Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/22/07)

articles:
Pappas Makes Safe Bet (The Politico, 05/22/07)

Tough Regulations Needed to Curb Illegal Online Gambling (Citizen Link, 05/21/07)

New law alters big poker tourney (Philadelphia Inquirer, 05/20/07)

excerpts:

Pappas Makes Safe Bet (The Politico, 05/22/07)
“John Pappas has become the vice president of government relations for the Poker Players Alliance and the first permanent employee in the group’s Washington, D.C., office. He had been a consultant for the group through his previous position as associate vice president of Dittus Communications. “It is obviously an issue that I have known and followed the politics and policy of for nearly two years now,” he said. And, he acknowledged, he enjoys playing the card game occasionally.”


Tough Regulations Needed to Curb Illegal Online Gambling (Citizen Link, 05/21/07)
“Attempts to influence the Treasury Department to write strong regulations have failed. This week, Focus on the Family is sending a letter to President Bush, urging him to direct the Treasury Department to take powerful action. “We are concerned that the Treasury Department’s forthcoming regulations will be inadequate to enforce this legislation, thus rendering the law ineffective,” wrote Tom Minnery, senior vice president of government and public policy at Focus on the Family Action.”

New law alters big poker tourney (Philadelphia Inquirer, 05/20/07)
“But now the online companies – key drivers in poker’s popularity – are mostly unwelcome at the World Series because of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act that was signed into law last year. While the law doesn’t criminalize online card-playing, it largely prohibits online gambling businesses and the funding of gambling accounts. As a result, some large online operators, such as PartyPoker, have stopped accepting U.S. customers. Other companies, such as PokerStars and FullTilt, still accept U.S. players.”

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