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  1. A week ago, a hearing in a House Subcommitteediscussed the merits of the Sheldon Adelson-backed Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA, which would ban online gambling in the US, including in the three states where it's already regulated. There have been several legislation-related headlines in recent days, so to get caught up on them and discuss the possibility of RAWA advancing, we sat down with Poker Players AllianceVice President Rich TheEngineer Muny. Adelson is pictured. PocketFives: In recent days, RAWA Senate sponsor Lindsey Graham has said he's open to a carve-out in RAWA for online
  2. Following the introduction of legislation last week from South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham and Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz to ban online gambling and poker in the United States, a key organization responsible for implementing laws came out against their efforts. In an op/ed on The Hill's website, the President of the National Fraternal Order of Police, Chuck Canterbury (pictured), detailed what his organization looks at when certain legislation is proposed. "As an organization, we are always looking for opportunities to make citizens safer while improving officer safety," Canterb
  3. In case you're wondering why PokerStarshas not been approved for a license in New Jersey, the reason is that the site is in "time out," according to internet gambling advocate and State Senator Raymond Lesniak. Yes, PokerStars is in the same state my two-year-old son is in when he throws blocks at the television. The reason PokerStars is off the grid right now in the Garden State: Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, of course. Lesniak posted on Twitter: Lesniak was kind enough to answer several follow-up questions to his Tweet and said that the cause of PokerStars being in time o
  4. In recent days, PokerUpdate and others have brought up the possibility of the Sheldon Adelson-backed Restoration of America's Wire Act (S 2159, RAWA) adding a carve-out for online poker during the so-called "lame duck" Congressional session in November. PokerUpdate reported on Saturday, "As Chris Grove reported from C5's US Online Gaming Conference, Bally Tech's John Connelly stated during a panel discussion, 'he expects a federal push to make 'everything other than poker illegal' this November.'" Adelson is pictured. PocketFives reached out to Poker Players Alliance(PPA) Executive Direct
  5. According to GovTrack.us, which keeps tabs on US legislation and lawmaker voting records, the bills to prohibit internet gambling in the United States have a slim chance of being passed before the end of the current legislation session, which occurs at the end of the year. Any bills not acted upon by the end of 2014 will be considered dead and must be reintroduced in 2015 in order to be considered. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses
  6. As part of a campaign to put the brakes on internet gambling in the US, three Senators sent a letterto Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday asking for his agency's support for a bill that would reinstate the Wire Act and rid the US of online gambling, even those sites in regulated markets. --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major sponsor of Gumball 3000. Sign up now for great bonuses, €3,000,000 guaranteed monthly, and plenty of live events! --- The letter, penned by Dianne Feinstein
  7. Although the Coalition to Stop Internet Gamblingand its founder, Las Vegas Sands Corporation Chairman and billionaire Sheldon Adelson (pictured), have been able to cobble together numerous conservative groups to back their position, there is now sentiment from that side of the aisle against their efforts. A letter sent to several members of Congress on Monday cites these conservative groups and the reason for their opposition. The letter, sent to House Judiciary Chairman Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  8. On Wednesday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and RepresentativeJason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced legislation to ban internet gambling in the United Statessans horse racing, which was given a carve-out. Among those groups weighing in on the bills is the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, or SSIGI. Needless to say, the organization was floored about the legislation, which follows the beliefs of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. Read the Graham bill. Michael Waxman, spokesperson for the Initiative, commented in a press release obtained by PocketFives, "The idea that Congress could
  9. If you wanted to know where Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV, pictured) stood on internet gambling, look no further than an article published on Friday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In it, Reid, clear as day, told the world, "I think the proliferation of gambling on the internet is not good for our country. I think it is an invitation to crime. I think it is hard to control for crime when you've got brick-and-mortar places, let alone something up in the sky someplace, and it is very bad for children." Yes, internet gambling is "something up in the sky someplace." Reid told the
  10. According to a report from the Washington Poston Thursday, "Lobbyists for Sheldon Adelson's Las Vegas Sands Corp. have been working in recent weeks to press for quick passage of [Restoring America's Wire Act], holding discussions with aides to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)." If you don't already know, RAWA would ban internet gambling in the US and wipe out the regulated markets in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. A hearing about RAWA in the House Judiciary Committee was reportedly scrappedamid backlash from figureheads like Grover Norquist a
  11. [caption width="485"] John Pappas, Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance[/caption] December capped off a relatively quiet year on the poker legislation front in the US. However, the month itself was fairly eventful. Let's take a look back at what legislative events happened in December, in case you missed it. RAWA Hearing Failures The most significant development at the Federal level in December was a House Oversight Committee hearing entitled "A Casino in Every Smartphone – Law Enforcement Implications." Organized by Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the hear
  12. On Wednesday at 1:00pm ET, there will be a hearing on internet gambling in front of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The hearing, which will be held in the Rayburn House Office Building, is entitled "A Casino in Every Smartphone – Law Enforcement Implications." There is a reason why the name of the hearing is so transparently anti-online gambling. The Committee's Chairman, the man who organized this whole thing, is Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R – UT, pictured) who introduced the Restoration of America's Wire Act (RAWA) into the House this year. RAWA would, i
  13. On Wednesday, a Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee was charge with discussing Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA, a bill reportedly prompted by Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson and introduced in the House as HR 707 by Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). It began an hour late and featured an intermission for "multi-trillion-dollar votes." You can check out the witness list and testimony by clicking here. The hearing started with Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) reminding us that phones can be used as gaming devices and adding, "The American market could be worth as much as $12 billion per year.
  14. According to Michelle Minton and Online Poker Report, a hearing is scheduled for March 5 in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations to discuss Congressman Jason Chaffetz's Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA. The bill would prohibit online gambling in the US, including in the three states where it's already regulated: New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. The hearing is not yet listed on the Subcommittee's website. RAWA comes at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, who has promised to spend "whatever it takes" to eliminate online gamblin
  15. In response to a letter to the editor, Newsweek writer Leah McGrath Goodman (pictured) explained the rationale for and background to the cover story in the magazine's August 22 edition espousing the societal ills of online gambling. Despite not conveying any reaction from pro-gambling forces, Goodman asserted, "No view was unwelcome and there was no bias for or against online gambling. The focus was simply on getting the best information possible." --- PocketFives' news coverage is brought to you by Betsafe, one of the leading suppliers of online gaming products worldwide and a major spo
  16. As Congressman Eric Cantor's (pictured) shocking defeat in the primary for the Seventh District of Virginia reverberates through the political spectrum, many gambling analysts are beginning to wonder how the loss of this Sheldon Adelson-backed lawmaker will influence the future of internet gaming legislation. In an outcome that almost no one predicted, little-known economics professor David Bratsoundly defeated the House Majority Leader. The Tea Party-backed candidate is a deeply religious, novice politician with a PhD from the Princeton Theological Seminary. He campaigned on the idea th
  17. We're four months into 2014, a year that has been a mixed bag on the legislative front. While a bill proposed by Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) would lay the groundwork for regulated online poker in the US, bills from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) would ban the game, including the legal markets in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. However, there has been little to no movement on any bill thus far. PocketFives sat down with Poker Players AllianceExecutive Director John Pappas (pictured) to get caught up on the state of online poker in the US and talk about whether we
  18. A letter from the Executive Director of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, David Gale (pictured), has outlined the organization's stance on internet gambling and online poker in the United States. The letter, dated March 31, was sent to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has authored a bill to restore the Wire Act of 1961 and ban internet gambling in the United States, excluding horse racing, which received a carve-out. Gale wrote in part, "Our Association believes, and is on record, that all gaming should be left up to the individual states to determine the g
  19. US Representative Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah (pictured), is gearing up to introduce a bill that seeks to reinstate a Federal ban on internet gambling, according to the Congressman's spokeswoman. Chaffetz's bill is said to be very similar to one that GOP Senator Lindsey Graham will likely unveil before the end of the week and could roll back the huge gains made by the US online gambling industry in the past few years. According to a draft of the bill circulating on Capitol Hill, the legislation aims to "restore longstanding United States policy that the Wire Act prohibits all forms of internet
  20. According to the Poker Players Alliance, a hearing in the House Oversight Committee about the Sheldon Adelson-backed Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA, is on tap for December 9. However, the hearing has not been officially announced on the committee's website. RAWA would ban internet gambling in the United States, including in the three states where it's already regulated: New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. Utah Congressman and Adelson minion Jason Chaffetz (pictured) is the Chairman of the committee and, according to the PPA, "The on again, off again iGaming hearing in Congress is now o
  21. The man trying to eradicate online poker and internet gambling from the US – Las Vegas Sands Chairman and CEO Sheldon Adelson (pictured) – claims he's "very socially sensitive," according to a Las Vegas Sun article published this week. Adelson gave his remarks during a talk at UNLV. After describing his tough roots in which "he and his three siblings slept on the floor in the same bedroom as their parents," the article noted that Adelson's father "spent his earnings as a taxi driver at racetracks." He told onlookers, "I see what exploitation of poor, vulnerable people does to a family. I
  22. After being at the forefront of the regulatory efforts in Congress for several years, former Senate Majority Leader and current Nevada Senator Harry Reid (pictured) has now firmly aligned himself with billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson in his fight against online gambling in the US. In an interview with the Las Vegas Sun's Amber Phillips, Reid tried to dance around the subject, but admitted he was more likely to ban online gambling than endorse passage of legislation to regulate the activity. "Unless we can get something done with poker, I'm going to look closely. I haven't made up
  23. This author went out and had a great evening stuffing his face with local foods and planned to sleep off his coma when he came home. But, any time we can point out the fallacies of those who are crusading against internet gambling in the United States, we're going to do so. We're like a mini-Rich Muny. Therefore, we present Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC, pictured), who despite taking such a strong stance against internet gambling has never sent an e-mail. Let that sink in: the man charged with pushing legislation to ban internet gambling in the US has never sent an e-mail. How is he possib
  24. Last week, PocketFives brought you an article about a hearing scheduled for March 5in the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations to discuss a bill from Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) that would ban internet gambling in the US. The bill, called Restoring America's Wire Act, reportedly comes at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. While the hearing has yet to be posted on the Subcommittee's website and no witness list has been leaked, the Poker Players Alliance, the main lobbying voice for poker players on Capitol Hill in the US, is alre
  25. In January, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) hijacked a critical Attorney General confirmation hearingto spread the gospel of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson. The latter, whose properties include the Venetian and Palazzo in Las Vegas, has pledged to spend "whatever it takes" to rid the US of online gambling and online poker. Now, the Attorney General nominee has responded after Graham repeatedly cut her off during the hearing and showed little interest in what she had to say. As part of a 200-page documenton page 125, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch (pictured) shared her thoughts on
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