Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/23/07)

articles:
Banks clamp down on gaming companies (Antigua Sun, 07/23/07)

Gambling restrictions put damper on card games (Journal Sentinel, 07/22/07)

Five More Sponsors For Anti-UIGEA Bill (Online Casinos, 07/22/07)

Early voting begins in Kanawha County on table games (Charleston Daily Mail, 07/23/07)

Poker As a Game of Skill: Interview With Congressman Robert Wexler, Part One (PokerNews, 07/22/07)

Poker As a Game of Skill: Interview With Congressman Robert Wexler, Part Two (PokerNews, 07/21/07)

Poker Pros to Face Off With Computer (Washington Post, 07/22/07)

excerpts:
Banks clamp down on gaming companies (Antigua Sun, 07/23/07)
“Regulations under America’s Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) are nearly two weeks overdue, but their effects are already being felt on Antigua and Barbuda’s online gambling industry. The UIGEA, which was passed last year, made it illegal for banks and other financial institutions, like credit card companies, to process and transmit payments for transactions with online gaming companies. The US legislation seeks to effectively prohibit gamblers from using credit cards, cheques and electronic transfers to settle online wagers.”

Gambling restrictions put damper on card games (Journal Sentinel, 07/22/07)
“With the rise in popularity of poker, police are cracking down on tournament organizers who give prizes….But the prizes mean a lot to law enforcement authorities, some of whom are cracking down on poker tournaments as the card game rides a new wave of popularity in Wisconsin and elsewhere. West Allis city officials recently shut down tournaments at two local taverns, notifying the organizers that any prize of value would render their games illegal.”

Five More Sponsors For Anti-UIGEA Bill (Online Casinos, 07/22/07)
“Support for Congressman Frank’s bid to regulate online gambling in the USA grows. July has been a good month for Congressman Barney Frank, Chairman of the influential House Financial Services Committee and author of Bill HR 2046 the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act which proposes the regulation and taxation of Internet gambling in the United States instead of banning the pastime.”

Early voting begins in Kanawha County on table games (Charleston Daily Mail, 07/23/07)
“Several hundred voters helped open early balloting on the table games question in Kanawha County, including dozens of area ministers launching a get-out-the-vote campaign to defeat the initiative. Employees of Tri-State Racetrack & Gaming Center also lined up to vote Friday on whether to allow such casino table games as poker, blackjack and craps at the Nitro track.”

Poker As a Game of Skill: Interview With Congressman Robert Wexler, Part One (PokerNews, 07/22/07)
“Robert Wexler is a Congressman from the 19th District in Florida who recently introduced what could be a very important piece of legislation for poker players. The Skill Game Protection Act seeks create a ‘carve out’ in the current legislative environment such that poker could be classified as a game of skill, and in turn citizens would be permitted to play poker on the Internet. Carve outs currently exist for things like horse racing, and lotteries on the internet, and the Skill Game Protection Act seeks to add poker to that list.”

Poker As a Game of Skill: Interview With Congressman Robert Wexler, Part Two (PokerNews, 07/21/07)
“In part one of our interview with Congressman Robert Wexler yesterday, we discussed the piece of legislation that he recently introduced into Congress. In part two of the interview, Wexler talks about the process that must be undertaken to get bills like his ‘Skill Game Protection Act’ passed.”

Poker Pros to Face Off With Computer (Washington Post, 07/22/07)
“Poker champion Phil Laak has a good chance of winning when he sits down this week to play 2,000 hands of Texas Hold’em _ against a computer. It may be the last chance he gets. Computers have gotten a lot better at poker in recent years; they’re good enough now to challenge top professionals like Laak, who won the World Poker Tour invitational in 2004. But it’s only a matter of time before the machines take a commanding lead in the war for poker supremacy.”

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