Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (3/21/07)

article:
Write Your Congressman! (CardPlayer, 03/21/07)

D’Amato: Passionate advocate hopes to lead PPA to million member mark (Casino City Times, 03/20/07)

Career in poker a good deal? (Sun-Sentinel, 03/21/07)

Neteller to pay up as feds ease up (The Register, 03/21/07)

Sportingbet set free in Louisiana (The Register, 03/21/07)

Czech Republic Latest Hotspot in War Between Governments and Gambling (PokerNews, 03/21/07)

blog:

The Poker Players Alliance Has a New Member (Ed Miller, 03/21/07)

Chip Chat with the APCW (The House of Poker Blues, 03/20/07)

excerpt:

Write Your Congressman! (CardPlayer, 03/21/07)
“Today’s message is short and sweet. We have to be a force to be reckoned with. Every member of Congress needs to know that we American citizens do not like it when our freedoms are taken away from us, especially when it is done in the sneaky manner in which the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was passed.”


D’Amato: Passionate advocate hopes to lead PPA to million member mark (Casino City Times, 03/20/07)
“Former Senator Alfonse D’Amato is passionate about poker. Whether he’s talking about regulating Internet poker in the United States or telling a story about hitting his first royal flush, the excitement is his voice is palpable. The Poker Players Alliance is betting that D’Amato’s engaging personality and political connections will help the organization spread its message on Capitol Hill. D’Amato was named the Chairman of the PPA two weeks ago.”

Career in poker a good deal? (Sun-Sentinel, 03/21/07)
“Gaming is coming our way. This state is going to erupt in the next two or three years,’ Pinzari said. ‘At one time, the poker game was a smoke-filled environment in back of the pool room. Now it’s out in the open, it’s acceptable. It’s on national TV.” Hausman, the real estate agent, learned to play poker on her own about three years ago. Her two teenagers think she’s ‘a cool mom.’ Her husband doesn’t mind, but doesn’t join her. ‘Never gambles,’ she said.”

Neteller to pay up as feds ease up (The Register, 03/21/07)
“In more good news for the online gambling industry, Neteller today announced that it has reached an agreement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to return funds belonging to American players that had been frozen at the DOJ’s request.”

Sportingbet set free in Louisiana (The Register, 03/21/07)
“Online gambling giant Sportingbook announced today in a statement that the State of Louisiana had canceled all outstanding arrest warrants issued against current or former employees, including ex-CEO Peter Dicks. Dicks was arrested last year in New York on a warrant issued by the State of Louisiana and was subsequently released by New York authorities, who refused to honor the warrant and extradite Dicks to Louisiana. Mr. Dicks resigned his position as CEO shortly thereafter, and Sportingbet pulled the plug on its American business entirely, selling it off for $1.”

Czech Republic Latest Hotspot in War Between Governments and Gambling (PokerNews, 03/21/07)
“As in other countries, firms based outside the Czech Republic have simply marketed their services inside the country, believing that their rights under European Union treaty allow them to provide such services, a stance confirmed recently in the European Court’s Placanica (vs. Italy) decision. Nonetheless, many countries continue efforts to protect their revenue streams by imposing bans or arresting private parties involved in the business.”

blog:

The Poker Players Alliance Has a New Member (Ed Miller, 03/21/07)
“While sometimes I read stuff from them and I disagree, overall I believe Americans should be able to play online poker without the legal and financial impediments that exist today, and I believe the PPA is the most credible organization that represents that viewpoint in Washington.”

Chip Chat with the APCW (The House of Poker Blues, 03/20/07)
“Right now, you may see a surge of players hit live casinos because they can no longer play online. But over time, I believe the constant supply of fresh new players looking to take their game to the next level will dry up, because there won’t be any way to play from home and many people are just too intimidated to walk into a live casino if they’ve never played before.”

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