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Showing posts with label Harry Reid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Harry Reid. Show all posts

Friday, June 10, 2011

Republican Joe Barton joins Harry Reid in Effort to License and Regulate Online Poker

Most of the time they hate each other with Joe Barton even apologizing to BP about the congressional inquiry regarding the oil spill.

joe_bartonOnline poker was crippled in the United States by a huge wake left by the US Department of Justice and the April 15th, 2011 indictments against three of the biggest online poker rooms in the world.  Those actions left at least 50,000 people without income the depended on to support themselves and their families.  I count myself among this group.

Since that time there has been action in Las Vegas where they have passed a state bill that will enable to well established land casinos (think Caesars and MGM Grand) to take control of licensing when and if a federal law enabling it is passed.  Well, here comes the other foot.

What seemed impossible before with several key republicans ready to block pro-gaming legislation, is now possible because of Rep. Joe Barton’s position as chairmen emeritus of the Energy and Commerce committee which is where they’ll launce their co-sponsored bill.  The trick here is giving the Commerce department the authority to license new online poker operators.  Ok so the shell is under the Commerce department cup—keep following the cups with your eyes there will be a test later.

Even though I don’t like the shenanigans that is attached to this recent round of internet poker drama I do, like so many other poker plays, want a solution for the US, so that we can once again play poker from our homes and promote poker playing opportunities to other Americans.

Someone drop an egg timer, let’s see how long it takes this bill to become a law.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

CEO of Ceasars Pleads for Legal Online Poker

Fox News:

gary_lovemanWhat isn’t being said are the details of what kind of online poker game Gary Loveman and Caesars wants.  The answer to that question is most likely a game that where they control a large portion of the market themselves and a game where they are excluding offshore investors and players from participating.

Ultimately the devil will be in the details of whatever plan is enacted.  Harry Reid’s plan which included a 15 month (MINIMUM) blackout period was ridiculous yet many were for it.  What lame plan will we enable out of desperation instead of fighting the US crackdown legally based on the fact that online poker is not illegal and therefore the UIGEA does not apply to it (which further means that the laundering and other money manipulations were done because banks were frightened mob-style to not provide services to offshore poker providers)

I hope everyone keeps their eyes open and also remember if Fox News is for it there has to be a catch!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Poker Player’s Alliance Message from John Pappas

Last night (Wednesday Feb. 16, 2011) John Pappas sent out a message about online poker legislation. The first half was another lame attempt to justify their support for the Harry Reid legislation even though it included a 15 month freeze on all online poker while licensing, etc. was taking place.

My position is that even if you believe that the 15 month freeze won’t turn into a 20 month freeze or a forever-until-there-is-replacement-legislation freeze it is too brutal for those that make their living either playing or supporting online poker.  This is not a small number of people and includes yours truly so yes I do have a bias (just as the PPA should!).

There is no legitimate reason for ANY freeze in online poker during the enactment of this sort of legislation.  In fact the lack of a freeze during the enactment would be incentive for the state and federal govt. to speed the licensing process so they can start to receive tax and licensing revenue sooner. 

Other provisions of current legislation restrict people to playing against online people in their own country (or in the case of a recent California bill their own state)—this is also ridiculous—The United States has a great opportunity to license and regulate brands of online poker on our shores that would have a heretofore unknown level of integrity that would and should attract players from around the world.  And Yes I just said heretofore.

Please continue to put pressure on the PPA to reject ANY freeze on online poker in future legislation.  And to follow the rest of their stated plans for 2011 internet regulation:

During this Congress, the PPA will seek to improve key aspects of the draft bill, including:

  1. eliminate/reduce the playing freeze
  2. eliminate/reduce the restriction on global player pools
  3. increase the number of automatically opted in states
  4. establish favorable tax treatment for online players
  5. ensure that legislation does not unfairly discriminate against companies who currently serve the U.S. market.