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MINTON: Obama axes the right to play Internet poker
The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2011 | Michelle Minton

Posted on 04/23/2011 4:28:07 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Last week, while many people reported their income to the Internal Revenue Service, others suddenly found their source of income shut off. On a day now known among online poker players as “Black Friday,” the Department of Justice did us Americans the favor of saving us from ourselves by shutting down the three most popular and trusted online poker platforms.

Not only did the department seize the three domain names, it also froze 77 accounts around the world and charged the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, among others. What’s there crime? While the charges very carefully center on bank fraud, the heart of the department’s clampdown on Internet gambling stems from the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). Passed during a midnight vote in 2006, the UIGEA doesn’t actually prohibit online gambling but rather bans credit-processing companies from processing payments from “unlawful” online gambling activities. However, the bill never clarifies what it means by “unlawful” activities.

After the law’s passage, several online poker companies continued to operate in the United States, and Justice has turned the prosecution of those entities into a very lucrative endeavor. United Kingdom-based SportingBet, an online betting platform, signed a non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. government last year in return for a payment of $33 million, and in 2008, the co-founder of PartyGaming.com paid authorities $300 million in a settlement. In last week’s indictment, Justice announced that it was seeking a total of $3 billion from the poker companies. Compare this with the $105 million fine that Wachovia, which was found to be laundering billions of dollars in drug money, paid to the U.S. government, and one must wonder what kind of metric Justice uses when deciding which injustices to pursue.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: doj; onlinegambling; onlinepoker; shutdown

1 posted on 04/23/2011 4:28:11 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; paltz; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; ...

Praise-Jesus-and-support-your-local-Harrah’s nanny state PING!


2 posted on 04/23/2011 4:30:14 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Follow me on Twitter @mpetrie98)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It’s now official. The United States Government is a continuing criminal enterprise.


3 posted on 04/23/2011 4:37:14 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman

I got to wonder where that blackmail money is going.


4 posted on 04/23/2011 4:41:56 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Funny, I don’t see nearly so much outrage when DOJ manipulates legal “Interpretation” to hose the U.S. Firearms industry.

Firearms are specifically protected under the second amendment, gambling away the kids college fund (or the rent) is not.


5 posted on 04/23/2011 4:41:56 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“What’s’ there crime”

Seriously?


6 posted on 04/23/2011 4:42:13 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
unforgiven
7 posted on 04/23/2011 4:42:19 PM PDT by FrankR (Liberals Don't Have Scruples, Judgement or Morals...only MOTIVES.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The government is deeply involved in casino and other forms of gambling in many states, and gets huge amounts of revenue from the activity.

The DOJ is just protecting the government turf and its income stream.

Lots of legal action on all governmental levels to tackle untaxed gambling activities nowadays.


8 posted on 04/23/2011 4:52:12 PM PDT by I_Like_Spam
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To: yldstrk

The crime is that they don’t get their cut.

Think Saprano’s or Chicago politics. Same thing.


9 posted on 04/23/2011 4:58:50 PM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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To: GeronL

Green fees.


10 posted on 04/23/2011 5:02:55 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: yldstrk
“What’s’ there crime”
Seriously?

I was amused by that too. Even at a relatively conservative newspaper, you don't have to be literate to be a journalist.

11 posted on 04/23/2011 5:06:35 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Obama axes the right to play Internet poker

Who did he axe? What was their answer?

12 posted on 04/23/2011 5:06:47 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: samtheman

So true. Your post brought to mind a scene from “The Godfather.” It was in the beginning of the movie at the wedding when Michael says to Kay (I’m paraphrasing here) “My father is no different than any other powerful man such as a Governor or Senator.” Kay says “Oh Michael don’t be so naive.” Michael then says to Kay “who is being naive Kay.”

As I said I was paraphrasing but you get the point. I remember the scene because all those years ago I, like Kay, was soooo naive. It wasn’t long after that when my eyes were opened and I have ever since seen politicians for what they are. I’ll tell ya the current regime makes “the mob” look like choir boys.


13 posted on 04/23/2011 5:07:47 PM PDT by Graneros ("The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits." — Albert Einstein)
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To: hadaclueonce

This stench got doubled down. What the article neglected to mention was that the District of Columbia ‘local’ government entered the online poker business at almost the same time as the Department of Justice was removing their competition. No other local or state government in the US offer online poker.


14 posted on 04/23/2011 5:08:40 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (JC Mark II: a month late and $2.3T short. Again!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The real crime is that these were shut down the same day DC legalized online gambling. Pure cronyism.


15 posted on 04/23/2011 5:13:39 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (Great children's books - http://www.UsborneBooksGA.com)
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To: JohnBovenmyer

It is all about the cut brother. Now they have the balls to do it in public.


16 posted on 04/23/2011 5:16:06 PM PDT by hadaclueonce ("Endeavor to persevere.")
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To: yldstrk; Tax-chick
“What’s’ there crime”

Seriously?

Aw, he probably meant "What's there -- crime?" ;-)

17 posted on 04/23/2011 5:38:22 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: GeronL

A billion dollars to get re-elected?

Oh, wait...you said blackMAIL...my bad...


18 posted on 04/23/2011 6:06:13 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me...Make Me Write Bad Checks)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I believe it says you cannot pay with a credit card. Like some states make it illegal to sell beer on credit.


19 posted on 04/23/2011 6:10:20 PM PDT by org.whodat
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To: bigheadfred

land of the free and home of the black hand.


20 posted on 04/23/2011 6:10:55 PM PDT by rokkitapps
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To: rokkitapps

...but not the blackjack...


21 posted on 04/23/2011 6:12:27 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me...Make Me Write Bad Checks)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I guess they weren’t paying their fair share of taxes.


22 posted on 04/23/2011 6:29:22 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; All

But remember folks, it’s that dastardly “Religious Right” that wants to control what you do with your life...

/s


23 posted on 04/23/2011 6:54:41 PM PDT by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (What if God doesn't WANT the Gospel rescued from fundamentalism?)
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To: Graneros
I’ll tell ya the current regime makes “the mob” look like choir boys.

Leave the gun. Take the Cannoli.

24 posted on 04/24/2011 4:32:54 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: ctdonath2

As I recall, the Republicans passed this bill.


25 posted on 04/24/2011 6:00:45 AM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Condor51

“Leave the gun. Take the Cannoli.”

LOL. Another great line from a great movie. But I think for this crew it would be: Hey don’t leave that gun, the cops are having a buy back. Take the watermelon.


26 posted on 04/24/2011 9:52:02 AM PDT by Graneros ("The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits." — Albert Einstein)
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