Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (1/09/07)

articles:
Is gambling legal? (Marion Star, 01/06/07)

UIGEA Revisited (Online-Casinos, 01/09/07)

For Parents, New Ways to Control the Action (New York Times, 01/08/07)

Gaming Laws Drive Pub Poker League Boss “Nuts”! (Poker News, 01/09/07)

media:
Online Bingo Podcast Episode 1: The Inaugural Show (We Love Free Bingo, 01/08/07)

Gambling and Public Policy – Current Issues (The University of Salford, 01/23/06) [powerpoint]

excerpts:
Is gambling legal? (Marion Star, 01/06/07)
“Poker, such as Texas Hold “Em, is legal in Ohio as long as the house does not take a cut of the winnings. Other games including bingo and instant bingo, known as “pulltabs” or “rip-off tickets,” are legal to charitable organizations such as churches, school and private clubs, however, a permit is required. Ohio law dictates the amount of the proceeds that must be donated to a charity, Moloney said.”


UIGEA Revisited (Online-Casinos, 01/09/07)
“Web security expert Dan Nadir, vice president of product strategy for ScanSafe Inc. of California had some interesting things to say about the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act this week in an interview with GCN. ScanSafe is a Web security firm that monitors 6 billion page requests for its customers each month. “The two biggest questions we face in trying to legislate online behaviour: The first is, can we do it? The second is, should we do it?” Nadir says.”

For Parents, New Ways to Control the Action (New York Times, 01/08/07)
Vista lets you easily decide what your children can play based on dozens of “content descriptors.” Now your child can play The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle Earth II but not Stacked With Daniel Negreanu. (Similar settings for Web browsing would block most poker sites.) As a parent you can also block games altogether and also set hours of the day when the computer may not be used at all.

Gaming Laws Drive Pub Poker League Boss “Nuts”! (Poker News, 01/09/07)
“Our angle on this is that it is a complete waste of public money which should be better spent fighting crime. The police are here to serve the best interests of the public. The letter has resulted in 4 pubs calling off our events. This has led the players who turned up expecting to play for points going to another pub (back room) and played for cash!!!!! This cannot be logical.”

media:

Online Bingo Podcast Episode 1: The Inaugural Show (We Love Free Bingo, 01/08/07)
“Topics coverd include the future of online bingo despite the UIGEA which was signed into law a few months ago.”

Gambling and Public Policy – Current Issues (The University of Salford, 01/23/06) [powerpoint]
“Prof Peter Collins’s presentation “Problem Gambling: Recent Research and its implications for Policy” is attached here. Prof Collins’s presentation was followed by Prof Leighton Vaughan Williams’s presentation “Betting Tax Policy in the UK : Some History, Some Theory and Some Evidence” attached here”

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