Dropping like fly

by , Oct 13, 2006 | 11:14 am

The first online gaming company collapse just went down … World Gaming is no longer … or at least just a shell of what it used to be.


5 Comments to “Dropping like fly”


  1. yuri
    says:

    Are the pros at FullTilt exposed to prosecution since FT isn’t halting US operations? They’ve always projected the image that these pros are in on the ground floor. What’s to kept the DoJ from arresting them?


  2. DanM
    says:

    Full Tilt and PokerStars both plan to carry on, under the premise that no courts have ever ruled poker to be gambling:

    http://www.bluffmagazine.com/news/newsArticle.asp?newsID=1101310. When faced with the game of skill issue, the courts have always sided with poker in the past … and the last time they took a look, it was long before the database of billions of hands that can provide proper statistical analysis.


  3. earl
    says:

    Dan, tell your readers to VOTE! The Republicans who control the White House and Congress have chosen to align themselves with the Cristian Right and are beholden to these religeous wackos to put us “sinners” in our place. Even though our constitution calls for a seperation of Church and State, as long as this voting block is controlling the Republicans we are in for this kind of harrassment on our liberties. The millions of us who play poker need to get out and vote these clowns out of office. Even if you don’t agree with the Democrats on anything else, at least they are liberal when it comes to our freedoms.


  4. GaryK
    says:

    I’d say World Gaming needs a new lawyer after reading the analysis of the new law by that female lawyer.


  5. Bob
    says:

    Here is FullTilt’s statement:

    http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/playing-online-poker-in-the-us.php

    To answer Yuri: The only law on the books that makes any kind of gambling of this sort illegal is the Wire Act of 1961, which only specifies sports gambling. The only people/entities that have been arrested by the DoJ are those that have sports betting as part of their operation.

    The Atty General and the DoJ have issued opinions that the Wire Act includes all internet gambling, but that IS NOT law, and has not been upheld in court. The DoJ and the AG ENFORCE law, they DO NOT legally interpret it. That is the function of the courts. All their opinions mean nothing until upheld by a court (eventually up to the Supreme Court). To date, they have not gone after any non-sports sites.

    At least this saga may serve to get more people to educate themselves in civics (a class that I wish was still mandatory in our school system).

    FullTilt’s analysis is correct, and I am of the opinion that they are on firm footing regarding their operation (or any other online non-sports site), and our use of it.

    At any rate, we will have 270 days to debate the issue until the bill actually goes into effect.