Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (2/22/07)

articles:
Harrah’s Confirms Revised WSOP Ad Policy (Poker News, 02/22/07)

House moves to ‘clearly’ outlaw illegal gambling (Deseret News, 02/22/07)

Chuck Blount on poker: Legislation tightens screws on Internet gambling (San Antonio Express-News, 02/22/07)

Council to revisit poker (Sweet Home News, 02/21/07)

Nevada problem gamblers have sure bet for $100 (Pahrump Valley Times, 02/16/07)

press release
DoylesRoom.com to No Longer Allow Americans to Play Poker Online (Doyles Room, 02/20/07)

excerpts:
Harrah’s Confirms Revised WSOP Ad Policy (Poker News, 02/22/07)
“As a gaming company licensed in more than a dozen jurisdictions in the United States and abroad, Harrah’s must follow the guidance of federal law and state gaming regulations in conducting its business. In this regard, the 2007 World Series of Poker venue will not contain advertising from dot.com sties that allow access to US residents nor ads from dot.net sites affiliated with those entities.”


House moves to ‘clearly’ outlaw illegal gambling (Deseret News, 02/22/07)
“House sponsor Rep. Aaron Tilton, R-Springville, said his bill clearly says that while some card games, tournaments or bingo games may be played, no money or anything else of value could be charged for players to get in, or win, the games.”

Chuck Blount on poker: Legislation tightens screws on Internet gambling (San Antonio Express-News, 02/22/07)
“For the most part, it has. U.S. customers are allowed to continue to play on the sites, and there have been no cases made public where a player opting to cash out the funds in their account has been denied. What has been greatly affected is the ability to put fresh money into existing accounts.”

Council to revisit poker (Sweet Home News, 02/21/07)
“The Sweet Home City Council has agreed to consider allowing poker tournaments at local businesses. Chewy’s Tavern owner James Ashcraft approached councilors at their regular meeting on Feb. 13 with a request to reconsider their previous opposition to the idea. The council had considered a similar request by Frank Chau, then owner of T&M Pizza in 2005. The council also heard a request last fall from another Sweet Home man who was running tournaments in Springfield.”

Nevada problem gamblers have sure bet for $100 (Pahrump Valley Times, 02/16/07)
“Rural Nevada residents are being invited to participate in a study of problem gambling, commissioned by the last session of the Nevada Legislature. Bo Bernhard, director of gambling research for the International Gaming Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, hopes 180 rural residents will sign up for the study.”

press release
DoylesRoom.com to No Longer Allow Americans to Play Poker Online (Doyles Room, 02/20/07)

“DoylesRoom.com, one of the most popular poker sites on the internet, today announced that it will close its US-facing operations. The recently passed Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and closures by payment processors were cited as the reasons for the surprise move. With immediate effect, US online poker players will not be permitted to sign up for real money play or deposit funds into existing accounts. DoylesRoom.com will not permit US-based play commencing March 1, 2007.”

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