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Exec doesn't expect online ban to be lifted soon

15 April 2008
WASHINGTON, DC -- Although he supports congressional efforts to roll back the Internet gambling ban, the vice president of a poker Web site on Monday said he is skeptical that will happen in the near future. "I don't want to be a naysayer, but things move very, very slowly in Congress," said Jay ... (read more)

Official moves to block bet regulations

14 April 2008
WASHINGTON -- Regulations to enforce an Internet gambling ban would be blocked under a bill introduced this week by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. "These regulations are impossible to implement without placing a significant burden on the payments system and financial institutions," Frank said in a statement on Friday. ... (read more)

Bet ban stymies federal officials

3 April 2008
WASHINGTON, DC -- Federal regulators on Wednesday acknowledged they are struggling to find ways to enforce a ban on Internet gambling. They added that even if rules are eventually imposed, prohibition of online wagering may be ineffective. In addition, financial industry representatives told a ... (read more)

High Court denies Venetian's appeal

19 March 2008
WASHINGTON, DC -- Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied The Venetian's appeal of last year's ruling by a federal circuit court that the casino violated U.S. labor law in March 1999. The Supreme Court's refusal to hear the appeal means the casino will be required to post a notice ... (read more)

Bill cites 43 billion reasons internet gambling

6 March 2008
WASHINGTON, DC -- As bills trying to roll back an Internet gambling ban languish in Congress, another measure was introduced this week claiming that a tax on online gambling could produce up to $43 billion over 10 years. Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., unveiled legislation Tuesday calling for federal ... (read more)

American Gaming Association boss paid $2 million in '06

20 February 2008
WASHINGTON -- The top lobbyist for Nevada casinos in the nation's capital received more than $2 million in compensation, benefits, and allowance in 2006, a survey by National Journal shows. Frank Fahrenkopf, president and chief executive officer of the American Gaming Association, was paid an annual ... (read more)

Will McCain's gambling stance scare voters?

12 February 2008
WASHINGTON. DC -- The casino industry is not worried Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., might resurrect a plan to prohibit Nevada sports books from taking bets on college football and basketball games if he becomes president, according to the industry's chief lobbyist. "The world has changed," said Frank ... (read more)

Players state case for lifting poker ban

26 October 2007
WASHINGTON -- Poker is good for you. That's what Internet poker players are telling members of Congress this week as they lobby to exempt poker from an online gambling ban. "Really, poker is just much closer to chess than it is to the other standard casino games," said Andrew Woods, a ... (read more)

Gambling issues: Rise of slot machines decried

15 October 2007
WASHINGTON -- Slot machines are becoming increasingly deceptive and addictive and the federal government should investigate and regulate them, an anti-gambling group said Friday. The National Coalition Against Gambling Expansion called on the Federal Trade Commission to apply consumer and trade laws to ... (read more)

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