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

articles:
New anti-Internet gaming law shakes up industry (The Ithaca Journal, 12/12/06)

Man sues Newton Falls, chief and officer over arrest in raid (The Vindicator, 12/12/06)

Gamblers defeat GOP (Poker Player Newspaper, 12/11/06)

WPT Online Operations Serious About Compliance And Fighting Fraud (Online-Casinos, 12/11/06)

blogs:
Bodog kills their US advertising to focus on Europe and Asia (Lou Krieger, 12/12/06)

Senator Harry Reid To The Rescue of Poker Industry? (Poker Prof’s, 12/12/06)

Back in civilization again (Jacks N Queens, 12/11/06)

excerpts:

New anti-Internet gaming law shakes up industry (The Ithaca Journal, 12/12/06)
It’s not going to stop people from playing poker,” he said. “They’re just going to go around it.” Ruby, who uses a wheelchair, said Internet gambling leveled the playing field for him after an accident stripped him of his ability to walk. “It’s a hobby for me,” said Ruby, 32. “This law is actually discriminatory to disabled people.”


Man sues Newton Falls, chief and officer over arrest in raid (The Vindicator, 12/12/06)

“The suit said the Falls Knight’s Foundation was holding a poker tournament supervised by Arrich at the church when Carlson and Laswell arrested him. Arrich was charged with operating a gambling house, illegal gaming and possession of criminal tools. The officers also executed a search warrant of Arrich’s car and home and seized several items.”

Gamblers defeat GOP (Poker Player Newspaper, 12/11/06)
“When GOP Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist attached an online gaming ban bill to a Port Security bill at the eleventh hour (literally) of the last session of Congress before the election (out of desperation to try to breathe life into his sinking Presidential ambitions) without debate or discussion- he inadvertently stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy and anger. He didn’t know it at the time, but the out of- touch Frist was signing a death warrant for the GOP’s hopes of retaining control of the House and Senate.”

WPT Online Operations Serious About Compliance And Fighting Fraud (Online-Casinos, 12/11/06)
“A company spokesman said that the technology will help World Poker Tour online operations to comply with the recent U.S. law prohibiting online gaming financial transactions by U.S. citizens; to authenticate online users; and to leverage the analytics and research capabilities of the solution to identify patterns of online fraud.”

blogs:
Bodog kills their US advertising to focus on Europe and Asia (Lou Krieger, 12/12/06)
“Instead, they plan to focus on the European and Asian markets. Bodog.com founder Calvin Ayre said that “the recent legislation passed by the US Congress was the reason behind the decision”, and that it created “current uncertainties in the U.S. market.”

Senator Harry Reid To The Rescue of Poker Industry? (Poker Prof’s, 12/12/06)
“Will Reid use this power to propel a small change to the anti-Internet gaming bill, ala Frist, past his fellow lawmakers and provide Internet poker with an exemption, the same as enjoyed by lottos and horse tracing? Instead, will Reid use his new found power and status to order up years of needless studies to tell him that people love to play poker, they have always loved playing poker even with the threat of arrest or jail, and they are likely to continue to love playing poker far into the future”

Back in civilization again (Jacks N Queens, 12/11/06)
“I was surprised at some of the people in the industry’s attitude toward the current law. There in general seemed to be a belief that the law would not have much impact on the industry and that everything was basically the same as before. I was surprised at the arrogance of many in the industry regarding U.S. law enforcement and the belief many had that they are untouchable by the new law. That the U.S. government was powerless to stop them.”

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