Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/31/07)

articles:
Poker jokester creates stir with petition drive (Tri-Valley Herald, 07/31/07)


Online Gambling: It’s All Over Without iMEGA (Gambling911, 07/31/07)

Prison sentence handed to operator of gambling house (Lexington Herald-Leader, 07/31/07)

PokerStars Achieve Official Certification from GamCare UK (PokerNews, 07/31/07)

excerpts:

Poker jokester creates stir with petition drive (Tri-Valley Herald, 07/31/07)
“An online poker player well known as a jokester in the Internet gaming community is wheeling and dealing for state government to set up an online version of the popular card game, with a huge pot on the table — Californians’ pocketbooks. The secretary of state’s office late Friday cleared Anthony Sandstrom of San Diego, known as “Tuff Fish” in YouTube poker comedies, to circulate petitions putting his proposed initiative on a statewide ballot, where voters could create an Internet poker gambling agency.”

Online Gambling: It’s All Over Without iMEGA (Gambling911, 07/31/07)
“iMEGA is the trade organization that is currently challenging a controversial online gambling ban.  The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act – passed in October – requires banking institutions to monitor and prevent transactions for the purpose of online gambling activity in the United States. While there is currently a move by several politicians to have the law repealed, that process could take months, assuming it happens at all.  The UIGEA ordered banks to have in place an “across the board policy” demonstrating how such transactions would be monitored.”

Prison sentence handed to operator of gambling house (Lexington Herald-Leader, 07/31/07)
“He was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Thomas Russell. Clayton also admitted to maneuvering bank transactions to avoid reporting requirements. Russell told Clayton that he will serve the entire sentence because there is no parole in the federal court system. Clayton told Russell that he didn’t know he was violating the law when he hosted poker games.”

PokerStars Achieve Official Certification from GamCare UK (PokerNews, 07/31/07)
“In the current climate, it seems inevitable that, to some extent, online poker is going to be more carefully regulated going forward. Industry giant PokerStars appear to have got a headstart and potentially won over a lot of detractors as they have announced they have received official certification from GamCare UK for their efforts to promote responsible gaming.”

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