Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/17/07)

articles:
Poker as Politics – Interview with Alfonse D’Amato, Part Two (Poker News, 07/17/07)

Online gaming in the shadows – Bills to ease gambling get tepid support (Las Vegas Sun, 07/17/07)

UIGEA Regs to be Published ‘Soon’ (Online Casinos, 07/17/07)

CariCom Supports Antigua over WTO Dispute with USA (PokerPages, 07/14/07)

World Series of Poker: Who’s Holding The Cards Really Matters (CNBC, 07/17/07)

excerpts:

Poker as Politics – Interview with Alfonse D’Amato, Part Two (Poker News, 07/17/07)
“Yesterday, we ran part one of our interview with former Senator, and current Poker Players Alliance Chairman Alfonse D’Amato. Today, Senator D’Amato discusses what he thinks the future might hold for online poker, and when that future may actually come to pass.”

Online gaming in the shadows – Bills to ease gambling get tepid support (Las Vegas Sun, 07/17/07)
“The speedy passage last fall of legislation making it more difficult for Americans to gamble online has led to three bills that take aim at the restrictions. They are finding robust support from Internet gambling enthusiasts, but garnering little attention from politicians, who face more pressing policy issues than the right to gamble from home. Indeed, some experts say, the shadowy world of Internet betting will remain that way for some time, or at least until a new president is elected. For most lawmakers, pushing for legislation benefiting what some call a “sin” industry isn’t a way to win votes.”

UIGEA Regs to be Published ‘Soon’ (Online Casinos, 07/17/07)
“The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 requires the Department of the Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (in consultation with the Department of Justice) to jointly prescribe regulations for designated payment systems and financial transaction providers that implement certain provisions of the [UIGEA]. “The Agencies anticipate that proposed regulations will be published in the Federal Register for public comment in the near future.”

CariCom Supports Antigua over WTO Dispute with USA (PokerPages, 07/14/07)
“The 28-nation Caribbean Community and Common Market, CariCom, has announced they fully support member Antigua and Barbuda in efforts against the United States to end the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) that prevents offshore Internet gambling companies from taking US customers. Antigua and Barbuda filed the original World Trade Origanication (WTO) case in 2003 against the United States to end U.S. protectionist behavior towards foreign online gambling companies, while still allowing domestic online gambling.”

World Series of Poker: Who’s Holding The Cards Really Matters (CNBC, 07/17/07)
“Poker has had a tough year, with congressional legislation that has taken some of the big players out of the U.S. market. That in turn has hurt the turnout–the 6,358 entrants in the main event, down more than 25 percent from last year’s number. To take this further, the fewer number of people paying the $10,000 fee, means there’s less for the winner ($8.25 million vs. $12 million last year).

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