Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/15/06)

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articles:
Part 3: AGA Prez Talks About Online Gambling Ban (Card Player, 12/15/06)

Germany Postpones Decision to Ban Online Poker & Gambling (Poker Pages, 12/15/06)

PPA President Speaks Out on Bloomberg Television (Poker Source Online, 12/14/06)

Billion-dollar fantasy football business is no gamble to NFL (Times-News, 12/15/06)

media:
US law forces gaming re-think (BBC News, 12/15/06)

research:
The 2006 Study Of Gambling And Problem Gambling In New Mexico (Rachel A. Volberg, Ph.D. & Bo Bernhard, Ph.D., 06/21/06)

blog:
Few more thoughts on the recent Poker Convention (Jacks N Queens, 12/14/06)

excerpts:
Part 3: AGA Prez Talks About Online Gambling Ban (Card Player, 12/15/06)

“When I asked how the AGA could help facilitate a study, Fahrenkopf reminded me: “Congressman John Porter and Congresswoman Shelley Berkley of Nevada asked for such a study. There were about 50 bipartisan supporters, but it was too late in the session. My gut tells me there is a lot of support for it.”


Germany Postpones Decision to Ban Online Poker & Gambling (Poker Pages, 12/15/06)
“Federal German states met this week and decided to postpone their decision whether to ban online gambling, including online poker. If Germany decides to outlaw online gambling, then they would frustrate efforts by the European Commission to open up state-owned monopolies and liberalize and harmonize the European gambling market.”

PPA President Speaks Out on Bloomberg Television (Poker Source Online, 12/14/06)
“Poker Players Alliance (PPA) President Michael Bolcerek spoke with Bloomberg Television’s Kathleen Hays Tuesday about the PPA’s efforts to fight for the rights of poker players across the United States. The interview was fairly standard, with no questions that have not been answered plenty of times before, but Bolcerek represented himself and poker fans well.”

Billion-dollar fantasy football business is no gamble to NFL (Times-News, 12/15/06)

“Their hopes are pinned on the fates of their fantasy football teams. Sounds a lot like gambling, doesn’t it? But in the eyes of the NFL and the legal code of the United States, there’s nothing illegal about it. Fantasy football received a free pass in a recently signed law that seeks to ban most online gambling, specifically targeting online poker. The law, signed by the president.”

media:

US law forces gaming re-think (BBC News, 12/15/06)
“The online gambling firm Sportingbet is preparing to tell investors how it has fared since being forced out of the US market. It had to halt its operations in the US after a law was passed which effectively banned online betting. Egon Cossou reports.”

research:

The 2006 Study Of Gambling And Problem Gambling In New Mexico (Rachel A. Volberg, Ph.D. & Bo Bernhard, Ph.D., 06/21/06)
“A full range of ameliorative measures in New Mexico would include fostering responsible gambling policies and programs by the full range of gambling operators, expanding training opportunities for treatment professionals, expanding the gambling counselor certification program, establishing procedures to improve the helpline referral process, providing increased funding to support public education and prevention services as well as problem gambling treatment, and continued monitoring of gambling and problem gambling prevalence to assess the impacts of legal gambling on the residents of New Mexico.”

blog:

Few more thoughts on the recent Poker Convention (Jacks N Queens, 12/14/06)
“All of the above points to the obvious…that we are unlikely to see any change in the near future in the online gaming law. There is simply too much division and too many competing forces to make success likely. Also, the small size of the PPA and the overwhelming size of the opposition (Land based casinos, States…etc) make progress unlikely.”

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