Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $22,213
26%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 26% is in!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: onlinegambling

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Internet gambling could soon be imposed on all 50 states

    04/09/2014 9:32:31 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)
    We need to have a debate about whether we really want a full casino attached to every smartphone in America. With the wave of the executive branch magic wand, unfettered Internet gambling could soon be imposed on all 50 states. When the Department of Justice (DOJ) unilaterally reinterpreted the 1961 Wire Act in December 2011, the DOJ circumvented the democratic process and opened the door for a massive policy change absent any significant public debate. We unequivocally oppose the legalization of online gaming.
  • FBI blocked in corruption probe involving Sens. Reid, Lee (Long piece, DOJ involved)

    03/13/2014 6:30:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 13, 2014 | John Solomon
    Agents quietly working with Utah prosecutors to make case in DOJ absenceFBI agents working alongside Utah state prosecutors in a wide-ranging corruption investigation have uncovered accusations of wrongdoing by two of the U.S. Senate’s most prominent figures — Majority Leader Harry Reid and rising Republican Sen. Mike Lee — but the Justice Department has thwarted their bid to launch a full federal investigation. The probe, conducted by one Republican and one Democratic state prosecutor in Utah, has received accusations from an indicted businessman and political donor, interviewed other witnesses and gathered preliminary evidence such as financial records, Congressional Record statements...
  • Holder Plays Strip Poker

    07/09/2012 5:59:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    Strip poker is one of Attorney General Eric Holder’s favorite games. As in, he evidently enjoys stripping online poker entrepreneurs of their Fourth Amendment rights. Holder is the head of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), which is currently stripping online gaming entrepreneurs of their intellectual property rights. Technically, online gambling has never been declared “illegal” in the U.S. and yet the DOJ is citing a hazy law in order to allege that online gambling is a crime. On Monday, July 2, the federal government arrested Los Angeles native Ray Bitar as he landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport...
  • Online Poker Kings Get Cashed Out

    02/29/2012 12:56:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Village Voice ^ | February 29, 2012 | Chris Parker
    When you've turned nothing into something once already, you tend to feel like you can do it again. There's faith your luck will turn. Perhaps it's delusion. But for a professional poker player, self-confidence is essential. So it is for Walter Wright, who now finds himself in Costa Rica. He left his wife and two children behind to redeem their failing finances and faltering marriage by doing something that's now illegal in the United States—playing poker online. Wright's life began to change in 2005, when he followed his then-girlfriend from New Orleans to Virginia, where she was beginning law school...
  • Admin. relaxes online gambling rules

    12/26/2011 10:01:48 AM PST · by ColdOne · 5 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 12/26/11 | BYRON TAU
    Reuters reports that the Obama administration has reversed a long-standing ban on Internet gambling, clearing the way for states to legalize and regulate it: The Obama administration cleared the way for states to legalize Internet poker and certain other online betting in a switch that may help them reap billions in tax revenue and spur web-based gambling. A Justice Department opinion dated September and made public on Friday reversed decades of previous policy that included civil and criminal charges against operators of some of the most popular online poker sites. Until now, the department held that online gambling in all
  • MINTON: Obama axes the right to play Internet poker

    04/23/2011 4:28:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 23, 2011 | Michelle Minton
    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...
  • Reid Backs Legalizing Web Poker

    12/03/2010 9:41:21 AM PST · by battletank · 30 replies
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | December 3, 2010 | ALEXANDRA BERZON
    Staffers for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid are circulating a bill to legalize poker playing on the Internet that's backed by large casino interests. The Nevada casino companies pushing the measure were among the Democrat's biggest donors during his fierce re-election fight. They argue the bill would provide consumer protection for poker players and would provide some tax revenue for federal and state governments.
  • Bipartisan coalition unites to legalize online gambling - and tax it

    07/26/2009 2:36:55 PM PDT · by Dubya · 13 replies · 295+ views
    STAR-TELEGRAM ^ | ANNA M. TINSLEY
    Bipartisanship is in short supply in Washington these days, but a diverse coalition ranging from liberal Democrat Barney Frank of Massachusetts to conservative Republican Joe Barton of Arlington is uniting in a high-stakes push to legalize Internet poker gambling.
  • Frank gets one Right - Republicans need to Back Economic Freedom

    05/05/2009 12:22:32 PM PDT · by Scott Martin · 6 replies · 428+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | 5-5-09 | Scott Martin
    When the liberals are seen as being on the side of economic liberty, and conservatives are seen as opposing it, something has gone seriously awry. But such is the case right now on at least one issue: online gambling. And Barney Frank (of all people) is the voice of reason. U.S. Representative Barney Frank will unveil legislation on Wednesday to roll back a U.S. ban on online gambling, he said in a statement on Tuesday. The Massachusetts Democrat said his legislation "will enable Americans to bet online and put an end to an inappropriate interference with their personal freedom." And...
  • U.S. lawmaker to push repeal of online gambling ban(it's Barney!)

    02/21/2009 5:51:46 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 543+ views
    Reueters ^ | 02/20/09 | Doug Palmer
    U.S. lawmaker to push repeal of online gambling ban Fri Feb 20, 2009 3:35pm EST By Doug Palmer WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Democratic lawmaker will push legislation this year to repeal a U.S. ban on Internet gambling that has hurt trade ties with the European Union, a congressional aide said. "The bill introduction should happen in the next month," a spokesman for House of Representatives Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank said. On Thursday, Reuters reported the EU could file a complaint about U.S. enforcement of the gambling ban at the World Trade Organization. "Mr. Frank will bring back...
  • Obama Inauguration Creates Joy In Online Casino Industry

    01/19/2009 5:22:57 AM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies · 590+ views
    New Online Casinos ^ | 1/19/2009 | Ciara Trenton
    To say that the online gaming community is happy about the outcome of November's presidential election results would be the understatement of the year. On Tuesday, the US, the world, and the online casino industry, all put their hopes and dreams for the future in President Barack Obama's hands. There are many pressing issues for Obama to begin tackle. first and foremost is the economy, and that is what has the online community thrilled. In order to help fix that economy, the new president may need to turn to online gambling for money. It has already been documented by representatives...
  • MS, Google fined for Net gambling

    12/19/2007 9:24:59 PM PST · by skully · 5 replies · 180+ views
    Indiatimes ^ | DECEMBER 20, 2007 | AFP
    WASHINGTON: Microsoft, Yahoo and Google agreed to pay a total of $31.5 million to settle a government probe into their role in promoting online gambling dating back to 1997, officials said.
  • Internet gambling is a target of Patrick bill (Big Brother is ALREADY watching???)

    11/10/2007 5:23:00 AM PST · by xtinct · 66 replies · 146+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/10/07 | Matt Viser
    Even as Governor Deval Patrick seeks to license three resort casinos in Massachusetts, he hopes to clamp down on the explosion in Internet gambling by making it illegal for state residents to place a bet on line. He has proposed jail terms of up to two years and $25,000 fines for violators. The provision, buried deep in Patrick's bill to allow three casinos to the state, puts the governor at odds with a fellow Democrat: US Representative Barney Frank, the sponsor of federal legislation to license and regulate online gambling nationally. Yesterday Frank strongly criticized the governor's plan to punish...
  • The Absolute Poker Scandal

    10/20/2007 6:56:10 AM PDT · by George W. Bush · 21 replies · 1,667+ views
    CasinoSmack.com ^ | 10/16/2007 | staff
    The Absolute Poker Scandal October 16th, 2007 · 5 Comments Is AbsolutePoker.com rigged?Either way, the company is in big trouble. What follows in this post is huge news in the world of online poker and online casinos.Our story begins in 2003. Absolute Poker’s software is in development and many test accounts are created to make sure the program is working correctly. One of these test accounts, known as account #363, can see the hole cards at any table. This test account can not be used to play in real money games, it is only used for development purposes to see...
  • Unofficial (Bloggers for Paul at Hampton Inn) N.J. Straw Poll Results (Paul First, Fred Second)

    09/29/2007 1:25:35 PM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 78 replies · 886+ views
    Ron Paul for New Jersey ^ | September 29, 2007
    %-John McCain, Sam Brownback, Alan Keyes, John Cox >1%-Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter 12%-Fred Thompson 73%-Ron Paul
  • Climb On Board The 'Ron Paul Revolution'

    09/16/2007 8:53:29 AM PDT · by NapkinUser · 335 replies · 4,287+ views
    TheDay ^ | 9/16/2007 | Marc Guttman
    When Americans evaluate today's political landscape, most feel something between impotence and disapproval. So, while citizens shake their heads or shrug at the mainstream media's “top tier” presidential candidates, it is extraordinary how many are becoming overjoyed about one lesser covered candidate. Tens-of-thousands have joined the appropriately named Ron Paul Revolution, joining Meetup.com groups, putting up signs, and crossing states to attend rallies. Congressman Ron Paul's genuine message and untarnished record of promoting individual liberty for everyone, a free-market economy of wealth and abundance, and a foreign policy of non-intervention, peace and free trade, has attracted vast support from diverse...
  • Rep. Bachus and the Intertrons (Blames the Internet for underage gambling 30 years ago)

    06/20/2007 10:45:26 AM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 11 replies · 333+ views
    The Agitator ^ | June 19, 2007 | Radley Balko
    I just received the transcript to my testimony before Congress earlier this month on Internet gambling. I thought you might enjoy one of the odder exchanges I had at the hearing. The exchange was with Rep. Spence Bachus, and I guess this was supposed to be his "gotcha" question for me. To be honest, I was so floored by the sheer ignorance of the question, I didn't quite know how to respond. To set up the exchange, one of the points of contention during the hearing was the reliability of age verification systems. Enjoy. Mr. Bachus: Mr. Balko, in your...
  • Neteller's Open and Honest Conspiracy

    02/07/2007 3:34:49 PM PST · by JTN · 5 replies · 369+ views
    reason ^ | February 7, 2007 | Jacob Sullum
    Although Stephen Lawrence and John Lefebvre are charged with money laundering, there was nothing sneaky about their "conspiracy." In 1999 the two Canadians co-founded Neteller, an online payment processing company, now based in the Isle of Man, that openly specialized in serving online gamblers. The FBI's investigation of Lawrence and Lefebvre, who were arrested last month and face a preliminary hearing in New York next week, consisted mainly of reading their public statements and using Neteller to bet on a couple of football games—a vice that in this country has to rank up there with eating a second slice of...
  • Justice Department Needs New Priorities, Not New Prosecutors

    01/29/2007 11:00:27 PM PST · by KDD · 5 replies · 489+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | Monday, January 29, 2007 | Radley Balko
    Earlier this month, the U.S. Justice Dept. asked seven U.S. attorneys across the country to step down from their positions. Critics of the Bush administration, including California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, have since questioned the move, noting that it seems to have been politically motivated. The Bush administration counters that these U.S. attorneys were fired because their priorities were out of line with administration policy. Specifically, the DOJ told the New York Times that the prosecutors were being replaced "based on a review of their performance in carrying out Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's violent crime priorities." According to the DOJ, one...
  • Four Wall Street Firms Are Subpoenaed on Online Gambling

    01/21/2007 7:11:27 PM PST · by STARWISE · 45 replies · 971+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 1-22-07 | ANDREW ROSS SORKIN & STEPHANIE SAUL
    The Justice Department has issued subpoenas to at least four Wall Street investment banks as part of a widening investigation into the multibillion-dollar online gambling industry, according to people briefed on the investigation. The subpoenas were issued to firms that had underwritten the initial public offerings of some of the most popular online gambling sites that operate abroad. The banks involved in the inquiry include HSBC, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort, these people said. While online gaming sites like PartyGaming and 888 Holdings operate from Gibraltar and their initial public offerings were held on the London Stock Exchange,...
  • New Slot Machines Provide 'Sensory Immersion' for Gamblers

    11/22/2006 11:26:32 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 8 replies · 680+ views
    Slot Machine Hangout ^ | November 22, 2006 | Slot Machine Hangout
    The gaming industry is this week holding its annual convention in Las Vegas, and slot-machine makers are optimistic that new technology that provides "community gaming" and "sensory immersion"...will soon become as standard as the classical "three cherries" on traditional, winning slot machines. "The products are the stars this year," said Brian Gamache, president and CEO of gaming-technology developer WMS Gaming. Gamache said that the new slots feature graphics and sound that rival the X-Box. What is more, the next generation of slot machines will be able to "talk" to each other, to players and to casino executives. Gene Koprowski, UPI
  • Democrats Will Change U.S. Gambling Law

    11/17/2006 11:41:07 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 9 replies · 570+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | November 16, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    According to Centrebet's Chairman and CEO Graham Kelly told shareholders, at the company's annual meeting, that online gambling revenues will continue to rise now that the Republicans are out of power in Washington D.C. Online Executives Think Democrats Will Change U.S. Gambling Law A leading executive of a publicly traded Internet casino this week raised questions as to whether the new U.S. Congress, which, when it convenes in January, will be run by Democrats, will repeal the anti-Internet gaming laws enacted by Republicans during the waning hours of their scandalous tenure in October. Gene Koprowski, UPI
  • Major Online Gaming Sites Continue to Grow

    11/17/2006 11:36:59 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 18 replies · 1,310+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | November 16, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    Research by Nielsen//NetRatings, a leading name in Internet market research, disclosed this week that Web traffic to several popular online gambling sites increased dramatically during the month of October. At exactly the same time that U.S. President W. Bush signed the restrictive Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) into law. Gene Koprowski, UPI
  • New Internet Gambling Legalization

    11/16/2006 10:25:25 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 2 replies · 487+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | November 10, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    The government of the Caribbean nation of Guyana may enact legislation similar to that in the Bahamas, which will allow casino gambling, and Internet gambling, President Bharrat Jagdeo said. The politician, and his party, is hoping to pass the new legislation before the Cricket World Cup (CWC) matches next year. The legislation will allow four-star rated hotels with 250 rooms and above to be granted gambling licenses. There are already two hotels under construction that may meet the requirements, which will be completed to cater for the more than 30,000 visitors and tourists coming to Guyana for the Cricket World...
  • Louisville Area Legalizes Gambling

    11/16/2006 10:20:32 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 2 replies · 354+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | November 15, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    In Clark County, Indiana voters approved the referendum by "a wide margin" yesterday, after having previously defeated a similar ballot measure in both 1993 and 1995, said Jeffersonville City Council member John Perkins. Voters in the suburbs of Louisville, Ky., one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the U.S., on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to legalize gambling, and are now seeking to open a riverboat casino there, from Caesars or another major international gaming company, during the next year. "I'm not surprised," said Perkins. Perkins and other politicians publicly supported the gambling referendum; saying. he did so for the quite...
  • New Internet Gambling Legalization

    11/10/2006 5:05:50 PM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 163+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | Online Casino Crawler
    The government of the Caribbean nation of Guyana may enact legislation similar to that in the Bahamas, which will allow casino gambling, and Internet gambling, President Bharrat Jagdeo said. The politician, and his party, is hoping to pass the new legislation before the Cricket World Cup (CWC) matches next year. By Gene Koprowski, UPI
  • Expand Slots at Indian Reservations

    11/08/2006 11:37:26 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 449+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | November 7, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    Republican Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida is leaving office in three months -- due to term limits -- and gambling industry insiders are predicting that there will be a "significant expansion" of slot machines and off-track betting at Indian reservations throughout the state when the next governor comes into office. Bush, the younger brother of President Bush, unsuccesfully oppossed the proposed Las Vegas-style slot machines at Broward County' pari-mutuel facilities, but when voters approved the proposal, he signed the law, nonetheless. Either Republican Charles Crist or Democrat Jim Davis will be chosen by voters to succeed Bush next week, and...
  • Internet Gambling Growing

    11/07/2006 12:56:50 PM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 11 replies · 585+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | November 7, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    Internet gambling continues its astounding growth pace, growing by 50 percent every year for the last eight years, and today constitutes 5 percent of all global gaming revenues, a new report indicates. The study, by London-based Global Betting and Gaming Consultants, said that for 2005, Internet gambling brought in $13 billion in revenues, $1 billion more than previously believed. Overall, global gaming revenues are $258.3 billion from resorts in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Macau and elsewhere around the globe. "Online gambling is one of the fastest-growing segments of the gaming market at a compound annual growth rate of more than...
  • 'International' Laws to Protect Online Gaming

    11/03/2006 5:26:44 AM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 9 replies · 394+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | October 31, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    The U.K.'s cultural secretary Tessa Jowell is this week calling for an "international agreement" on the regulation of online gaming, as leading industrialized powers seek a way around the draconian law against online gaming signed by U.S. President Bush earlier this month. Jowell is on Tuesday leading an international summit at Royal Ascot, the famed horse racing track, in the English countryside, near Berkshire, frequented by royals and the global glitterati, and founded in 1711, as delegates from 30 countries meet this week on international gaming standards, as well as methods for protecting players and keeping the industry well-regulated. Secretary...
  • Majority Support Legalized 'Table' Gaming

    11/02/2006 3:55:20 PM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 4 replies · 408+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | Nov. 2, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    A new poll, sponsored by the Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort, shows that a majority of West Virginia residents support legalized "table gaming," including poker and blackjack throughout the state. The survey indicated that 64.9 percent of state residents "favor" table gambling, while 42.1 percent are set against it. In Hancock County, where the state capital of Wheeling is located, 67 percent of residents are in favor of legalizing gambling, and 26 percent are now against it. The polling figures were discussed this week during a public forum, in Wheeling, said state Sen. Ed Bowman, D-Hancock, following the forum...
  • Internet Gambling Revenues Increased

    11/01/2006 6:25:37 PM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 13 replies · 354+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | November 1, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    “Online gambling is on the rise, and there is a need to do something about this at a global level'' Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell told reporters, during a conference outside of London, at a famed, 300 year-old horse racing track. Internet gambling revenues have more than doubled in the U.K. during the past five years, a study for the government, released this week, demonstrates. The report bolsters the case that online gaming regulation -- as practiced by the British government -- works, experts are telling Onlinecasinocrawler.com.
  • Online Casinos Build Multi-Lingual Sites

    10/30/2006 3:46:21 PM PST · by kerrywearsbotox · 4 replies · 208+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | October 27, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    A new software program debuted this week which helps online casinos more easily build multi-lingual sites, and settle gambling transactions in a variety of international currencies. The software was developed by CyberArts LLC, and is an upgrade of its "Foundation" software platform for developers of online gaming services. The new version helps developers "minimize the risk" associated with the U.S. government's recently-passed Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which includes certain provisions that would prohibit America-based banks and credit card companies to make payments to online gambling sites, said Chris Derossi, co-founder and CEO of CyberArts.
  • New Slot Machine Law Approved

    10/27/2006 3:43:40 PM PDT · by kerrywearsbotox · 5 replies · 469+ views
    The Slot Machine Hangout ^ | October 26, 2006 | The Slot Machine Hangout
    Pennsylvania's House of Representatives this week unanimously approved changes in a proposed law governing slot machines in the state, and sent the new measure to the state's Senate for its approval. If the changes are assented to by the Senate, the bill will be sent to Gov. Ed Rendell (D), the former mayor of Philadelphia, and a power player in national Democratic politics, often considered a potential vice-presidential nominee, for his signature. House Majority Leader Samuel Smith (R) said many in the House were quite "dissatisfied" with the Senate's earlier version of the bill. But time is running out for...
  • Gambling Revenues Soaring in Macau

    10/27/2006 3:16:45 PM PDT · by kerrywearsbotox · 3 replies · 335+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | October 23, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    Taxes collected from the city's six licensed operators rose to $1.77 billion during the first three quarters of the year, up from about $1 billion last year, according to statistics released on the Financial Services Bureau of Macau. Gaming revenues received by the Macau government rose 13.4 percent during the first three quarters of this year, as tourists from China and overseas traveled to the former Portuguese colony, after the opening of the first "Las Vegas style casino" in nearly three years, experts said. Casinos have been investing heavily in Macau since its government opened its gaming market to foreign...
  • Nebraska with Legal Online Keno

    10/27/2006 3:09:22 PM PDT · by kerrywearsbotox · 5 replies · 454+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | Oct. 24, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    The conservative Midwestern state of Nebraska -- birthplace of famed American comedian Johnny Carson -- is poised to legalize "Video Keno." Video Keno is a digital version of the regular casino game of Keno. The game begins by placing one's wager -- whether coins or tokens -- into the machine's slot. Then, as is in conventional Keno, the player is presented a screen with eighty numbers, numbers 1 through 80.
  • Candidates for Governor of Texas Supports Gambling

    10/24/2006 9:11:20 AM PDT · by kerrywearsbotox · 2 replies · 391+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | October 20, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    All of the candidates running for governor of the state of Texas, the second largest American state, support the expansion of gambling there, adding Las Vegas-style slot machine, their repective campaigns tell Onlinecasinocrawler.com. Every Candidate for Governor of Texas Supports Gambling Expansion Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Perry has proposed allowing Texas racetracks and Indian reservations to operate slot machines, has state Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, and even Democrat Chris Bell who is totally "open" to casinos, as the tax revenue could pay for education and social services.
  • Odds on all 33 U.S. Senate Seats

    10/22/2006 12:03:22 PM PDT · by kerrywearsbotox · 3 replies · 645+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | October 20, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    "Political betting is not only incredibly popular, but is also being seen by more and more observers as a new and highly accurate means of polling” said Calvin Ayre, founder and CEO of Bodog.com. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) -- the arch-foe of online gambling -- is retiring, and his seat, along with 32 others, is up for election this Nov. 7 in the U.S. Senate elections. Now, rather than just making an office pool, like the Toby Ziegler character did on TV\'s "The West Wing," and wagering on who will win, and who will lose, you can place...
  • HOW CONGRESS 'CHRISTMAS TREES' LEGISLATION

    10/15/2006 5:42:22 PM PDT · by KDD · 6 replies · 260+ views
    Casino News ^ | 10/14/06 | Casino News
    A fascinating snapshot of Washington political practice - but is it democratic? Many online gamblers were infuriated by the political sleight-of-hand by which Senator Bill Frist managed to get the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act attached to a must-pass but totally unrelated Safe Ports Act in last minute political manouevering at the end of September. The tactic worked - the primary bill was passed with the attachment riding through on its skirts. This practice of attaching stalled bills to more important laws in order to ram both through is apparently not unusual in Congress. In fact the U.S. Senate Web...
  • Libertarian Party Opposes Online Gambling Prohibition

    08/08/2006 12:08:15 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 64 replies · 1,117+ views
    www.lp.org ^ | 8 7 06 | lp.org
    Internet Gambling Ban Part of Broader "War on Immorality" (Washington, DC) As part of House Speaker Dennis Hastert's (R-IL) agenda to force Americans to abide with his moral beliefs, Congress is now trying to outlaw Internet gambling. Hastert listed the prohibition of Internet gambling in his recently announced American Values Agenda. The House of Representatives already passed H.R. 4411, The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006. This attempt to cut off Internet gambling by Americans bans financial payments to offshore casinos. The Senate will be tackling this issue after it returns from its August recess. The House version of...
  • Congress Eyes Study of Online Gambling

    08/04/2006 2:24:54 PM PDT · by 2Jim_Brown · 9 replies · 296+ views
    Online Casino Crawler ^ | August 4, 2006 | Online Casino Crawler
    The U.S. Congress should postpone all legislation planned for online gambling until a study is conducted to examine the impact of the $12 billion industry on the American economy, leading legislators on Capitol Hill are now telling OnlineCasinoCrawler.com. Congress Eyes Study of Online Gambling, Deferral of Legislation Led by Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nevada), a total of 49 Congressmen are calling for the Senate to postpone acting on its version of an online gaming prohibition. What’s more, Rep. Porter this week said he is planning to visit the Isle of Man, a small island, between Ireland and England, to learn more...
  • Harvard: The Growing Gambling Problem(a new addiction in Cambridge)

    04/11/2006 9:54:49 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 542+ views
    The Harvard Crimson ^ | 04/11/06 | DAN R. RASMUSSEN
    The Growing Gambling Problem Published On 4/11/2006 4:12:14 AM By DAN R. RASMUSSEN Crimson Staff Writer In mid-October, Kevin J. H. Paik ’07 decided to call it quits—he’d tried to limit himself, but still found himself averaging seven to 10 hours a week sitting alone in his room indulging his habit. It wasn’t alcohol, marijuana, or cocaine that had Paik hooked. His vice was online poker. “Poker’s a pretty addictive game,” he says. “The fact that online poker is so easy and convenient makes gambling easier.” When Paik started out, he gambled with $25 buy-in games on partypoker.com, his site...
  • GOP Misses Mark on Internet Gambling Ban

    03/17/2006 11:12:03 AM PST · by JTN · 17 replies · 922+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | March 15, 2006 | Radley Balko
    Three bills aiming to “prohibit” Internet gambling are now winding their way through Congress. Internet gambling is already prohibited, at least in most forms. The companies that operate casino, sports betting, and poker websites are all based offshore, and most of their executives risk arrest if they ever step foot on American soil. But web-based gambling is still a $12 billion industry. And so just as has happened every other time our government has attempted to ban vice (see illicit drugs, prostitution, and alcohol), efforts to ban online gambling have not only failed, they’ve created more problems than they’ve solved.
  • Have the Tables Turned for Online Gambling?

    02/07/2006 9:11:27 AM PST · by JTN · 51 replies · 975+ views
    New York Law Journal ^ | 02-07-2006 | Anna Palmer
    Although online gambling is illegal in the United States, you'd never know it by looking at the numbers. Last year alone 7.8 million Americans logged on to Internet gambling sites. And with the online gambling industry banking almost $12 billion in revenue in 2005, some U.S. casinos think the time has come to legalize Internet gambling and cash in -- a position that was considered all but unthinkable until recently. "The question is, 'Do you play in the game or sit back and watch this thing become what ultimately will be a very, very large industry?'" says Sebastian Sinclair of...
  • Online poker addict jailed for a year

    01/03/2006 1:13:09 PM PST · by frogjerk · 7 replies · 449+ views
    By Simon de Bruxelles AN ONLINE gambling addict stole thousands from a travel agency owned by Phillip Schofield, the television presenter, as she tried to bet her way out of debt, a court was told yesterday. Schofield, the daytime TV host, is a director and stars in the television advertisement for Lets Go Travel, where Cindy Streets ran the bureau de change at the Exeter branch. Streets, 21, stole £26,100 in four weeks to feed her addiction to online poker and internet betting exchanges. Exeter Crown Court was told that Streets's former boyfriend, also a gambling addict, helped to persuade...
  • People Wagered $60 Billion on Poker Sites in 2005

    12/27/2005 7:50:09 AM PST · by frogjerk · 19 replies · 637+ views
    According to a Report Available From Research and Markets Research and Markets, a company that provides research and marketing data to such clients as Phillips, Eli Lilly and Coca-Cola, announced it's now offering a report on online poker called “Online Poker - Driving Gambling To New Heights.” The report costs Euro 341. According to the website, the report is the result of a survey of online poker's industry leaders. Among the online poker companies mentioned in the report are PartyPoker.com, ParadisePoker.com, PokerStars.com, and EmpirePoker.com. ESPN, the Travel Channel, Yahoo!, and Pizza Hut are also mentioned in the report. Research and...
  • Belinda Stronach's link to online gambling

    12/12/2005 1:33:26 PM PST · by fanfan · 2 replies · 233+ views
    Angry in the Great White North ^ | December 12, 2005 | Angry in the Great White North
    Most of us have relatives who we might not be particularly proud of. But whatever their foibles, it isn't fair to blame you for your relative's indiscretions. Normally, that should be true. But if you are a Minister of the Crown, and your brother is involved in an ongoing money-making enterprise designed to evade our government's law enforcement, does that make it different? Does a situation like that leave the Minister in a situation in which her powers and influence as a member of cabinet could be used to shield that sibling? Does even the potential of such an abuse...
  • How the U.S. Is Getting Beat in Online Gambling

    11/23/2005 10:00:55 PM PST · by JTN · 64 replies · 1,931+ views
    Time ^ | Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005 | PETER GUMBEL
    Gambling lore is filled with tales of the lucky novice who walks into a casino and breaks the bank. This year it really happened. The fortunate neophyte is Vikrant Bhargava, who is from Rajasthan, India, and admits that he had never set foot in a casino until recently and still isn't all that fond of gambling. But in a single day in June, he and two colleagues walked away with the poker purse of all time: more than $1 billion in cash. What distinguishes reality from myth is that Bhargava, 32, wasn't playing poker. He is the marketing director of...
  • Church accuses online casino ad of linking booze and gambling

    11/05/2005 9:30:36 PM PST · by JTN · 10 replies · 699+ views
    Revolution magazine ^ | October 19, 2005 | Julia Pearlman
    LONDON - A poster ad campaign for online casino company Victor Chandler, featuring Rowland Rivron, has attracted a complaint from The Methodist Church, which labelled the ads as irresponsible for linking drinking and gambling. One poster appeared on the London Underground and another across London Buses with the strapline "See life in a new light". The ads were created by HH&S. In one execution the comedian Rowland Rivron is seen using a laptop while sat in a bar with a glass of drink in his hand.
  • The Web: New rules for online gambling

    04/13/2005 12:22:21 PM PDT · by kerrywearsbotox · 67 replies · 1,118+ views
    United Press International ^ | April 13, 2005 | Gene Koprowski
    Chicago, IL, Apr. 13 (UPI) -- Regulation of online gambling is emerging in the United States and elsewhere, but that is not likely to slow the worldwide phenomenon, experts told UPI's The Web.The World Trade Organization last week ruled the U.S. government could regulate Internet gambling and authorities in the United Kingdom are establishing a new public body to police online gaming activities. "We hope that at some point it does get regulated," said Jessica Rovello, chairman of Arkadium.com in New York City, an online wagering forum. "We don't want to see people taking out a second mortgage to finance...
  • Greece Bans Video Games

    08/31/2002 10:12:29 PM PDT · by chudogg · 6 replies · 332+ views
    On-line chess banned from Internet cafes?Three months after promising to instantly outlaw all electronic games from the public domain in the wake of a heated public debate on widespread illegal gambling, the government tabled a bill to that effect in Parliament yesterday. The draft law, presented by the Economy and Finance Ministry, bans any form of “electric, electro-mechanical and electronic” game devices, including computers, from hotels, coffee shops, club premises and public areas in general. This will not apply to Internet cafes, which, however, will not be allowed to offer their clients computer games. The police will be responsible for...