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

article:
Antigambling law doesn’t stop online traffic (InfoWorld, 02/02/07)

House supports allowing some gambling in bars, eateries (Billings Gazette, 02/07/07)

Alberta considers betting on online gambling (Edmonton Journal, 02/07/07)

blog:
Repost From 2+2 (Bill Rini, 02/07/07)

excerpt:
Antigambling law doesn’t stop online traffic (InfoWorld, 02/02/07)

“A law prohibiting U.S. financial institutions from processing payments to online gambling sites hasn’t stopped U.S. employees from visiting sports betting sites, according to cybersecurity vendor ScanSafe. Attempted visits to online gambling Web sites by employees of ScanSafe’s U.S. customers were up 77 percent in the week between Jan. 23 and 31. The Super Bowl, the National Football League’s championship game, is Sunday. ”

House supports allowing some gambling in bars, eateries (Billings Gazette, 02/07/07)
“Patrons in Wyoming bars and restaurants could once again belly up to a friendly game of cards under legislation that passed the House on first reading Tuesday. The House gave initial approval to a gambling bill that would exclude from the definition of gambling “profits” the money that bars and restaurants receive from selling drinks and food to their gambling patrons.”

Alberta considers betting on online gambling (Edmonton Journal, 02/07/07)
“The government agency that regulates gambling in Alberta is deciding whether it should get into the game. Global TV reports the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is considering creating websites for people to play poker, blackjack or to bet on sports online. The commission has ordered two polls to gauge how Albertans feel about the idea.”

blog:

Repost From 2+2 (Bill Rini, 02/07/07)
“And that really is the problem. It’s become very public that the US gov thinks online gaming is illegal. That scares away many new players. Now you add in this whole process of having to send checks and waiting for weeks for the checks to clear and that will shut out a large number of new and recreational players.”

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