Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/15/07)

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Click here for selected coverage of the Judiciary Hearing on Internet Gaming

articles:
Lawmaker raps Internet-gambling enforcement (Reuters, 11/14/07)

Restrictions on online wagering criticized (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11/15/07)

Tribe strikes deal to expand gaming (St. Petersburg Times, 11/15/07)

Cribbage ‘bust’: Dump dumb law (Kennebec Journal, 11/15/07)

Harrah’s Entertainment might get into online poker in Europe (Las Vegas Sun, 11/14/07)

Gaming officials say they’re ready to bet on the Web (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11/15/07)

House Subcommittee Votes For Slots In Frederick (WUSA 9, 11/14/07)

U.S. Treasury Department outlines exemptions on Internet gambling ban (CNBC, 11/14/07)

Internet gambling ban stirs feud (St.Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/15/07)

Regulating Internet Gaming – Internet Gaming (Washington Post, 11/14/07)

media:
House Committee Votes For Slots Referendum Measure (WBAL-11, 11/15/07)

press release:

Ban on Internet Gaming Violates Americans’ Liberty and U.S. World Treaty Obligations, Say Experts at House Judiciary Committee Hearing (SSIGI, 11/14/07)

Free Poker Provider PrizeWagon.com Enters the Facebook Social Network (PrizeWagon, 11/15/07)

excerpts:
Lawmaker raps Internet-gambling enforcement (Reuters, 11/14/07)
“The Democratic head of the House Judiciary Committee voiced frustration on Wednesday about what he said are disparities in the enforcement of U.S. Internet gambling laws. Chairman John Conyers questioned “the selective nature” of Internet gambling enforcement and said a ban enacted by lawmakers last year could end up hurting U.S. relations overseas.”

Restrictions on online wagering criticized (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11/15/07)
“Critics of a federal ban on Internet gambling urged lawmakers Wednesday to repair what they said was a flawed, selectively enforced law that infringes on personal liberties. The year-old legislation prohibits American banks from processing transactions tied to online gambling, but leaves a loophole for bets on horse racing, opponents told the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., has introduced a bill to commission a one-year study on the issue. Others on Wednesday said Congress should lift the ban in favor of federally regulated Internet gambling.”

Tribe strikes deal to expand gaming (St. Petersburg Times, 11/15/07)
“Calling it a “very historic day for Florida,” Gov. Charlie Crist agreed Wednesday to let the Seminole Tribe of Florida operate casino card games now banned in the state and slot machines at seven sites, including the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.”

Cribbage ‘bust’: Dump dumb law (Kennebec Journal, 11/15/07)
“The recent crackdown by Maine State Police on illegal cribbage games at a Gardiner American Legion post was not a Baldacci administration plot to dishonor veterans. It was not an abuse of police power. It was not the state’s greedy, heavy hand coming down on undeserving victims. It was, however, the quite legal application of a dumb law. The law being enforced was put on the books to keep illegal gambling at bay in Maine’s many clubs and fraternal organizations.”

Harrah’s Entertainment might get into online poker in Europe (Las Vegas Sun, 11/14/07)
“Casino giant Harrah’s Entertainment Inc.’s chief executive Gary Loveman said Wednesday he’s looking at taking the World Series of Poker brand into the realm of Internet poker in the U.K. and continental Europe. Loveman made the comment at the Global Gaming Expo, the largest trade show of the year for the North American casino industry.”

Gaming officials say they’re ready to bet on the Web (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11/15/07)
“Gaming companies are well-positioned for the eventual spread of legalized Internet gambling to the United States, top executives of the world’s two largest casino operators said Wednesday during a panel discussion at the Global Gaming Expo. Terry Lanni, MGM Mirage’s chairman and chief executive officer, said the company’s first venture into Internet gaming may have been unsuccessful financially, but it laid the groundwork for the company to return when the time is right.”

House Subcommittee Votes For Slots In Frederick (WUSA 9, 11/14/07)
“The subcommittee also decided to raise the amount that slot machine operators will receive from 30% of the revenue to 33%. In another change, the subcommittee voted to allow future expansions of gambling games such as blackjack or poker by a three-fifths vote of the House and Senate, instead of requiring a constitutional amendment, which Gov. Martin O’Malley is proposing to settle the slot machine debate in a referendum.”

U.S. Treasury Department outlines exemptions on Internet gambling ban (CNBC, 11/14/07)
“The Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve continue to finalize a new rule that would put the onus on banks to help crack down on online gambling by U.S. citizens, a Treasury official said Wednesday. In prepared remarks, Deputy Assistant Secretary Valerie Abend said banking regulators are focusing their efforts on banks that do business with gambling companies, as well as the interaction between U.S. banks and foreign banks that may be tied to online gambling.”

Internet gambling ban stirs feud (St.Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/15/07)
“A year after Congress passed a ban on Internet gambling, professional poker players and online software experts squared off against the Justice Department and gambling critics on Wednesday as a House committee examined how the law is working. Worries that the ban is receiving “selective enforcement” led to the Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, where U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway of St. Louis defended the Justice Department’s prosecutions. She said the department considers all forms of online betting illegal and dangerous, posing an “unacceptable risk” of gambling by minors and compulsive bettors.”

Regulating Internet Gaming – Internet Gaming (Washington Post, 11/14/07)
“Annie Duke, one of the top poker players in the world, was online Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 2:30 p.m. ET to discuss her testimony in behalf of the Poker Players Alliance, to be delivered Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee, examining U.S. policies relating to Internet gaming.”

media:
House Committee Votes For Slots Referendum Measure (WBAL-11, 11/15/07)

press release:

Ban on Internet Gaming Violates Americans’ Liberty and U.S. World Treaty Obligations, Say Experts at House Judiciary Committee Hearing (SSIGI, 11/14/07)
“Top experts testified before the House Committee on the Judiciary today and called for the U.S. to reverse it policies related to Internet gambling, arguing the prohibition of Internet gambling activities, the approach most recently undertaken in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), violates the American principles of personal freedom and individual
liberty.”

Deputy Assistant Secretary Valerie Abend Before the U.S. House of Representative Judiciary Committee (US Treasury, 11/14/07)
“The Act is designed to require the various payment systems to stop the flow of funds from gamblers to businesses providing unlawful Internet gambling services. To accomplish this, the Act requires the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Board, in consultation with the Justice Department, to jointly prescribe regulations requiring participants in designated payment systems to establish policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to prevent or prohibit such funding flows.”

Free Poker Provider PrizeWagon.com Enters the Facebook Social Network (PrizeWagon, 11/15/07)
“PrizeWagon.com, an innovator in the free poker realm, has announced the official release of its first Facebook application, PrizeWagon’s AceBook Poker. By integrating its popular free multi-player poker game with Facebook, Prizewagon immediately provides all Facebook users with access to the same games, cash, and prizes that current PrizeWagon.com users enjoy. No newcomers to the world of advertising-supported free poker play, PrizeWagon.com launched in April of 2006 and has since amassed a large and ever-growing member base.”

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