Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (09/13/07)

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DebateRoom: Internet Gambling Deserves a New Chance (Business Week, 09/12/07)

Almaden group revives poker tournament fundraiser (Mercury News, 09/13/07)

Teens turn to poker for profit (Mercury News, 09/13/07)

EDITORIAL: Internet gambling ban under pressure (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 09/13/07)

Good News for American Poker Players – an Online Poker Site That’s Legal (All In, 9/07)

Is Irelands gambling deck stacked? (Silicon Republic, 09/13/07)

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DebateRoom: Internet Gambling Deserves a New Chance (Business Week, 09/12/07)
“The passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in October has led Antigua, which had previously sued America in 2003 before the World Trade Organization over the issue of Internet gambling, to seek relief before the world body once more. Chief among Antigua’s claims was that U.S. laws against Internet gambling constituted a trade barrier in violation of trade obligations.”

Almaden group revives poker tournament fundraiser (Mercury News, 09/13/07)
“It seems Lady Luck is smiling once more on the Almaden Business Association as it attempts to resurrect a poker tournament fundraiser it was forced to cancel last year only a few days before the event was to take place. The association is cashing in on a recent change to California state law that enables nonprofits to temporarily circumvent anti-gambling regulations. The law, which went into effect Jan. 1, will allow the association to hold its casino-style poker tournament as long as 90 percent of the money collected after recouping expenses is donated to charity. The group plans to hold a poker event to raise funds for the Almaden branch library.”

Teens turn to poker for profit (Mercury News, 09/13/07)
“Federal law bans U.S.-based online gambling and prohibits banks from transferring funds to gambling sites. But players easily skirt the prohibitions by gambling on offshore sites. Teens buy MasterCard and Visa gift cards at supermarkets, then deposit the funds through small financial firms that do business with online casinos.”

EDITORIAL: Internet gambling ban under pressure (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 09/13/07)
“Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., is trying to overturn the current federal ban on Internet gambling. What’s that? You didn’t know it was illegal? Well, that’s one of the problems. When governments pass toothless laws intended to block voluntary activities that harm no one except the volunteers, governments can end up looking toothless and goofy. The other problem is that a World Trade Organization panel ruled in March that the United States is violating international trade law by prohibiting Americans from gambling on Web sites based in the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda.”

Good News for American Poker Players – an Online Poker Site That’s Legal (All In, 9/07)
“It’s been a tough year for poker players. With the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) last September, millions of Americans suddenly found their favorite online poker sites gone or unable to accept deposits without going to extraordinary efforts. Until now, that is. With the entry of DuplicatePoker.com into the market, poker players now have an option that is safe, legal, and fun. It’s also something original. DuplicatePoker’s innovative twist on Texas Hold ‘em removes the luck of the draw and lets poker players rely on their skills to win. Furthermore, since DuplicatePoker is viewed as a skill game, it’s legal in most jurisdictions in the US. Poker players can deposit funds using Visa, MasterCard and American Express. No online poker site has been able to accept US credit cards since 2002.”

Is Irelands gambling deck stacked? (Silicon Republic, 09/13/07)
“But Ireland has plenty of reason to hope, or hedge its bets. The country is home to aggressive businesses like Paddy Power and Boyle Sports which are expanding their Ireland and UK empires online. Online gaming also represents potential inward investment opportunities for Ireland. Californian poker software company Tiltware which, as a result of draconian legislation left the US, is in the process of establishing a 200-strong corporate headquarters in Deansgrange, Dublin.”

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