Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/26/07)

articles:
IGREA Gets 40th Co-Sponsor Following PPA Trip tp DC (Casino Gambling Web, 10/26/07)

Online Gambling Firms Urge EU To Turn To U.S. Congress (Reuters, 10/25/07)

Poker industry refuses to fold (UK Guardian, 10/26/07)

Players state case for lifting poker ban (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/26/07)

**Click here for more coverage of the PPA DC Fly-In**

press release:
PPA Fly-In Recap from John Pappas (Poker Players Alliance, 10/26/07)

Average Joes Head to Washington (PocketFives, 10/25/07)

blog:
Massachusetts Casino Proposal Attacks Online Poker (We’re on a couch, 10/23/07)

excerpts:
IGREA Gets 40th Co-Sponsor Following PPA Trip tp DC (Casino Gambling Web, 10/26/07)
“Congressman Jim Moran [VA-8] became the 40th co-sponsor of Barney Frank’s bill H.R.2046, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act( IGREA), bringing the total to 41, including Frank. Rep. Moran is serving his 9th term in the House, representing Alexandria, Falls Church, Reston, Arlington County, and parts of Fairfax County. Currently, Rep. Moran is a member of the House Appropriations committee, serving on the sub-committees of Defense and Interior. “

Online Gambling Firms Urge EU To Turn To U.S. Congress (Reuters, 10/25/07)
“Online gambling firms want European Union trade chief Peter Mandelson to change tack over a controversial move by the United States to close its multi-billion dollar gambling market to foreign firms. EU companies, many of them world leaders and including PartyGaming, Bwin, Sporting Bet and 888.com, saw their stock market value plunge in 2006 after the United States shut off their biggest market.”

Poker industry refuses to fold (UK Guardian, 10/26/07)
“More than 100 of America’s top poker players descended on Washington earlier this week to lobby politicians to rescind the controversial law that aims to prohibit online gambling. Repercussions continue apace from the legislation, which last year sent UK betting enterprises such as PartyGaming scurrying back across the Atlantic and sparked huge falls in their shares. Earlier this week the World Trade Organisation and the US announced that they needed more time to work out the envisaged billions of dollars worth of compensation, as the ban breaks global trade rules.”

Players state case for lifting poker ban (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/26/07)
“Poker is good for you. That’s what Internet poker players are telling members of Congress this week as they lobby to exempt poker from an online gambling ban. “Really, poker is just much closer to chess than it is to the other standard casino games,” said Andrew Woods, a student at Harvard Law School who has played poker to help pay for his education.”

**Click here for more coverage of the PPA DC Fly-In**

press release:
PPA Fly-In Recap from John Pappas (Poker Players Alliance, 10/26/07)
“From Oct 22 – 24, nearly 100 PPA members including some of the top professional poker players converged on Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and defended your right to play online poker. By all accounts the Washington Fly-In and policy conference was a huge success and we made a significant impression on Congress and the media.”

Average Joes Head to Washington (PocketFives, 10/25/07)

“Turning on the television Wednesday night, I ran across a news story on Fox concerning the Poker Player’s Alliance Fly-In Event that concluded earlier that day in Washington, D.C. Poker pro Howard Lederer and PPA Executive Director John Pappas were interviewed by Sinclair Broadcasting, who owns the local Fox affiliate, breaking down the events from Capitol Hill. Around 100 members of the PPA converged on Washington to promote a common interest – online poker. Backed by a star-studded cast of lobbyists and poker pros, the Average Joe met with his local Congressman about the issue.”

blog:
Massachusetts Casino Proposal Attacks Online Poker (We’re on a couch, 10/23/07)
“Before you jump for joy at Governor Deval Patrick’s attempt to open up 3 casinos in Massachusetts, read closer. If the bill passes, playing online poker is punishable by two years in prison or a $25,000 fine. The text from the proposal is after the jump. This seems to be one of those unenforceable laws, but it still casts a dark shadow on gambling.”

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