Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/24/07)

article:
Washington State Eases Up On Players? (Online Casinos, 04/24/07)

Kyl Counters Anti-UIGEA efforts, Wants List of Online Poker & Online Gambling Firms’ Bank Accounts (Poker News, 04/23/07)

Editorial: Regulated Poker In America – Possible? (FlopWire, 04/23/07)

Full Tilt Offering Incentive to Support PPA (CardPlayer, 04/23/07)

blog:
Is the reaction to UIGEA reaching a tipping point? (Lou Krieger, 04/22/07)

excerpt:

Washington State Eases Up On Players? (Online Casinos, 04/24/07)
“Online gambling industry observers were surprised, but still welcomed a move by Washington State legislators last week to introduce some sense into the state’s draconian anti-online gambling laws, which made online gambling a felony with the sort of punitive measures normally reserved for serious crimes. In essence, the state’s Bill 1243 says that online gambling in the privacy of one’s own residence for recreation and not for organised profit is a legitimate defence to felony charges under the main act which prohibits the pastime.”

Kyl Counters Anti-UIGEA efforts, Wants List of Online Poker & Online Gambling Firms’ Bank Accounts (Poker News, 04/23/07)
“Parallel to the publicity that Congressman Barney Frank’s initiative to repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) is getting recently, Senator Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) used a Senate Judiciary Committee enquiry last week to forward his anti-online gambling agenda. In spite of the enquiry being about the dismissal of 8 US Attorneys for inappropriate conduct, Kyl used his time to question US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to push for specific Administrative Regulations for enforcing the UIGEA.”

Editorial: Regulated Poker In America – Possible? (FlopWire, 04/23/07)
“The political motives and reasoning for this legislation have been heavily analyzed, criticized and exhausted and this is not what this article is meant to outline. Instead, we will take an in depth look at how regulating online poker and casinos in America is a completely feasible and logical step for the Government to take in preserving American freedoms and offering American citizens the choice to conduct a popular past time from the comforts of their own homes.”

Full Tilt Offering Incentive to Support PPA (CardPlayer, 04/23/07)
“Full Tilt is looking to offer extra incentives for players to actively join the fight alongside the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) against the UIGEA. Players can register for one $2,500 PPA Drive freeroll that will automatically make them a member of the PPA. Only members with a current mailing address in the United States will be eligible. This address will be shared with the PPA to establish membership. The freerolls will run at least once daily.”

blog:

Is the reaction to UIGEA reaching a tipping point? (Lou Krieger, 04/22/07)
“The goals of Frank, and those of the American Gaming Association and the Poker Player’s Alliance are not identical. The PPA represents online poker. Frank is working on behalf of his libertarian vision of individual rights. The AGA supports a study that will underpin efforts to legalize online poker in the Untied States. This legislation would pave the way for major, well-known Nevada casinos to get into the online gaming business in a big way — either with or without the current group of online casinos now operating offshore due to current US law.”

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