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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. The Sheldon Adelson propaganda machine is in full swing. Just a couple of days after PocketFives reported that Adelson met with Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee, the latter had its chance to grill Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC, pictured), who championed legislation from Adelson last Congressional session, spoke for about 75 seconds about the Wire Act during the hearing, the transcript of which is below: Lindsey Graham: Are you familiar with the decision by the Office of Legal Counsel in 2011 to basically say that the prohibition of t
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. It took a couple of days, but the Venetianin Las Vegas officially let the world know why it turned away PokerNews from reporting on its own sponsored Mid-States Poker Tour eventlast week. PokerNews' Brett Collsongave the following response from the Venetian's Kathy Raymond via Twitter: "Given our Chairman's clear position on the matter of online gaming, Venetian/Palazzo made a business decision to not allow an online blog during the MSPT event." PokerNews' Donnie Peters originally said the reason for the dismissal was unclear, telling PocketFives earlier this week, "With each MSPT event, Po
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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)
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. GOP insiders say that casino tycoon and staunch internet gambling opponent Sheldon Adelson (pictured) could donate up to $100 million through various conservative political organizations and "dark money" channels in an effort to win back the Senate for Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections in the US. The 81-year-old billionaire will reportedly lavish the bulk of the cash on Americans for Prosperity, founded by the billionaire Koch brothers; Crossroads GPS, cofounded by political strategist Karl Rove; the Republican Jewish Coalition; and the US Chamber of Commerce. According to IRS
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. On Thursday, the Poker Players Alliance, the primary lobbying voice for poker players in the US, called legislation from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) "misguided" and launched a national call to action campaign to encourage Americans to fight back. The organization has launched a detailed, informative web page allowing players to e-mail, meet, and call their lawmakers as well as send Tweets to Congress. PPA Executive Director John Pappas commented in a press release, "We have learned time and time again throughout history that prohibition is not the sol
  21. According to Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas, the draft billscirculating from Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) that would ban online gambling in the US would also put an end to the existing regulated sites in Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware. However, compromises could be made as the bills, which were dropped on Wednesday, are advanced through Congress. Read the Graham bill. Will see any movement on the bills, which seek to restore the Wire Act of 1961 to say that it applies to all internet gambling sans horse racing, which recei
  22. According to the Poker Players Alliance, the main lobbying voice for poker players on Capitol Hill, a bill could be introduced in the US Congress that "would block new states from licensing online poker while a federal study is conducted." That's different than the Sheldon Adelson-backed Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA, which bans online gambling and online poker in the US altogether, including in the three states where it's regulated: New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. As Rich TheEngineerMuny from the PPA explained, "While the news is good in that it we are taking the fight to
  23. On Wednesday, while Congress was adjourned, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (pictured) introduced Restoring America's Wire Act in the US Senate. The legislation, driven at the behest of Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson, bans internet gambling and online poker in the US. John Pappas, Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance, responded to the introduction of RAWA in the Senate by saying, "Congress made the decision to adjourn early so they could attend services on Friday in Senator Graham's home state. Unfortunately, Senator Graham has not reset his priorities and picked a ve
  24. In the last couple of weeks, we've learned that the main man in the US Senate championing Sheldon Adelson's (pictured) legislation to ban internet gambling, Lindsey Graham, has never sent an e-mail. We've also learned that Adelson's camp was a no-show at the Conservative Political Action Conference to debate the merits of i-gaming. Are those championing Adelson's Restoring America's Wire Act, or RAWA, just doing it for campaign contributions and political favors? Is it all about the money? We'll start with Adelson's camp being no-showing the Conservative Political Action Conference. Accordi
  25. This week, Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson hijacked the critical Attorney General confirmation proceedingsin the House Judiciary Committee. One of his minions, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who is "testing the waters" for a 2016 Presidential bid, took time during the hearing to ask Attorney General candidate Loretta Lynch about the 2011 clarification of the Wire Act, which says that the law only applies to sports betting. Rather than listening to Lynch's responses, thinking critically, and responding, Graham cut her off multiple times and seemed disinterested in what she had to say. In
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