Headlines: Poker, Law and Politics (10/03/07)

articles:
Web entrepreneur gambles on legality of betting site (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 10/03/07)

Belfanti: Let nonprofits Hold ‘em (The Daily Item, 10/02/07)

G2E set for Las Vegas – Expo to focus on high-tech, online issues (GamingToday, 10/03/07)

France not against online gaming (Poker Listings, 9/30/07)

NAFCU eyes impact on CUs of Internet betting rule (NAFCU, 10/02/07)

Jeff Haney tells how longtime insiders see online poker helping, instead of hurting, the game (Las Vegas Sun, 10/03/07)

excerpts:
Web entrepreneur gambles on legality of betting site (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 10/03/07)
“The trouble for Betcha.com started when the Washington Gambling Commission contacted Jenkins, a Georgetown law graduate, about his Web site and asked him to shut it down as an illegal gambling site under a new state law. Jenkins declined, saying that Betcha.com isn’t governed under the Internet ban approved by the Legislature in summer 2006.”

Belfanti: Let nonprofits Hold ‘em (The Daily Item, 10/02/07)
“State Rep. Robert E. Belfanti Jr. said Monday he will co-sponsor legislation that would allow volunteer fire departments, veterans organizations and other nonprofits to hold card tournaments as fundraisers. “The popularity of Texas Hold ‘em, blackjack and other card games has skyrocketed,” said Rep. Belfanti, D-107 of Mount Carmel. “These represent an important potential source of fundraising revenue for nonprofit groups.”

G2E set for Las Vegas – Expo to focus on high-tech, online issues (GamingToday, 10/03/07)
“Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the gaming industry’s largest convention and tradeshow, has announced its roster of events and guest speakers for next month’s conclave. The panelists include U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada, former Senator Alfonse D’Amato, who is now chairman of the Poker Players Alliance, Terry Lanni, chairman and CEO of MGM Mirage, and Gary Loveman, chairman of Harrah’s Entertainment.”

France not against online gaming (Poker Listings, 9/30/07)
“In a recent interview with Agence France-Presse, French minister Eric Woerth made it clear that the French government was not against online gaming as long as it was regulated. The timing is interesting because France has been receiving warnings from the rest of the European Union, which has pointed a finger at the country for not complying with free-trade agreements when it comes to online gaming.”

NAFCU eyes impact on CUs of Internet betting rule (NAFCU, 10/02/07)
“NAFCU will soon publish a Regulatory Alert to garner members’ input on how credit unions stand to be affected by a proposed rule barring the use of payment systems for illegal Internet gambling transactions. The proposed rule implements the Unlawful Interstate Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. Based on an early analysis by NAFCU’s regulatory affairs staff, it appears that most credit unions will be not be affected by onerous new monitoring and blocking activities targeting illegal betting transactions.”

Jeff Haney tells how longtime insiders see online poker helping, instead of hurting, the game (Las Vegas Sun, 10/03/07)
“For Phil Field and his colleagues on the old Midwestern nightclub booking circuit, it was like a perverse precursor to those fantasy sports leagues drafts that would become popular decades later. Field, best known in Las Vegas as the founder and publisher of Card Player magazine from 1988 to 1993, was reminded of his former career after reading our recent column on the effects of Internet poker on established brick-and-mortar card rooms.”

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