Frank’s UIGEA Repeal is Ready to Roll

February 23, 2009

US Democrat Barney Frank

In an update to an ealier news item regarding Barney Frank’s plans to appeal the UIGEA ruling this morning’s edition of the eGaming Review snapshot revealed some further information regarding the Bill as well as its relase date which is now slated for as early as next month.

Barney Frank’s bill to repeal the UIGEA could be reintroduced as early as March, a congressional aide for the chair of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee told Reuters.

Sources familiar with the EU’s formal investigation into whether Washington was singling out EU companies for enforcement actions while allowing US online firms to operate freely also told the news organisation they expect the report to recommend action at the World Trade Organization when it is released next month.

However, rather than move immediately to litigation, it’s thought EU officials will use the report as leverage to seek a negotiated solution with the US.

A Full House Expected At Bingoworld Expo

February 23, 2009

All roads lead to Las Vegas next month as BingoWorld Conference & Expo is attracting a strong attendee base for its 13th annual renewal, March 3-4, 2009 at the Riviera Hotel & Casino here. It is the world’s largest conference and trade show dedicated to the bingo industry.

BingoWorld Conference & Expo

Hundreds of bingo professionals have already registered for BingoWorld, representing a broad spectrum of industry participants, including charitable, commercial, online and tribal bingo hall operators, gaming regulators, suppliers and other interested groups. They are coming from more than 35 U.S. states, several Canadian provinces and from as far away as Australia, Norway and the Philippines.

“Our early registration numbers prove that BingoWorld couldn’t come at a better time, as our program will focus on how to succeed in today’s challenging environment,” said Charles Anderer, Group Publisher, Gaming, for BNP Media, the show’s producer. “The opportunities to network and learn from peers are invaluable, and perhaps defying the odds we are truly attracting an excellent international crowd this year.”

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Major Victory for Online Poker Players

February 19, 2009

Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance, John Pappas, was very happy when he stated, "This is a tremendous victory for Internet freedom and the rights of Kentucky residents who enjoy playing online poker." This comes after it was announced that The Court of Appeals for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Franklin Circuit Court Division II overturned an earlier seizure of 141 domain names.

The PPA has an estimated 130000 player residents in Kentucky. The Poker Players Alliance was a big part of bringing in a positive decision. The other groups included online gambling interests such as,,,, and hundreds of others collectively.

John Pappas adds, "We are pleased that the appeals court has forcefully reversed Judge Wingate’s earlier ruling and confirmed many of the arguments that have been raised in opposition to the seizure effort. The Court of Appeals has agreed with the PPA’s position that Judge Wingate did not have jurisdiction to issue the order that he entered against these domains and that Secretary Brown has no legitimate right to deprive the citizens of Kentucky of the legal right to play poker online."

Rich Muny, Kentucky State Director for the PPA, said, "This common-sense approach would benefit Kentucky’s poker enthusiasts and the revenue will benefit the state as a whole. Rather than spending hard to find dollars on this case, the Governor could actually turn this into a much needed new revenue stream for the Commonwealth."

This is a massive decision for the world of online poker. Domain names are not a ‘gambling device’ the court has ruled and therefore are not subject to seizure or forfeiture. Internet freedom was in question in this case, so this outcome was an important one.


Barney Frank launches UIGEA roll back offensive

February 4, 2009

US Democrat Barney Frank

According to the eGaming Morning Snapshot of 4 February, US Democrat Barney Frank is launching an offensive to roll back legislation against online gambling passed under the Bush administration, reports the Financial Times.

The chairman of the House financial services committee will reintroduce a bill in the next few weeks to establish a licensing and regulatory framework for online gambling operators.

Frank said the prospects for his bill, discussed in the last session of Congress but not voted on, were greater than before because public opinion was now demanding the right to gamble online. Frank also said he expected UIGEA regulations making it illegal for financial institutions to process online gambling transactions, finalised during the final days of the Bush administration, to be among the measures Congress will look to rescind.

Free Bingo Website Supports RSPCA

January 29, 2009

Free Bingo website has thrown their weight behind the RSPCA’s efforts to encourage dog and cat neutering in the UK by offering a rebate service for a limited number of members.

LiveBingo.comFree Online Bingo website,, has placed its support behind a campaign to improve the affordability of pet spaying in an attempt to lighten the burden on animal welfare centres in these tough economic times.

Thousands of unwanted puppies and kittens are born every year, and the RSPCA strongly advises neutering at an early age. Neutering in the UK costs in the region of £180 for a bitch and £100 for a dog, which is an expense beyond the means of many households at the moment.
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