Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/10/07)

articles:
House not quite as full for 2007 – Ban on Internet poker coincides with fewer entrants (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 07/10/07)

World Series of Poker field still massive despite new law (USA Today, 07/09/07)

Betting Web site Betcha.com shut down – Founder disputes claims it violates state gambling ban (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 07/10/07)

excerpts:

House not quite as full for 2007 – Ban on Internet poker coincides with fewer entrants (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 07/10/07)
“On the final session of the four-day opening round of the World Series of Poker main event, Internet poker was given a brief moment in the spotlight. Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, who now heads a nonprofit organization attempting to legalize online poker, called out the traditional “shuffle up and deal” to kick off play Monday. Meanwhile, Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., who has introduced legislation that would exempt poker from the Internet gambling ban passed by Congress last year, made an appearance inside the Rio’s World Series of Poker tournament room, receiving a warm reception from both players and spectators.”

World Series of Poker field still massive despite new law (USA Today, 07/09/07)
“The smaller field has been attributed to a federal law prohibiting banks and credit card companies from making U.S. customer payments to online sites for any type of gambling illegal under U.S. law. As a result, the WSOP did not accept registrations via online tournaments this year. “Last year you had PartyPoker.com sending a ton of people. You had ParadisePoker.com sending quite a few, you had SunPoker.com and all the other smaller sites,” Bluff magazine publisher Eric Morris said. “And they’re not filling the seats this year.” Poker pro Robert Williamson III said the legislation hurt poker at first but he has seen a “massive” increase in live events. “People are going to find a way to play whether it’s in casinos or online,” he said.”

Betting Web site Betcha.com shut down – Founder disputes claims it violates state gambling ban (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 07/10/07)
“Washington State Gambling Commission investigators seized computers from a new Seattle-based Internet-betting site Monday, claiming the business violated the state’s 2006 online gambling ban — a contention the site’s founder strongly disputes. Agents with a search warrant confiscated laptops and computer monitors before Betcha.com’s seven employees arrived to work in the company’s North Seattle office.”

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