Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (09/12/07)

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articles:

Frank assessment: Bet bill stalled (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 09/12/07)


Online gambling thrives despite law (Star-Telegram, 09/12/07)

South Africa Moves Toward Legalizing Online Poker (CardPlayer, 09/12/07)

media:
Card Player talks to the new Executive Director of the Poker Player’s Alliance John Pappas (CardPlayerTV, 09/11/07)

Police sting uncovers illegal poker games in Bettendorf (Radio Iowa, 09/12/07)

press release:
iMEGA Responds, Contests US DoJ Dismissal Motion in UIEGA Challenge (IMEGA, 09/11/07)

excerpts:

Frank assessment: Bet bill stalled (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 09/12/07)

“Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., on Tuesday acknowledged his bill to overturn an Internet gambling ban has stalled, but he said pressure from foreign countries could revive the legislation. Frank, who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, conducted a hearing on the bill in June but no further action is planned this year. “It’s not dead. It’s not very active,” Frank said. “It depends on whether or not there’s support. I don’t think there’s support for it yet. It’s growing.” Frank said it is up to gamblers to push efforts to overturn the ban, but then quickly corrected himself. “I take it back. If the EU (European Union) gets into this WTO (World Trade Organization) thing, that’s a lot more pressure,” he said.”

Online gambling thrives despite law (Star-Telegram, 09/12/07)
“I don’t see it’s had any serious impact on online gambling with one exception,” said James Kelly, a business law professor at SUNY College at Buffalo and co-editor of Gaming Law Review. “It’s forced the publicly traded companies to be very wary of taking any American customers.” Many U.S. gamblers skirt the restrictions by giving their money to a third-party site that then transfers it to the gambling site.”

South Africa Moves Toward Legalizing Online Poker (CardPlayer, 09/12/07)
“Passing of National Gambling Amendment Bill Brings Legal Online Poker One Step Closer South Africa’s parliament yesterday passed the National Gambling Amendment bill which aims to regulate online gaming, including poker. The bill, sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry, stipulates that online gaming vendors would have to obtain a national license and locate their servers and records within South Africa.”

media:
Card Player talks to the new Executive Director of the Poker Player’s Alliance John Pappas (CardPlayerTV, 09/11/07)

Police sting uncovers illegal poker games in Bettendorf (Radio Iowa, 09/12/07)
“Several people are facing charges after a nine-month long investigation into an eastern Iowa gambling operation. Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Ben Mims says 10 people were charged with Gaming and Betting on Monday night at a home in Bettendorf. One more person was cited for Interference with Official Acts. Undercover officers had been at the home monitoring illegal poker games involving large sums of cash.”

press release:
iMEGA Responds, Contests US DoJ Dismissal Motion in UIEGA Challenge (IMEGA, 09/11/07)
“Today, in accordance with the deadline set by Judge Mary L. Cooper, iMEGA’s legal team filed its brief with the US District Court in New Jersey (Trenton division), in response to a US Dept. of Justice motion to dismiss our complaint against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The defendants (US DoJ, Federal Trade Commission and Federal Reserve) contend that iMEGA does not have requisite standing to bring a complaint versus UIGEA, and, given that the rules and regulations for the new law have not yet been created, that the law is “unripe” for this kind of challenge.”

blog:
North Carolina Poker Bust Update (Up For Poker, 09/12/07)
“Within a few hours of the news breaking yesterday, word about Mike Gracz and Chris Bell’s poker raid outside of Raliegh, NC had spread just about everywhere. The reporting on the story ranged from standard to lackluster to a bit sensational. Because we at Up For Poker have spent more than a little time in underground Carolina poker rooms, we took more than a little interest in the North Carolina bust.”

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