Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (1/18/07)

articles:
ESI complies with U.S. law (The Vancouver Sun, 01/18/07)

Neteller Ceases Handling U.S. Transfers (Houston Chronicle, 01/18/07)

Rotary Club says it had no idea its major fundraising event was illegal (Simcoe Reformer, 01/18/07)

blogs:
Online Gambling (Michael Silence, 01/18/07)

Neteller Exits; What’s Next? // US Law Enforcement (rcfox, 01/17/07)

Playing Without a Net(eller) (Hard Boiled Poker, 01/18/07)

excerpts:
ESI complies with U.S. law (The Vancouver Sun, 01/18/07)
“ESI, which sells payment processing, transaction monitoring and other services to the international online gambling industry, said late Wednesday its Citadel Commerce Corp. unit will no longer process financial transactions for non-domestic Internet gambling merchants for American customers. ”


Neteller Ceases Handling U.S. Transfers (Houston Chronicle, 01/18/07)
“Neteller PLC, a Britain-based online money transfer business, said Thursday it is ceasing to handle gambling transactions from U.S. customers because of restrictive legislation and uncertainties about regulations.”

Rotary Club says it had no idea its major fundraising event was illegal (Simcoe Reformer, 01/18/07)
“A local organization has been forced to cancel its annual Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament after anti-gambling police officials said they’d raid the charitable event if it proceeded.
The OPP’s Illegal Gambling Unit contacted the Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise Monday, telling them their second annual charitable poker tournament slated for tomorrow night at The Greens at Renton is illegal.”

blogs:
Online Gambling (Michael Silence, 01/18/07)
“A while back, the US banned online gambling. Well, that’s not true. They banned banks from processing payments to and from sites that offer illegal gambling. Illegal gambling is undefined, of course. Excluded from the ban was horse racing and other gambling that rich people engage in but people like me who enjoy their $0.25/$0.50 no limit hold-em games are out of luck.”

Neteller Exits; What’s Next? // US Law Enforcement (rcfox, 01/17/07)
“It’s time for me to put on my Messenger of Doom hat and look at the future. If you hadn’t heard, Neteller announced tonight that they would no longer process transactions between US residents and online gaming sites. Additionally, they are not allowing any new US accounts (though they say that’s temporary). Another processor, Citadel, has also exited.”

Playing Without a Net(eller) (Hard Boiled Poker, 01/18/07)
“As you’ve no doubt heard, Neteller is no longer an option for us American players when it comes to moving funds to and from online poker sites. Sometime yesterday (around 7 p.m., Eastern standard time, I believe), Neteller posted a “U.S. Member Update” on its site announcing that “Due to recent US legislative changes and events, effective immediately, US members are no longer able to transfer funds to or from any online gambling sites.”

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