Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (1/31/07)

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articles:
The NETELLER Debacle: Part 2 (CardPlayer, 01/30/07)

Poker Players Put Chips on Entertainment Value (The Politico, 01/30/07)

Gambling Industry Dealt a Good Hand In New Congress (The Politico, 01/30/07)

EU may challenge U.S. online gambling law (Reuters, 01/30/07)

NEWS9 Gets First Look At Table Gaming Bill (WTOV9.com, 01/29/07)

Lawmaker Betting On Four New Private Casinos In Chicago Area (CBS2, 01/30/07)

On-Line Gambling Troubles (CNBC, 01/31/07)

E-Wallets, E-Criminals and E-Gaming (Gamblux.com, 01/30/07)

Letter to the Editor: Poker here to stay (The Post and Courier, 01/31/07)

Editorial: Time to see dangers in youthful gambling (Star Tribune, 01/31/07)

Online gambling tempts college students (Louisville Cardinal, 01/30/07)

international:
Israeli Judge bans Online Poker & Online Gambling in Israel (PokerPages, 01/31/07)

World of Poker: Italy (Poker Player, 01/22/07)

Trendspotting: Is It Time to Gamble on Asia? (BullMarket.com, 01/30/07)

Australia in thrall of gambling mania (BBC News, 01/30/07)

Internet Law – Is Online Gambling Lawful In South Africa? (IBLS, 01/07)

Poker cards on the table (Cafe Babel, 01/29/07)

excerpts:
The NETELLER Debacle: Part 2 (CardPlayer, 01/30/07)
“Last week, I analyzed the arrests of Canadians Stephen Lawrence, 46, and John Lefebvre, 55, former executives of NETELLER, who helped take the company public in 2004. To the extent that the charges filed against them relate to online poker transfers, I think they are on solid ground. However, I want to suggest two caveats.”


Poker Players Put Chips on Entertainment Value (The Politico, 01/30/07)
“Now, a group representing poker players is seeking to play a stronger hand in Congress, in part by replicating elements of the horse racing lobby’s strategy: convincing lawmakers to treat it not as just another form of gambling, but as popular, even wholesome, entertainment that could bolster government coffers.”

Gambling Industry Dealt a Good Hand In New Congress (The Politico, 01/30/07)
“The segments of the industry most impacted by the law are eager to chip away at it — if not reverse it — through rule-making and legislative lobbying. They’ll also seek to build political influence so they can head off any congressional efforts to regulate gambling.”

EU may challenge U.S. online gambling law (Reuters, 01/30/07)
“U.S. restrictions on online gambling may be challenged by the European Union, the bloc’s top financial regulator said on Tuesday. The legality of Internet gambling in the United States was ambiguous for many years, but it was effectively banned last October when President Bush signed legislation outlawing financial transactions for gaming.”

NEWS9 Gets First Look At Table Gaming Bill (WTOV9.com, 01/29/07)

“Swartzmiller and the bill’s co-sponsors say the main reason for expanding legal gaming in West Virginia it to protect jobs at local race tracks while competition heats up from Pennsylvania’s gaming industry. Religious groups are already mounting their own campaigns against expanded gaming.”

Lawmaker Betting On Four New Private Casinos In Chicago Area (CBS2, 01/30/07)
“State Representative Lou Lang is betting on casinos to ensure the state’s financial future.”

On-Line Gambling Troubles (CNBC, 01/31/07)
“The big focus in the U.K. is the new super casino that will be built in Manchester. But what does this mean for the gambling businesses that did rather poorly in the wake of the U.S. imposition of a ban on on-line gambling? Jodi Littlepage, Director of Corporate Finance at Citicourt & Co. Ltd, speaks to CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore.”

E-Wallets, E-Criminals and E-Gaming (Gamblux.com, 01/30/07)
“In order to protect consumers, new forms of making online payment were born, keeping the consumer’s information and wallets safe and secure from fraud. These so-called e-wallets are now the center of attention after the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) on October 13th.”

Letter to the Editor: Poker here to stay (The Post and Courier, 01/31/07)
“The hypocrisy in the editorial comes from the Education Lottery – our official gaming outlet. We’re not permitted to have a friendly game of poker at home, or have an entertaining game online, but we are encouraged nightly to support our Education Lottery. A visit to its Web site shows the Powerball Lottery at $246 million, and the Clean Sweep and American Idol – you get the idea.”

Editorial: Time to see dangers in youthful gambling (Star Tribune, 01/31/07)
“By “thing” we mean addiction. That’s a label which still prompts ridicule in some quarters, but it fits perfectly a pattern of behavior that sacrifices all else for a temporary rush, whether the thrill comes from poker or percodan.”

Online gambling tempts college students (Louisville Cardinal, 01/30/07)
“Whether it is celebrities trying to win for a charity or professionals playing, it is entertaining the masses. College students are now trying to get a piece of the quick cash and they can through online poker and gambling Web sites.”

international:

Israeli Judge bans Online Poker & Online Gambling in Israel (PokerPages, 01/31/07)
“A precedent-setting ruling was delivered this week against online poker and online gambling in the Israeli court case involving Gibraltar-based online bookmaker Victor Chandler’s CEO Michael Carlton, effectively banning online gambling companies from delivering any services to Israeli customers.”

World of Poker: Italy (Poker Player, 01/22/07)
“Italian poker players will soon enjoy unprecedented online poker freedom as of January. Online gaming within Italy will soon be fully legal thanks to the Decree on Liberalization, Article 38. Already, major European sites such as Ladbrokes, Betfair and William Hill are chomping at the bit to get involved in this new frontier.”

Trendspotting: Is It Time to Gamble on Asia? (BullMarket.com, 01/30/07)
“Online gambling was effectively banned in the U.S. this past October when President Bush signed a port security bill that had a provision making it illegal for credit card companies and banks to settle payments to online gambling sites. The news severely punished a number of companies, mostly trading in the U.K., with U.S. operations, and several had to shut their doors.”

Australia in thrall of gambling mania (BBC News, 01/30/07)
“Australia offers a glimpse of the future waiting the UK, he claims. It is worth remembering, of course, that the vast majority of Australian gamblers do so responsibly…The government has also proposed a ban on interactive and internet gambling, likely to come into effect later in the year.”

Internet Law – Is Online Gambling Lawful In South Africa? (IBLS, 01/07)
“South Africa is in the process of regulating online gambling, thus ultimately the South African Department of Trade and Industry intends to make it legal. The gambling activities which are not allowed by the National Gambling Act and gambling locations which are not licensed for gambling activities are illegal and thus their usage and operation amount to criminal offences.”

Poker cards on the table (Cafe Babel, 01/29/07)
“Between 100, 000 to 500, 000 French take part in one of the many variations on the classic game, in private, in groups or online. ‘It’s very difficult to know the number of players,’ explains Francois Montmirel, international player and scientific director of the École Française de Poker. ‘As far as I know, there were 15, 000 regular players in 2000: today it’s close to 150 000. With an increase of 50% each year, France is at the heels of Great Britain and Scandinavian countries.'”

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