Gambling News

  • 18 December 2007

    Deal reached In the EU and U.S. in WTO case

    Deal  for compensation reached In  the EU and U.S. in WTO case 17 December 2007As reported by Reuters: Brussels” The European Commission dealt a blow to European online gaming companies on December 17th,  when it accepted a U.S. offer of openings in other sectors to compensate for closing the U.S. gambling market to foreign firms.

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  • 14 December 2007

    iMEGA Files Objections to UIGEA Regulations with US Treasury

    Deadline for all public commentary on draft regulations closed on Dec. 12th Today, December, 13th 2007, iMEGA announced that it has filed its objections with the Department of Treasury over the agency’s proposed regulations regarding the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

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  • 06 December 2007

    Internet Gambling Debates Could Soon Be Ended

    Internet Gambling Debates Could Soon Be Ended There have been many efforts to formulate regulations for the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) of 2006, and there continues to be a conflict between the U.S. and other Countries over a trade dispute. The United States government is devising the regulations for the Internet gambling law, which prohibits the use of credit for illegal gambling.

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  • 26 November 2007

    WTO Compensation in the case U.S. versus Antigua and Barbuda Extended

    WTO Compensation in the case U.S. versus Antigua and Barbuda Extended  Recently it became known that the World Trade Organization (WTO) granted an extension deadline until December 14th 2007 for a negotiated settlement between the U.S. and the Caribbean Island of Antigua & Barbuda. This dispute long pending since 2003 is not the only challenge the United States is facing, as further compensation decisions has to be secured to fellow World Trade Organization members.

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  • 22 November 2007

    U.S. Urged to Change Online Gambling Laws

    U.S. Urged to Change Online Gambling Laws European trade chief demands renewed access to U.S. Market without delay. European trade chief Peter Mandelson has called on the U.S. to allow European companies renewed access to its multibillion-dollar online gambling industry. Mandelson pushed for an end to the exclusion of European companies and other trading partners from the US online gambling market, arguing that it is a better and fairer solution than compensation.

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  • 22 November 2007

    Due to UIGEA the near Future of Many U.S. Internet Industries is at Stake in the WTO Dispute!

    Due to UIGEA the near Future of Many U.S. Internet Industries is at Stake in the WTO Dispute! The deadline is fast approaching for the United States to come to trade concession agreements with the countries who submitted claims in the Antigua WTO dispute. The U.S. came to a settlement with Japan, but the other countries don’t seem as eager to settle.

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  • 19 November 2007

    Lawmakers pressure USTR (United States Trade Representative) for new tack in gambling case

    Lawmakers pressure USTR (United States Trade Representative) for new tack in gambling case The chairman of two House of Representatives committees said on Monday, “The bush administration should explore legislation to roll back a U.S. ban on Internet gambling instead of paying compensation to the European Union and other trading partners.”

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  • 18 November 2007

    Barney Frank adds another Co-Sponsor

    Barney Frank adds another Co-Sponsor The Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA), being initiated by Representative Barney Frank has added another co-sponsor bring the total now up to 41. This legislation seeks to undo the current UIGEA that is under fire from both within the United States with the iMEGA ruling still pending in a New Jersey Court room and from outside the U.S.

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  • 15 November 2007

    Democrats Speak out of their Displeasure With Internet Gambling Laws

    The Democratic head of the House Judiciary Committee voiced frustration on Wednesday about what he said are disparities in the enforcement of U.S. Internet gambling laws.Chairman John Conyers questioned “the selective nature” of Internet gambling enforcement and said a ban enacted by lawmakers last year could end up hurting U.S. relations overseas.

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  • 15 November 2007

    Annie Duke testifies on behalf of Poker Players and Online Gambling at the House Committee Judiciary Hearing.

    Chairman Conyers and members of the Committee, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to testify before your committee. I am doing so as an American citizen who is concerned about personal freedom and personal responsibility. I am also here to express the views of the nearly 800,000 Americans who belong to the Poker Players Alliance.As a mother of four who supports her family as a professional poker player, I have a personal interest in the outcome of these hearings.

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  • 13 November 2007

    Internet Gambling Judiciary Hearing Wednesday, November 14th

    Annie Duke Scheduled to TestifyA hearing will take place at 10a.m. on Wednesday, November 14th (tomorrow). A Judiciary Committee searing on Internet gaming titled “Hearing on Establishing Consistent Enforcement Policies in the Context of Online Wagers” takes place in room 2141 of the Rayburn House office building in Washington, D.C.The PPA helped to get poker pro Annie Duke on the docket, and say that “the hearing is open to the public and the PPA encourages any interested members to attend.

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  • 06 November 2007

    Update from Lawyer about pending WTO ruling

    Update from Lawyer about pending WTO ruling As a World Trade Organization panel concludes its review of the claim against the U.S., Antigua and Barbuda can expect to have a ruling on its U.S. $3.4 billion compensation claim by the end of the month. According to Mark Mendel, the attorney representing Antigua and Barbuda in its WTO dispute over market access for the Internet gambling industry, the arbitration panel’s ruling is scheduled to be delivered on 30 Nov.

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  • 31 October 2007

    EU urged to turn to U.S. Congress by Online Gaming Firms

    European trade chief Peter Mandelson, has been asked by Online Gaming Firms to change tack over a controversial move by the United States to close it’s multi billion dollar gambling market to foreign firms. EU companies, many of them world leaders and including PartyGaming, Bwin, Sporting Bet and 888.com, saw their stock market value plunge in 2006 after the United States shut off their biggest market.

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  • 27 October 2007

    30 passed: iMEGA, US DoJ Await Judge Cooper’s Decision on UIGEA Challenge

    31 days since iMEGA went before Judge Mary L. Cooper in US District Court (3rd District/Trenton, NJ division) to make oral arguments in support of our request for a temporary restraining order versus the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, and to contest the motion to dismiss by the US Dept. of Justice, et al. It was our hope that we would see a decision from Judge Cooper before day’s end.

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  • 27 October 2007

    PPA Washington Lobby a Big Success

    It was a big week for online poker in Washington D.C. this week as nearly 100 Poker Players Alliance members converged on Capitol Hill for a conference and to talk with legislators about online gaming.John Pappas, PPA executive director said, “By all accounts the Washington Fly-In and policy conference was a huge success, and we made a significant impression on Congress and the media.The poker supporters spent three days lobbying and participating in talks about online gambling.

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  • 27 October 2007

    Poker players lobby for online gaming

    Supporters tell members of Congress that the card game is one of skill and shouldn’t be restricted by U.S. Internet laws as are games of chance. WASHINGTON — When trying to convince lawmakers that her career is more than just a card game, professional poker player Annie Duke refuses to fold. Duke said, “What I do is not gambling.”

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  • 18 October 2007

    Antigua takes their case to the WTO

    Antigua takes their case to the WTOOn Thursday, Antigua and Barbuda will outline their case before the WTO (World Trade Organization) arbitrators in the on going Internet gaming dispute with the U.S.The government of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer is seeking US$3.4 billion in trade sanctions against the United States after it banned cross-border Internet gambling.On Thursday, a three-member panel of arbitrators will hear oral arguments in Geneva from both sides before making a ruling.

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  • 18 October 2007

    DoylesRoom.com opens doors to U.S. Players

    DoylesRoom.com opens doors to U.S. Players DoylesRoom will open its doors to U.S. players, with the exception of 11 states, they will except players from 39 states in the U.S. America can test their skills against the poker legend Doyle Brunson at his own site. Because of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), DoylesRoom.com stopped accepting U.S. poker players in February of this year. Shortly thereafter, DoylesRoom.

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  • 15 October 2007

    Brussels has accused the U.S. government of changing commitments made to the World Trade Organization (WTO) over internet gaming.

    Members on the panel of a trade forum in Brussels, put out harsh criticism at towards the U.S., focusing on a burgeoning trade clash between the U.S. and Europe over internet gaming. The forum believes that the US could be liable for more than $100 billion U.S. funds, in trade concessions to European industries after placing illegal discriminatory trade restrictions on European gaming operators.

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  • 09 October 2007

    PartyGaming Puts Up "For Sale" Notice??

    PartyGaming Puts Up “For Sale” Notice??Chief Executive Officer, Mitch Gerber has reportedly announced, that the online gambling group PartyGaming is open for approaches from Las Vegas based casinos regarding a sale.The online news website FT.com reported that Garber, speaking in a one-to-one interview during the EIG 2007 i-Gaming conference in Barcelona, has announced the Gibraltar-based online gaming group is keen to entertain buyout offers from the major casinos in Las Vegas.

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  • 06 October 2007

    Barney Frank Questions Online Gambling Study

    Barney Frank Questions Online Game StudyBarney Frank has 37 co-sponsors and is still gaining ground.Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) has publicly questioned what value there is to be gained from studies into online gambling, yet will continue to co-sponsor Rep. Shelley Berkley’s (D-Nev) bill calling for a one-year study of online gambling in the US.Rep.

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  • 04 October 2007

    Interview with iMEGA President

    Recently we spoke with the President of iMEGA Ed Leyden and he has graciously taken the time from his insane week of battleing the US government to share his insights with us – Poker Affiliates. Please read his very insightful take on the current situation and continue to support their efforts. These guys are doing way more than the PPA, trust me.

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  • 03 October 2007

    iMEGA Speaks out on Proposed UIGEA Regulations

    iMEGA Speaks out on Proposed UIGEA Regulations iMEGA is confident that the important and fundamental rights for which they are fighting in federal court in New Jersey will be vindicated. In our ongoing lawsuit in the U.S.

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  • 01 October 2007

    UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) Regulations Released Today

    UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) Regulations Released Today The long awaited Regulations are released, leaving things just as unclear as they were before.  Will all gambling sites take the U.S. players back? They can legally do so. The Department of the Treasury has today released the regulations required by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The regulations appear to be as weak and confused as the UIGEA.

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  • 28 September 2007

    U.S.and Antigua battle over WTO sanctions for U.S. ban on Online Gambling

    U.S.and Antigua battle over WTO sanctions for U.S. ban on Online GamblingAlong with the iMEGA battle, WTO and iMEGA feel very confident over the win of both battles.GENEVA – The United States estimates that its Internet gambling restrictions have only cost Antigua and Barbuda $500,000 in annual lost revenue – a figure the tiny Caribbean nation’s chief counsel flatly rejected Friday.Antigua, the smallest country to ever win a World Trade Organization case, is seeking the right to impose $3.

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  • 26 September 2007

    iMEGA ONLINE GAMBLING HEARING RESULTS

    iMEGA ONLINE GAMBLING HEARING RESULTS The hearing ended today but the final decision is yet to come!! Today in Trenton, New Jersey the Honorable Judge Mary L. Cooper heard arguments for a temporary restraining order to halt the enforcement of the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act). The hearing ended at 10:35 am Eastern time this morning.

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  • 23 September 2007

    Government Responds to iMEGA’s TRO Request and made the deadline just in time.

    Government Responds to iMEGA’s TRO Request and made the deadline just in time. iGaming Law Challenge: Brief by US Attorneys breaks no new ground, denies potential legal jeopardy exists for iMEGA members. Pushing its time right down to the limit, the US Department of Justice, on the behalf of the other two defendants (Federal Trade Commission and Federal Reserve) just made the deadline of Sept. 21st that was set by Hon. Judge Mary L.

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  • 17 September 2007

    Online Gambling Trade Dispute between U.S. and Antiqua

    Online Gambling Trade Dispute between U.S. and Antiqua Small nations are proving they can wield large digital sticks. Antigua is better known for sandy beaches than international trade disputes. But next month this tiny Caribbean resort destination could compel the United States to legalize an industry that the Bush administration has been trying to eradicate since the beginning of the president’s first term.

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  • 15 September 2007

    South Africa passes Online Gambling Bill

    The National Gambling Amendment Bill, was introduced by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and is designed to legalise Internet gambling. It provides legislation to license interactive gambling activities. The bill requires software vendors who provide online gambling platforms to obtain a national licence for key staff, the interactive software, related equipment and the suppliers and maintenance providers of that equipment.

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  • 14 September 2007

    iMEGA's response to DoJ's attempt to dismiss UIGEA complaint

    The Interactive Media and Entertainment Gaming Association (iMEGA) has responded to the US Department of Justice. The DoJ  had filed a motion to dismiss iMEGA’s complaint against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The DoJ, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Reserve argued that iMEGA does not have the standing to challenge UIGEA.

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