California QQWIN99 Players
For all the QQWIN99 players in California, who want to know what they can do to support online poker freedom. Here is the latest letter I received from Senator Feinstein of California. After reading this if you would like to contact the Senator (whether you live in California or not) here is her email contact information.
Dear Poker Shrink,
Thank you for contacting me regarding Internet gambling. I appreciate you taking the time to contact me on this important topic and I welcome the opportunity to respond.
There is no doubt that the Internet and related technologies have had a remarkable effect on the U.S. economy in recent years. Commerce on the Internet has enhanced American industry’s ability to distribute goods economically and efficiently. The continuing development of this industry in California has provided hundreds of thousands of new, well-paying jobs, and I am committed to strengthening online commerce and preserving and expanding this vital job base.
The advent of the Internet has clearly been beneficial to American society; however, I believe the same cannot be said for Internet-based gambling activity. Internet gambling has become too easily accessible to minors, too subject to fraud and criminal misuse, and too easily used as a tool to evade state gambling laws.
Poker Rules: UIGEA
OK, so I said just the other day that the United States governmental agencies had not yet come up with any rules for the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act. Well now they have and so the online gaming picture in the States is now murkier than ever before. Here are some highlights of the proposed regulations.
*Interested parties (the banks, credit card companies and third party clearing houses) have until December 12, 2007 to comment on the proposed rules.
*The rules say absolutely nothing about the individual poker player; only the financial institutions facilitating the transfer of money are regulated.
*Nothing is said about what gaming activities are legal or for that matter illegal.
*It appears that only your bank and the poker websites bank are subject to any legal issues. The whole interwoven system of financial transfers are considered intermediaries and not subject to sanction.
*The exact procedures for implementing the Act are not in the new rules and apparently are going to be left to the financial institutions involved.
The comments about the proposed rules should be very interesting, particularly since the passage of the bill over a year ago, the banks have made it clear that they simply do not have the internal mechanisms in place to enforce the law.
Reminds me of the phrase: What if they wrote a law and nobody enforced it? Not much chance of that with the right wing political climate across the pond.