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Internet Gambling House Judiciary Hearing Concludes After Much Debate

The House Judiciary Committee Hearing to discuss the current, past, and future state of Internet gambling housed more extensive and relevant of a debate than there has been on the subject to date. The simple conclusion of the Hearing is that, at the very least, Internet gambling is a fascinating subject that has many facets which each should be studied and examined more closely by the legislative body, state Governors, and state attorneys.

One key point to note from the Hearing is that the US Attorney representing the Department of Justice, Catherine Hanaway, declared gambling to actually be legal for US citizens to participate in. To clarify, Hanaway said that it is LEGAL for US citizens to bet on casino and poker games via the Internet spielen von novoline auf novoline.com.de. To unclarify things she stated, however, that is illegal for companies and operations to accept bets that are deemed illegal.

The strongest argument, neither for or against online gambling, came from Professor Joseph Weiler, who is an expert in international trade law, who stated that the WTO agrees that a country can opt out of a clause based on moral arguments, but that the US cannot persuasively claim a a moral argument for Internet gambling when there are exceptions in current laws for Internet gambling for horse betting and state run lotteries.

The professor also explained that a withdrawal in agreement from the WTO by the nation that instituted the WTO should only withdraw if it is dire to the national security of the country. The US, as the leader of the WTO, who sets the examples of where the WTO should go, should not be choosing Internet gambling as its issue to withdraw on an agreement it made with other countries.

Annie Duke, an acclaimed professional poker player, who also has a PhD, was also one of the strongest to give testimony in the Hearing. She made the point that she has children who she would like to be helped to protect from being able to gamble online as underage citizens, but that she would be much more successful in protecting them if she had the government’s help.

Duke also made a strong argument for the skill aspects of poker when asked the possibilities of hitting a Royal Flush. She explained that the possibilities are slim, but that a person sitting on a possible Royal Flush draw …

Internet to be Held Nov 14 by House Judiciary Committee

Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, John Conyers, has set a date for a hearing on Internet gambling. The set date will be November 14, at 10 AM in the Rayburn Building in Washington D.C.

The intentions of the Judiciary Hearing are to find out if there can be rules to fairly and effectively mete out laws concerning regulation in order to get rid of the current prohibition.

The hearing is a direct result of efforts of the Poker Players Alliance’s (PPA) lobbying ‘fly-in’ they hosted in D.C. last month.

There is not an official ‘Hearing on Establishing Consistent Enforcement Policies in the Context of Online Wagers’ list of those giving testimony, however, it is rumored that Annie Duke, a poker professional, will be there to establish her views on the skill aspect of poker.

Also expected, but not confirmed, to give testimony at the hearing are an expert on WTO obligations, a representative from the Department of Justice, congressmen for and against online gambling, and others.

In related news, Rep. Conyers this week signed on to Rep. R. Wexler’s Bill H.R. 2610 (The Skill Games Protection Act) as a co-sponsor. Wexler’s bill would make an exception in the UIGEA for skill games such as poker.

Ironically, what makes the UIGEA so hard to enforce in the first place is the fact that there are so many exceptions already in the bill that allow horse race betting online, and fantasy sports gaming.

The banks are mandated to enforce these laws, but the banks say it is near impossible to determine what is illegal and what isn’t.

The newly set hearing will look into issues like these.…