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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2006 1:09 pm    Post subject: JOIN Campaigns to Re-open/Regulate the U.S. gambling market Reply with quote

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Reprint, resend our letter supporting Antigua at the WTO.





View the Antigua Sun story, Canadian company throws weight behind Antigua’s gaming fight, by Patricia Campbell June 1/06.

Our letter:

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To: consultations@international.gc.ca
Cc: pm@pm.gc.ca ; out-info.por@international.gc.ca ; consultations@dfait-maeci.gc.ca ; legal@pokerpulse.com
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2006 8:08 PM
Subject: Canada should grow some guts and support Antigua in the Cross-Border Betting Dispute with the U.S.


Welcome PM Harper and Trade and Foreign Policy Ministers to the new government,

I am delighted to see the wonderful changes you've made to the International Trade Canada website, which is now informative and interactive - in a word, useful. I hope these most welcome changes will be similarly reflected in Canada's comportment at the World Trade Organization (WTO). What I'm especially looking for is a strong, renewed commitment by our envoys to show Canada's support for Antigua, the bravest and boldest WTO Member, in its Cross-Border Betting Dispute with the U.S.

I have had the good fortune to meet Antigua's lead counsel, Mark Mendel, who happily shares with me and probably many others, lucid translations of the unique nomenclature and procedures involved in international trade law, an area that is still not widely understood even by the legal profession. With his help, I have been able, I hope, to clarify the positions of both Antigua and the U.S. in the dispute and remove at least some of the mystery of the WTO for our visitors. Imagine my shame when I learned that Canada had abandoned Antigua mid-fight with no explanation. Why, for goodness sake?

I met a number of representatives of Antigua at an international gaming summit in Montreal last summer, and they were without exception earnest, well spoken professionals. As residents of a tiny developing nation with few resources, they were hard-pressed to find a way to self-sufficiency. After much research and a lot of hard work, they were able to use their knowledge of technology and the Internet to develop a legitimate, well-regulated industry, an industry that became so successful, in fact, that the U.S. is trying to shut it down. Even today, despite two favorable panel decisions and a stated promise to comply, the U.S. is considering two more pieces of legislation that would preclude Antigua's participation in the U.S. market.

Nor can the U.S. make any credible moral claims as the basis for its opposition. About five minutes after Antigua was forced to bring its case to arbitration, the U.S. signed CAFTA, a trade agreement which specifically allows signatories to provide gambling services within the U.S. market.

Two words: softwood lumber. Who knows better than Canada what it's like to 'negotiate' with our U.S. trading partners?

While Canadians may not be able to extricate ourselves from NAFTA, let us at least bring our wisdom from that experience to bear on Antigua's dispute.

I greatly fear that if Canada and other developed nations fail in this opportunity to support a small, poor country that openly displays its good report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at its website for all the world to see, we will have failed in our primary obligation, which should be to provide those benefits promised by co-operation to all Members, especially those that are the most vulnerable.

Please re-evaluate the position of the old Pettigrew guard, whose response to this opportunity was retreat! Retreat! Screw your courage, Mr. Harper, Mr. Emerson, to the sticking place and help Antigua save its fledgling industry, the very key to its independence and maybe even the smallest taste of Western prosperity.

Thank you in advance for your kind attention,

L.M. Murray
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Why write a letter?

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1. Informal polling at GIGSE '05 suggested to us that online gambling operators across the pond were not sufficiently aware of the significant risk posed by U.S. law, whose reach seems to be universal. Various treaties and legislation created worldwide post-9/11 in response to terrorism facilitate U.S. enforcement of its laws against foreign nationals outside the U.S. even further. This is especially troubling when the laws of the foreign jurisdiction conflict with those of the U.S. In our view, Antigua's cross-border betting dispute provides the most effective means of challenging U.S. anti-gambling laws, so on that basis alone, it's logical that the industry rally support for Antigua.

2. The World Trade Organization (WTO) was created to facilitate trade in a way that benefits all members, especially developing nations, despite huge differences in wealth and ideology, thus promoting greater prosperity, openness and peace. Antigua's dispute is the ultimate WTO test case. The U.S. approach to compliance here could very well make or break that organization. If certain wealthy nations prove to be more equal than others, then co-operation and compromise undertaken as a condition to membership ceases to be a benefit. If that happens, the whole thing collapses and we revert to * expensive, complex litigation in faraway lands, * renewed trade restrictions and[a * resurgence of old hatreds that tore the world apart 50 years ago.


Send it to:

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Copy your letter to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), contactustr@ustr.eop.gov, which provides that "Your e-mail will be directed to the appropriate office".

Join the Poker Player Alliance campaign to 'Defend the American tradition'.

Find out here if your country is among the 150 members that might bring a challenge similar to Antigua's at the WTO.

Explore the possibility of an EC challenge similar to Antigua's or write to demand the European Commission continue to apply peer pressure to motivate U.S. compliance in Antigua's dispute.

CAFTA countries also have procedures - some say even better than the WTO's - that allow signatories to challenge U.S. protectionism of its gambling sector.


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Note: China, the EC and Japan have reserved their rights to participate as third parties in Antigua's WTO compliance review panel set up July 19/06. More on that panel and third party rights here. Click here for more on what happened the last time the EC and Japan took on U.S. protectionism - ouch!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caribbean Campaigns:

Caribbean Pressreleases.com
Antigua's PM calls on NAM members to unite
Sept. 18/06


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More on the 118-member Non-Aligned Movement at BBC.com.

See also CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY SUPPORT FOR ANTIGUA IN WTO DISPUTE, Region expresses concern over USA response to WTO ruling dated Oct. 18/06 at Online-Casinos.coms and Caribbean trade leaders, including Caricom Assistant Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin La Rocque and Director General of the CRNM Ambassador Richard Bernal, urging U.S. compliance .


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Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer blasted controlling and unilateral first world countries at the IV Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Havana, Cuba this weekend, asking countries of the movement to resist their efforts to economically and politically dominate less powerful nations by uniting.

Addressing personages such as Raoul Castro Ruz, acting president of the Republic of Cuba and acting chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement and Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, PM Spencer said that multilaterism, or the process of involving more than two nations in decision-making, is under siege in this modern-day world...by those who would prefer a unilateral or north to south command, to “further their own goals and ideals, with reckless disregard for the political and economic security of developing countries, some of us small and extremely vulnerable.”

Antigua & Barbuda (joined NAM in May, 2006 along with Dominica; Dominica; St Kitts & Nevis and Haiti followed in September) has continued struggles with the United States... regarding World Trade Organisation (WTO) decisions affecting Internet gambling...

Spencer said that within the circle of the United Nations, the NAM is an excellent vehicle to pursue South-South cooperation and can be an effective counterbalance to the forces that threaten multilateralism and seek to impose the will of a few on the majority of the world’s people.

...NAM, is an international organisation of over 100 states which consider themselves not formally aligned with or against any major power bloc. They represent nearly two-thirds of the United Nations’ members and comprise 55 per cent of the world population.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Support the initiative by House Finance Committe Chair Barney Frank to REPEAL U.S. Internet gambling prohibitions - HOW YOU CAN HELP!



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative:

Click here to learn more about Safe and Secure Internet Gambling.

Click here to learn more about Safe and Secure Internet Gambling.

According to this Washington, D.C.-based website:

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The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative promotes the freedom of individuals to gamble online with the proper safeguards to protect consumers and ensure the integrity of financial transactions. Additionally, the Initiative is a resource for information about legislation to regulate Internet Gambling and provides individuals, organizations and companies the opportunity to support the legislation and engage their elected officials.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA)

Also a Washington, D.C.-based group,

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The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association was founded in 2007 with the goal of working constructively and cooperatively with government at all levels, and other concerned citizens and corporations, to continue the remarkable growth of the Internet, and to promote innovation, openness and freedom as the path to even greater benefit of this medium for all.


iMEGA has recently brought an action now before New Jersey District Court (Trenton), requesting a temporary order to restrain the U.S. Justice Dept. from enforcing the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).

View the 50-page response to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss, esp beginning at p. 29, which provides novel argument regarding the application of Antigua's successful challenge at the WTO and treaty law generally.

We'll be following this case led by 25-year vet Eric M. Bernstein with interest. Please check back soon for updates.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost 100 poker players descend on Washington to repeal the ban:

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Poker Pros Bet Big on Lobbying Congress
By Russell Berman
Oct. 23/07


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WASHINGTON — Coming off a resounding defeat in Congress a year ago, the country's top poker players are trying their hand at a time-honored Washington parlor game: lobbying. Nearly 100 leading card players are flying into the nation's capital this week to urge lawmakers to roll back a ban on Internet gambling. They are led by Senator D'Amato, the New York lawmaker turned lobbyist who serves as chairman of the Poker Players Alliance.

The group is pushing a bill that would legalize and regulate online gambling through the federal government, effectively reversing a law that President Bush signed last year making it illegal for American banks and credit card companies to process online bets.

"We shouldn't be making criminals of people who want to play poker in their own home. It's ridiculous," Mr. D'Amato said in a telephone interview.

The former three-term Republican senator brings added political clout to an industry that says it was broadsided by last year's legislation, which was added to an unrelated port security bill and passed overwhelmingly. "They snuck the bill through," Mr. D'Amato said.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

European Campaigns:

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FREE David Carruthers.com

More on Carruthers and the BetonSports U.S. prosecution.

More on Europe's post-Antigua trade challenge, the new best lever to re-open the U.S. Internet gambling market!



Here's how:

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On Sunday July 16, 2006, David Carruthers, a British citizen, was arrested at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Texas, USA by US Federal agents while changing planes.

He was travelling with his wife Carol (who was also detained but subsequently released) from the UK to his home in Costa Rica where they have resided since 2000.

So, what is his crime? Is he a murderer, a dangerous terrorist, or even a white collar criminal responsible for embezzling millions of dollars?

No, his ‘crime’ is to be a vocal advocate of online gambling regulation in the United States.

This site is dedicated to exposing the hypocrisy of the current United States Administration in its attitude to gambling, and its attempts to persecute people operating businesses legally outside its own borders.

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We are an independent site not affiliated with BETonSPORTS Plc, or its subsidiaries. (Please see Frequently Asked Questions.)

CONTACT US:
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To: freedavid@freedavidcarruthers.com
Cc: legal
Sent: Friday, December 07, 2007 11:24 AM
Subject: You're up at LegalAtPokerpulse.com!


Hiya,

Just a quick note to let you know we give you a link at our European Union forum http://pokerpulse.com/legal/viewtopic.php?p=476#476, where we're covering the Carruthers prosecution. We've done our best to draw attention at our blog to the selective use by the U.S. of anti-terrorist laws to prosecute what IT considers to be white-collar crime - an especially dubious business in the Internet gambling arena, where the U.S. now has two international judgments against it http://www.pokerpulse.com/legal/viewtopic.php?t=93. We've also been concerned with the aggressive U.S. expansion of its wire fraud statute, which is wayyyyyy too often applied in place of a more appropriate charge (see Pasquantino, a cross-border liquor smuggling case http://www.pokerpulse.com/legal/viewtopic.php?t=24). The rationale, we suspect, is that wire fraud is easy as pie to prove AND it allows for a fastrack approach to asset seizure and forfeiture with no requirement to return the proceeds even in the absence of conviction! We were a voice in the wilderness when we started our blog about these issues in an effort to warn the industry of its vulnerability. In the wake of so many similar cases, especially those relating to Internet gambling, we hope it's now sufficiently clear to nations worldwide that the U.S. no longer enjoys much of what most of us think of as a common law legal system. Extortionist plea bargaining, rampant asset seizure and forfeiture without conviction and, in many cases, even a trial plus the use of extradition treaties enacted to combat terrorism to effectively kidnap foreign nationals do not satisfy any reasonable test for 'equivalent legal standards'. The latest U.S. decision to dismantle the whole hard-won WTO framework and gosh only knows what industries worldwide by seeking to remove gambling from GATS is nothing more than a gesture of the very kind of imperialism the U.S. once waged war against.

Feel free to post this anywhere!

L.M. Murray
Editor
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Tracking Internet gambling law and issues worldwide.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ANOTHER 'inconvenient truth':
Online gambling is greener and better for the planet!


Take the PokerPulse Gamble Green Challenge TODAY!




The Antigua Sun
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Another ‘inconvenient truth’
April 12/08


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Dear Editor:

As you know, we’ve been tracking for some time now developments in the slow-burn trade dispute between Antigua and the United States over America’s remote gambling ban, which many in the industry now refer to and not affectionately as Prohibition 2.0. Many of us are still catching our breath after the wildly disappointing result obtained in the arbitrator’s report at Christmas, when panellists slashed Antigua’s claim of $3.4 billion – a figure arrived at by a legion of actuaries – to a paltry $21 million, using a bizarre, utterly unprecedented legal approach we call the Four-Flusher Fantasy.

Imagine our delight at the prospect of a similar GATS-breach discrimination challenge (as distinguished from the GATS-slash compensation claimed by eight nations after the U.S. determined pig-headedly to remove gambling services from the agmt) by the European Communities (EC)! The EC will no doubt profit from Antigua’s groundbreaking double-win and, post-UK Gambling Bill and the creation of various agencies overseeing it, there won’t be the hang-up over licensing and other regulatory issues cited in the report as the reason for Antigua’s massive reduction.

As the great British humorist P.G. Wodehouse might have put it, this EC challenge is a good thing that should be pushed along!

What’s currently most interesting to us about this case is the conspicuous absence of argument either by Antigua or the EC that online gambling is quite simply greener and better for the planet than traditional brick and mortars, development of which threatens and destroys fragile eco-systems in places like Antigua, most often leaking profits back to foreign companies. We’ve recently compiled a series of excerpts from books and articles worldwide on combating climate change.

We’ve also launched a Gamble Green Challenge to players in which we’ve agreed to donate a portion of our earnings to the David Suzuki Foundation for climate change research.

At the end of the day, it is international trade that provides a sort of ‘greenprint’, if you will, to facilitate and encourage all of us to make the best economic and ECO-cost-effective decisions about the use of resources. That’s why the U.S. decision in this case is even more reprehensible. More and still more, still bigger super-casino resorts wreak so much hell on the environment and fragile local economies; it just makes no sense to encourage their proliferation.

On the other hand, allowing Internet gambling, a cleaner, greener and probably much safer service, has the potential to create tremendous wealth and better-paid service jobs – even in local economies of developing nations.

Another ‘inconvenient truth’: Online gambling is greener and better for the planet than traditional brick-and mortar casinos. Pass it on!

L.M. Murray
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Could this mean the end of Prohibition 2.0?
GObama confesses he enjoys a friendly game of poker!


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View the YouTube.com video clip.

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CHANGE
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Senator Obama: I read the other day that Senator John McCain likes to gamble. He likes to roll those dice, and that's OK. I enjoy - I'm making a confession here - I enjoy having a little friendly game of poker myself once in awhile.


Yes, and his pal, Republican Illinois Senator Kirk Dillard remembers a few of those games!

Obama's not the first White House incumbent to play poker. LOTS More Presidential Gamblers.


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More on yesterday's stinkin' thinkin' about a legitimate commercial enterprise that could tie up U.S. courts for years and cost taxpayers billions in legal fees alone.

Now Europe is investigating the legality of U.S. 'GATS-plus' settlements with several respected industry operators, including PartyGaming.



"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" ...

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SO BELLY UP TO THE BAISE!
Tell the new president how you feel about Internet gambling at the new White House Office of Public Liaison.

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The Office of Public Liaison & Intergovernmental Affairs (OPL-IGA) is the front door to the White House through which everyone can participate and inform the work of the President.

OPL-IGA takes the Administration out of Washington and into communities across America, stimulating honest dialogue and ensuring that America's citizens and their elected officials have a government that works effectively for them and with them.

OPL-IGA will bring new voices to the table, build relationships with constituents and seeks to embody the essence of the President's movement for change through the meaningful engagement of citizens and their elected officials by the federal government.

We'll be adding many more ways for you to interact with OPA-IGA at this page in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, please take a moment to share your thoughts using the form below.


Sports betting may be OK now, too!

Bloomberg.com
Obama Picks North Carolina to Beat Louisville in NCAA Final
By Hans Nichols
March 18/09


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The first fan has filled out his brackets and President Barack Obama is picking the University of North Carolina Tar Heels to beat University of Louisville in the finals of NCAA men’s basketball tournament, according to ESPN. Obama filled out a bracket for the cable sports network in the White House map room yesterday, with the University of Memphis and the University of Pittsburgh rounding out his Final Four selections. ESPN broadcast the president’s picks at noon today, Washington time.

For the most part, Obama is figuring on the higher seeded teams to prevail, though he smells an upset in the game between a No. 11-seed, Virginia Commonwealth University, and a No. 6- seed, University of California at Los Angeles. “VCU, I think, has been playing strong, and I hate to say this, because my brother-in-law is in the Pac-10 right now, but the Pac-10 has been looking pretty weak this year,” Obama said, according to ESPN. “I like that as an upset.” Obama was referring to Craig Robinson, the brother of first lady Michelle Obama and coach of the basketball team at Oregon State University. Robinson’s team did not make the tournament. Of the four regional No. 1 seeds, Obama predicted that only the University of Connecticut won’t reach the Final Four round in Detroit on April 4. He has them losing to Memphis in the western regional final. Neither Columbia University nor Harvard University, the president’s two alma maters, made the tournament. The Ivy League will be represented by Cornell University, a No. 14-seed. Obama has them losing to the No. 3-seeded University of Missouri in the first round.

Obama, 47, is joining millions of Americans in following the annual “March Madness” surrounding the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, a yearly ritual that that costs employers an estimated $1.7 billion in lost productivity.

North Carolina is something of a favorite for Obama, who was a member of his high school basketball team in Hawaii and continues to play pickup games. During the presidential campaign last March he picked the Tar Heels to win the tournament as well. The championship ultimately went to the University of Kansas. Obama won North Carolina in the presidential election, the first time a Democrat carried the state since 1976.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tell the Christian Coalition and other U.S. officials to vote YES to Barney Frank's forthcoming gambling repeal.

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A New Chance for Online Gambling in the U.S.
By Eric Pfanner
April 26/09


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View the New Yorker Sporting Scene on DoJ's selective blindness to the decision by PokerStars and FullTiltPoker to continue taking U.S. bets post-Prohibition 2.0.


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Attention: Roberta Combs, President, Christian Coalition of America,

As a competent adult American, I am perfectly able to choose the ways in which I spend my leisure time and money. It is, frankly, un-American for government to openly block commerce in the manner you propose, especially in view of a global financial crisis whose effects Americans have only just begun to feel.


Vote YES to Rep. Frank's bill to repeal the regressive U.S. gambling ban. Show the world America is again open for business!






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... now, executives of some of the European companies whisper excitedly that they may soon get a second chance in the United States. Meanwhile, a number of European countries that have long maintained barriers are moving, under pressure from regulators, to legalize, and tax, online gambling. “There’s still a lot of gambling going on, where there’s no revenue coming in to the governments,” said Gavin Kelleher, an analyst at the research firm H2 Gambling Capital in Ireland. “They realize they could use the revenue.”

The biggest potential change would be in the United States, where, perhaps within days, Representative Barney Frank, Democrat of Massachusetts, is expected to introduce legislation aimed at overturning the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. (emphasis added)

“He supports the repeal and wants to move forward on it,” said Steve Adamske, communications director for the House Financial Services Committee, of which Mr. Frank is chairman. Mr. Frank tried and failed to do so once before, in 2007. But advocates of liberalization think they might get a friendlier hearing in Washington this time around.

President Barack Obama, they note, boasted of his poker prowess during the election campaign. And the Democrats, who are seen as less hostile to Internet gambling than the Republicans, have tightened their grip on Congress. A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers says the U.S. government could raise more than $50 billion over 10 years from taxes on legalized online gambling. (emphasis added)

“I’d be amazed if it didn’t happen over the next two or three years,” said Clive Hawkswood, chief executive of the Remote Gambling Association, a trade group based in London. “It’s just a question of what exactly the regulations will say.”

Some analysts say that may be getting a little bit ahead of the game. Opponents of a repeal, including the Christian Coalition of America and the National Football League, have vowed to fight any new effort to end the ban. Michele Combs, a spokeswoman for the Christian Coalition, said the group was gearing up for a “massive campaign” of letter-writing and lobbying to try to prevent any loosening of the law. “We’re not saying people shouldn’t go to Las Vegas,” she said. “But when it’s in your home, it’s too easy. It breaks up families.”

U.S. sports leagues, meanwhile, worry that the ease of online betting increases the chances of game-fixing. Even the most bullish advocates of online gambling acknowledge that Internet sports betting — as opposed to poker or casino games — is highly unlikely to be legalized.

“There’s a better chance now for some sort of gaming legislation to be approved,” said Nick Batram, an analyst at KBC Peel Hunt, a brokerage firm in London. “But it took longer than expected to put anti-gaming legislation in place, and it will probably will take longer than expected to remove it.”

... H2 says online gambling generated revenue of $6 billion last year in North America, more than a quarter the global total of $22.6 billion, up from $17.6 billion in 2006.

Pulling out of the United States cost PartyGaming about three-quarters of its business. Its position as the biggest online poker provider has been taken over by PokerStars, a privately held operator based on the Isle of Man. This month, PartyGaming agreed to a $105 million settlement with the U.S. attorney’s office in New York, involving the period before 2006, when it acknowledged that its activities had been “contrary to certain U.S. laws.” In turn, the U.S. authorities agreed not to prosecute the company, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange, or its executives.

The agreement fueled speculation that PartyGaming might be trying to position itself for a return to the U.S. market, if online gambling were legalized. Analysts say one possibility for European companies like PartyGaming, should the ban be lifted, would be to form partnerships with American casino operators. That would allow the European companies to share their online expertise. Operating alone, they might struggle to obtain licenses, given their history of run-ins with U.S. law enforcement, analysts said. (emphasis added)

“It’s my feeling that even if the market were opened up, the U.S. government, in a palatable way, would probably find a way to give local companies a favorable position,” Mr. Batram said. So far, Las Vegas executives have maintained a cautious stance about legalization of online gambling. Steve Wynn, chief executive of Wynn Resorts, said in an e-mail message that he thought it would be “impossible to regulate. Even though it would be a benefit to our company, we are strongly opposed,” he said. But speculation that Las Vegas casino operators were looking into the possibilities was fueled by recent reports that Harrah’s Entertainment, which owns Caesars Palace and other casinos, recently hired Mitch Garber, former chief executive of PartyGaming, for an unspecified role. Harrah’s did not return calls. Mr. Ryan said that PartyGaming planned to focus on acquisition opportunities to increase its market share in Europe and elsewhere, something that was difficult as long as investors were worried about the U.S. litigation. “We think Mr. Frank’s efforts are quite meaningful to the sector,” he said.

Several other online gambling companies whose shares are traded in London, including 888 Holdings and Sportingbet, are still in talks with the U.S. Justice Department. Analysts expect them, along with companies like Bwin International, whose stock is traded in Vienna, to be involved in a round of consolidation in the industry — along with a possible eventual move back into the United States.

As they await developments in Washington, online gambling companies are looking for growth in Europe and Asia. Under pressure from regulators in Brussels, several European Union members, including France, Italy, Spain and Denmark, have been moving to legalize some kinds of online gambling, turning it into a regulated and taxed business. Britain was the first big European country to do so, in 2005. Other countries, like Germany, Greece and the Netherlands, continue to hold out, though, in what the European Commission sees as an effort to protect government-sponsored gambling monopolies from private competition. The commission in March published a report arguing that the United States was violating World Trade Organization rules by keeping out European online gambling companies, given that online betting on horse racing is permitted in the United States. But the commission said that it favored negotiations, rather than legal action, to end the dispute[/b][/i][/color]. Also in March, however, the European Parliament adopted a separate measure supporting the right of individual E.U. member states to make their own rules on online gambling. ...


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