Poker Players Alliance recently hired Alphonse D’Amato to act as their spokesman for the PPA. In an article by former Senator D’Amato and carried by the Boston Herald, he discusses government’s biggest blunders, self-serving politicians and outrageous legislation; all of which apply to the UIGEA.
“Perhaps the biggest government blunders in U.S. history have been prohibitions.
The prohibition against alcohol led to black market smuggling and speakeasies, and reaped huge profits for organized crime. Today, the prohibition on Internet gambling promises to funnel players underground, diminishing society’s ability to deal with serious challenges such as underage and problem gambling, and, more importantly, interferes with the right to individual liberty and privacy.
Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-Mass.) efforts to deal with this outrageous legislation are heroic.
With the current Internet gambling ban, the unintended consequences abound. Law enforcement and financial institutions must redirect resources to monitor and then block poker wagers instead of focusing resources on tracking terrorist financing. And, because the ban funnels players underground and forces them to use less transparent financial systems to place bets, law enforcement finds itself even more hampered to police potential money laundering…”
Senator D’Amaot goes on to list other consequences such as the shutting out of reputable sites that use age-verification software while underground sites won’t and don’t carry the burden of fair and responsible gambling.
NYX Gaming Group Limited (TSXV: NYX) has announced the appointment of Steve Mayes as its new Third-Party Sales Director.
Mayes comes to the casino, sportsbook, lottery and bingo supplier after a long spell at Playtech. There, some of his most recent responsibilities fell under the title of Commercial Director where he headed up Playtech's Open Platform and worked with third-party game providers. Prior to that, he worked there as part of the Ash Gaming Commercial team.
This week, Dina Titus, a Democrat Representative from Nevada, urged the chairman and the ranking member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to hold a hearing regarding the current state-by-state legalization of online gambling.
In her letter, the Congresswoman told Representatives Upton and Waxman that it was important that Congress “create a common sense regulatory framework” to help protect American consumers from the “bad actors” who may take advantage of U.
New York State Senator Tim Kennedy believes the legalized online gambling in surrounding states could lead to increased levels of “illegal and predatory activities”, and he’s asked the New York State Gaming Commission, the NYSGC, to do something about it.
“There are some websites that have lured customers into using their online casino platform,” stated Kennedy in a press release on his website.