Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (08/06/07)

articles:
World Series Proves Poker Game Of Skill (Poker Player Newspaper, 08/05/07)

Hearing set for Washington online poker lawsuit (PokerListings, 08/03/07)

Ron Paul Talks to Gambling911: “The Internet Should Not be Regulated” (Gambling911, 08/06/07)

Ace in the hole, one up his sleeve (Worchester Business Journal,  08/06/07)

Poker parlor deals a mystery (The Oregonian, 08/04/07)

Gambling and the Law: Is It Safe To Play Poker Online (Eye On Gambling, 08/02/07)

Online Gambling Shouldn’t be Outlawed Says Compulsive Gambling Expert (Gambling911, 08/05/07)

Focus on the Family Action, Others Urge Congress to Guard Gambling Law (Citizen Link, 08/02/07)

blog:
What We’re Up Against (Gene Bromberg, 08/06/07)

excerpts:

World Series Proves Poker Game Of Skill (Poker Player Newspaper, 08/05/07)
“The final table of the World Series of Poker’s main event shows, once again, that poker tournaments are games of skill. Courts have developed tests over the last couple of hundred years to determine whether a particular game is predominantly chance or skill. If courts and prosecutors were honest in applying these tests, at least no-limit Texas hold’em tournaments would have to be considered skill contests and not gambling. Let’s take a look at the most common tests and what happened on July 18, 2007.”

Hearing set for Washington online poker lawsuit (PokerListings, 08/03/07)
“Lee Rousso reported in the Poker Players Alliance forums that he has a Sept. 21 hearing date set for his lawsuit against the state of Washington in regards to its online gambling laws. He was initially aiming for an Aug. 31 court date, but Sept. 21 was the earliest date available on the judge’s calendar, according to Rousso. He will be submitting his brief on or before Aug. 24 for the hearing.”

Ron Paul Talks to Gambling911: “The Internet Should Not be Regulated” (Gambling911, 08/06/07)
“I asked him about his stance on internet gambling, and the bill he is co-sponsoring with Barney Frank (a Democrat).  He said that Congressman Frank had approached him about co-sponsoring the bill to legalize online gambling and he had agreed. “I  believe strongly that the internet should not be regulated by the federal government and believes even more strongly that people should be free to engage in the activities they wish, as long as they are willing to take responsibility for their actions.”

Ace in the hole, one up his sleeve (Worchester Business Journal,  08/06/07)

“National League probably couldn’t get away with requiring players to ante up for its games, anyway. Last October, the U.S. Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act as part of a port security bill. Gambling has three characteristics: Consideration, chance and prize. What National League did was remove the consideration. “Nobody has to pay anything,” Clebnik said. “We fall under sweepstakes and lottery law, and that’s a very different kind of legislation.”

Poker parlor deals a mystery (The Oregonian, 08/04/07)
“Justice Department officials at the time said the game had the three elements that equal gambling: money paid in by the player, chance, and money paid out as prizes or cash. They asked local law enforcement to investigate. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office didn’t spend much time looking into the business, Sgt. Bill Steele, a sheriff’s spokesman said Friday. It wasn’t a high priority, because National Poker Challenge wasn’t obviously breaking the law, he said. Any dispute over money the company owes players is a civil, not criminal, matter, Steele said.”

Gambling and the Law: Is It Safe To Play Poker Online (Eye On Gambling, 08/02/07)
“Most online poker players were merely annoyed when the failed politician, Bill Frist, used his position as Senate Majority Leader last year to ram his Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act through the Republican-controlled Congress.  Sites run by publicly traded companies, including the largest, PartyPoker, stopped accepting players from the U.S.  But privately owned Internet poker rooms found their businesses doubling.”

Online Gambling Shouldn’t be Outlawed Says Compulsive Gambling Expert (Gambling911, 08/05/07)
“Mr. Wexler believes that in order for the internet gambling companies to legitimize themselves in the eyes of the U.S. government, they need to develop and maintain Responsible Gaming Programs. Even with all the negativity Mr. Wexler sees through his work, he still believes in one’s right to govern their own behavior.  He does not believe that gambling should be outlawed.  If properly regulated and monitored it can be a entertaining recreational activity for all responsible adults to enjoy.”

Focus on the Family Action, Others Urge Congress to Guard Gambling Law (Citizen Link, 08/02/07)
“Last year, Congress enacted the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which prevents U.S. banks and credit card companies from processing payments to online gambling businesses outside the country. Now Focus on the Family and seven other pro-family organizations are urging lawmakers to guard the integrity of the act, which has come under fire from all sides.”

blog:
What We’re Up Against (Gene Bromberg, 08/06/07)
“Via Dan we learn what the charming far-right fanatics who oppose online gambling are up to these days. In this case it’s a letter sent to members of Congress urging them to resist any anti-UIGEA bills that might be introduced and demanding that additional attention be given to anti-gaming efforts. As usual it’s your typical collection of nonsense, fact-free statements and flat-out lies, but you can’t deny that these folks know what it takes to construct an effective lobbying letter”

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