Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (3/29/07)

article:
Odds are, poker players can find a Triangle game (The News & Observer, 03/29/07)

Crackdown vowed on gaming machines (The Journal Gazette, 03/29/07)

Walmart puts out for online gaming (The Register, 03/29/07)

Online Gambling Gone Wild: U.S. Crackdown Sparks Offshore Boom (InformationWeek, 03/29/07)

Betting on Barney (Boston Herald, 03/23/07)

Now The Swedish Cops Bust A Poker Tournament (Online Casinos, 03/28/07)

Poland To Legalize Online Gambling (OnlineCasino, 03/28/07)

blog:
Gonzales Woes: Good or Bad for Poker People? (Pokerati, 03/29/07)

Gambling With The Internet (Digital Life, 03/29/07)


excerpt:

Odds are, poker players can find a Triangle game (The News & Observer, 03/29/07)
“Despite the fact that North Carolina courts have said state law prohibits betting on cards, the clatter of chips is a common sound in basement rec rooms, corporate cafeterias and makeshift gaming halls as players join in one of the nation’s most popular pastimes, says Fierman, who calls himself an expert on poker and gambling laws.”


Crackdown vowed on gaming machines (The Journal Gazette, 03/29/07)

“That is why he and other members of the Senate Republican caucus are considering changes to House Bill 1510 that would increase manpower for state excise police to target illegal gambling in a widespread number of venues and increase penalties to include the possible loss of lottery contracts, retail merchant permits and state licenses to sell alcohol and tobacco.”

Walmart puts out for online gaming (The Register, 03/29/07)
“The $2.3m settlement represents all the profits the company supposedly made off Neteller transactions prior to the date the UIGEA was signed into law. The company caught flak from the DOJ for not “winding down” its operations quickly enough after the legislation was passed – though, of course, the UIGEA still has not even gone into effect.”

Online Gambling Gone Wild: U.S. Crackdown Sparks Offshore Boom (InformationWeek, 03/29/07)
“Another executive who asked for anonymity said that revenues had already shot past mid-2006 levels and showed no sign of abating. “U.S. citizens still want to gamble, and we intend to keep allowing them to,” he said. Indeed, a host of new online gambling establishments are expected to quickly fill the void left by the ones that decided to bow out.”

Betting on Barney (Boston Herald, 03/23/07)
“As one of the millions of Americans who choose to play poker online, I stand behind Rep. Barney Frank’s position to put an end to governmental interference in our personal choice to use the Internet to play poker (“Frank eyes end to ban online gambling”, March 15). Millions of us who choose to play poker online work hard all week. We pay our taxes and if we want to play poker online then that is our choice!”

Now The Swedish Cops Bust A Poker Tournament (Online Casinos, 03/28/07)
“Some 700 poker fans had gathered over the weekend to play in a major tournament billed the European Poker Challenge 2007, but like the Irish event the Challenge evaporated as the police closed everything down. Two as yet unidentified men thought to be the organisers will face charges, according to Swedish authorities, who claim that hosting unauthorised poker tournaments for profit is considered illegal in Sweden.”

Poland To Legalize Online Gambling (OnlineCasino, 03/28/07)
“More good EU news for online poker players and online gambling firms. The Warsaw Voice had some very good news for online gamblers and online gambling firms, advising them that following the European Court of Justice in the Placanica case the Poland government is preparing to license online gambling.”

blog:
Gonzales Woes: Good or Bad for Poker People? (Pokerati, 03/29/07)
“Gonzales, of course, is a key factor (if not driving force) behind the crackdown on online gambling. So you gotta think getting rid of him would be a good thing, right? But we should also remember that, especially in the Bush administration’s waning years, just because there is a call for a resignation hardly means it will happen.”

Gambling With The Internet (Digital Life, 03/29/07)
“The entire fascinating story can be found in Alice LaPlante’s article Online Gambling Gone Wild: U.S. Crackdown Sparks Offshore Boom. She cites Tom W. Bell, a professor at the Chapman University School of Law, who believes that a driving force behind the ban on online gambling is the land-based gambling industry (you know, all those Las Vegas and Reno casinos) which doesn’t want the competition.”

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