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Showing posts with label MGM Grand. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MGM Grand. 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.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Poker Players Alliance is in Washington DC Today

140px-PPA_logoEven though I don’t always (or lately often) agree with the direction and actions of the PPA I do support them today in Washington, especially on the heels of yesterdays astounding indictment of 10 more tiny poker and gambling sites (the most notable one being Doyle’s Room which Doyle Brunson distanced himself from a couple of weeks ago quite conveniently).
Please take the time today to go to the Poker Player Alliances TAKE ACTION page and lend support to the live people out in Washington DC today!

Keeping the Fear Alive

As far as most US online poker players are concerned, yesterday’s indictments had only a tiny effect at most.  By far the largest remaining online poker room that allows United States players is the Merge Network which includes Carbon Poker, RPM Poker, Lock Poker and several other skins.  Mysteriously they remain untouched.  Also surprisingly missing from recent persecution is Bodog, which had funds seized and was marked as “under investigation” in 2008.  So without making a big additional dent what the indictments have done is keep the spirit and feeling of “Black Friday” alive in the hearts of poker players.  Remind us that the government can step on us whenever it pleases regardless of how the public reacts (the govt. is supposed to work FOR the public right?) and also that it can ignore some pretty compelling legal issues against its cases as outlined in our recent post about Relentless Defense and their article on the legality and motivation of the Department of Justice’s actions on April 15, 2011.
According to what appears to be happening the land based casinos in Nevada will VERY soon be able to start licensing online poker for US citizens (but only against other US citizens). I have mixed feelings about this and will definitely go into it more as things develop, but mainly I don’t like the apparent corruption and synchronization between the government and these corporations.  Let’s see what tomorrow brings.