by July. Nothing changed this week about who is in those offices.

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