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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Minnesota Seeks to Block Online Gaming Sites

The action seemed to come out of nowhere, with no prior actions to indicate that Minnesota was willing to take such a drastic measure. On April 29, local newspapers got wind of the story that quickly spread about the Minnesota Department of Public...

PPA to Take on NFL With Upcoming Poker Legislation

The contenders in the battle have announced themselves in various forms, though the focus of the fight has not yet even been formally put on the table. It is legislation that looks to legalize and regulate online gaming in the United States, and...

Switzerland and Denmark Propose New Online Gaming Laws

In 2008, the Italian government came to the decision to sanction and license online poker, and the idea is catching on in other European countries. Switzerland and Denmark are the two most recent nations to explore their online gaming options and...

July Hearing Set for UIGEA Challenge From iMEGA

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) looks to be in for a rough year in 2009, as Congressman Barney Frank intends to repeal it with new legislation in the coming weeks. But the UIGEA will also need to stand up to a court challenge...

Rep. Frank to Begin UIGEA Repeal With April Bill

The words came from Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) himself, and they were spoken to the highly reputable Washington D.C. publication The Hill. Not only did Frank declare that he will be introducing the pro-gaming legislation that will, in essence...

PartyGaming Pleads Guilty to US Charges With $105 Million Fine

In a case that has been watched by the poker community since its inception, a resolution was announced today. PartyGaming PLC, parent company of PartyPoker, accepted a guilty plea as it pertained to allegations by the United States Department of...

European Union Finds U.S. in Violation of WTO Rules

Many in the poker industry have believed it since the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), but now the European Union concurs. The United States Justice Department’s targeting and attempts at prosecution of...

French Government Looks to Expand Online Gaming Laws

The example set by Italy was evidently duly noted by France. When the Italian government made the decision in 2008 to sanction and license online poker for national revenue, and Switzerland was reported to be considering the same, it wasn’t long...

PPA Targets Conservative Support in DC

The movement to legalize and regulate poker continues to find friends across the political spectrum. Though most supporters of groups like the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) seem to swing left and claim Democratic Party affiliation, that majority is a...

Billions of Revenue for US Government to Claim From Online Gambling

As the United States faces its worst economic crisis in decades, one that continues to fall deeper into a recession and dangerously close to a depression, it seems that the U.S. government is denying billions of dollars in revenue by refusing to...

South Carolina Court Finds Players Guilty but Poker a Game of Skill

The case was nearly three years in the making. Five poker players in South Carolina finally had their day in court on Friday, February 13th, and though the judge noted that he was persuaded that poker was a game of skill, he was compelled to find...

UIGEA Repeal on List of 2009 Priorities for Barney Frank

Representative Barney Frank, a long-time Democratic member of Congress from Massachusetts, does not back down when he believes in something. And as the Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, he has earned the position and the authority...

Colorado Court Rules Poker is Not Gambling

One can read too much into a state court ruling, despite the desire to see it as precedent. But when two different state courts rule similarly on one particular subject in the same month, the move toward precedent becomes clearer and more hopeful. A...

D’Amato Proposes iPoker Revenue in Tough Economic Times

Saying that the economy is experiencing tough times might be the grandest of understatements. Most analysts say the United States is in a recession, and the rest of them insist we have moved into a depression. But regardless of the terminology, the...

Tax Dollars at Work, Kentucky Appeals Domain Case to Supreme Court

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has officially noted that it will not accept the ruling of the Kentucky Court of Appeals in the internet gaming domain seizure case by filing another appeal, this time to the State Supreme Court. The appeals court ruled...

Poker is Skill-Based, Ruled Pennsylvania Court

It can be classified as a landmark ruling for poker, and it came at the hands of a judge in a Pennsylvania court. In the combined cases of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vs. Diane A. Dent and Walter Watkins, Judge Thomas A. James Jr. found in...

KY Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of PPA & iMEGA

Poker players have had their eyes on the Kentucky Court of Appeals since arguments were presented in the internet gaming domain seizure case on December 12, 2008 and a ruling was finally handed down on January 20. Coincidentally, on the same day...

Poker Players Tell Obama What Change They Believe In

When Barack Obama was elected to be the 44th president of the United States in November, it was a clear message that the citizens of America wanted change. That was the slogan of Obama’s campaign and has become the catchphrase of the media...

PartyGaming Founder Pleads Guilty to Illegal Gambling Charges

In stunning news to the poker industry, enough so that it made mainstream media news like Associated Press and Reuters as well, Anurag Dikshit, one of the founders of PartyGaming, has pled guilty to illegal online gambling charges and agreed to pay...

Appeal Arguments Heard in Kentucky Online Domain Case

Arguments were presented in the Court of Appeals of Kentucky on December 12th, and the poker community, as well as personal freedom and privacy rights advocacy groups everywhere, anxiously await the decision that could come at any time. The case...

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