Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (2/05/07)

article:
Badly thrown, online gaming wants another chance to win (Financial Times, 02/02/07)

Crashing the Party: As Super Bowl Looms, FBI Eyes Online Wagering (Washington Post, 02/03/07)

Is Gambling In America’s National DNA? (CBS News, 02/04/07)

Bill to make ‘social’ poker OK advances (Billings Gazette, 02/03/07)

Anti-gambling bill’s language tweaked by committee (Daily Herald, 02/03/07)

YMCA teaches kids the hazards of gambling (The Collingwood Connection, 01/31/07)

blog:
Top 10 Myths About the UIGEA (Bill Rini, 02/05/07)


excerpt:

Badly thrown, online gaming wants another chance to win (Financial Times, 02/02/07)
“This September Britain will begin licensing gaming sites. That is a position to which many in the industry expect the US will eventually move. They point to November’s congressional elections, when Democrats won the majority and Jim Leach of Iowa, a proponent of the 2006 law, was a surprise loser. Some also predict that the law will prove unworkable. Las Vegas Sands, the biggest casino company by value, is to set up an online gaming site this year in the UK and then continental Europe. It assumes that the US will eventually permit online gaming.”


Crashing the Party: As Super Bowl Looms, FBI Eyes Online Wagering (Washington Post, 02/03/07)
“The crackdown against public, regulated foreign businesses has left small private companies to fill the void, an issue that worries industry officials and consumer groups who say the smaller entities are less subject to oversight and more difficult to police. In essence, they argue, the government drive could turn into another prohibition, and have the perverse impact of fostering underground, illegal activity. “The net effect of this is, responsible people are out of the business,” said Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., president of the American Gaming Association, a casino industry trade group.”

Is Gambling In America’s National DNA? (CBS News, 02/04/07)
“I really think in America we were born to gamble,” Richard Hoffer, author of the book on gambling, “Jack Pot Nation,” said. “I think we descended from risk-takers: Hey, let’s settle the country! I think we’re just trained to recognize risk and to take it. I do I think it’s almost a form of ambition, to take chances. It’s how we get ahead. Whether it’s inventing a new operating system for a computer or flying to the moon, whatever, I think it’s the better part of us to take risks.”

Bill to make ‘social’ poker OK advances (Billings Gazette, 02/03/07)
“Wyoming poker fans won another hand Friday when the House Travel Committee approved a bill, already passed by the Senate, that would permit the return of “social” poker games to state bars and restaurants. “The counties were not consistent in their interpretation of the gaming laws of this state, and we felt we needed to clean that up,” House Travel Committee Chairman Rep. Pat Childers, R-Cody, said.”

Anti-gambling bill’s language tweaked by committee (Daily Herald, 02/03/07)
“Yes, you can play Texas Hold ‘Em in a bar — so long as it doesn’t breach a carefully constructed definition of what constitutes gambling. That’s what Utah lawmakers said Friday when advancing a bill that’s aimed at keeping gambling interests out of the state. “The intent of this was not to stop people from having fun, or not even necessarily to stop people from playing poker at a bar,” said Rep. Steve Sandstrom, R-Orem and the bill’s sponsor.”

YMCA teaches kids the hazards of gambling (The Collingwood Connection, 01/31/07)
“It demonstrates that gambling is a topic that youth need to learn about and that harm reduction is a very positive form of prevention,” she says. “Informed choice gives the power back to the youth and if I have learned anything from doing these presentations the youth are more receptive if you give them the power to decide and the education for them to make the best decision.”

blog:
Top 10 Myths About the UIGEA (Bill Rini, 02/05/07)

“While most of the companies involved with online gaming are based beyond the borders of the US the second they transact in any way with a US resident (who is physically in the US) they have just made themselves subject to US law. This is a common misperception raised in the age of the internet but most courts have ruled that any transaction will occur in the state the seller is in as well as the state that the buyer is in.”

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (2/05/07)

  1. To Mr. Rini;
    Your articles are well-presented in terms of being realistic and they are more sounded than Allyn Jeffrey’s articles of forever-optimism.

    I, however, find your arguments very ineffective and uninteresting after pessimism in your aricles reaching at high peak over the last few months. Let me say that I am falling into a depression when I read your words. And your mythbusters just added more to that. This is like I am watching the Prozac commercial on TV and am thinking that “maybe there is something wrong with me” because I am sad sometimes. So, what happened?

    I didn’t quit. Furthermore, I am still playing poker from Fulltilt to WSEX without any problems so far. In fact, Fulltilt have a new payment processor, MyWebATM, to ease my frustration. In many sites, “mailing a check” option is always there for us.

    If your articles are filled up with all the negativities, then small dose of Allyn Jeffrey’s optimism would not be too bad. Maybe that is the reason why people like me read her stuff so that we can offset them each other. You may think that guiding readers through “dark age of online poker” is your job; and pointing to right problems may be yours, too. And I agree that you should teach us and tell us the truth. But, please don’t depress me anymore. Show me some hopes even though they are gloomy and bleak. If we walk away from poker, who’s going read your blog?

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