Articles by: Jennifer Newell

UIGEA Upheld by 3rd Circuit Court in iMEGA Appeal

Jennifer Newell | September 3, 2009

After a two-year court battle, the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) was dealt a blow on September 1 when the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals rejected its arguments and upheld the premise of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). Though the judges made clear that the UIGEA does not render online […]

Canadian Internet Gaming Payment Processor Indicted by U.S. DOJ

Jennifer Newell | August 10, 2009

The situation in the Southern District of New York just became much more complicated. What started with the Assistant U.S. Attorney forcing the seizure of more than $30 million online gaming funds looked as if the Southern District of New York would be challenged in court and possibly forced to return monies because of missteps and a […]

South Carolina Men Appeal February Guilty Verdict in Circuit Court

Jennifer Newell | August 7, 2009

Six months ago, the unexpected verdict came down. After the five men were tried in a Mount Pleasant, South Carolina court for holding a poker game but breaking a law from 1802, Judge J. Lawrence Duffy agreed with the premise of the defense attorney’s argument that poker was a game of skill. But since the law […]

Sen. Menendez Introduces Internet Poker & Skill Games Regulation Bill

Jennifer Newell | August 6, 2009

The notion of the Senate bill had been discussed as far back as the beginning of the 2009 World Series of Poker, when PPA Executive Director John Pappas mentioned that Menendez was considering a reintroduction of his 2008 legislative proposal. Talks turned to promises during National Poker Week, it all came to fruition in the […]

Cosponsors Added to Frank Legislation After National Poker Week

Jennifer Newell | July 29, 2009

The addition of cosponsors to any legislation is important, as it shows broad support for a bill and its initial sponsor. When Rep. Barney Frank introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation Consumer Protection & Enforcement Act of 2009 (H.R. 2267) in early May, his primary co-sponsor, Rep. Ron Paul, signed on as its primary co-sponsor. Since […]

USO & Wounded Vets Benefit From PPA Charity Tournament in D.C.

Jennifer Newell | July 23, 2009

National Poker Week continued Wednesday with poker pros like Annie Duke, Andy Bloch, and Greg Raymer in Washington, D.C., as well as about 35 Poker Players Alliance state directors. What better time or place to join forces with the USO to raise money for wounded soldiers through a star-studded charity poker tournament? After the first full […]

PPA Members Join Lobbyists to Speak With Members of US Congress

Jennifer Newell | July 22, 2009

It had been some time since the last Washington, D.C. fly-in, and with the designation of National Poker Week, the process was scheduled to include two days of meetings with members of Congress with the purpose of lobbying for current and upcoming pro-online poker legislation. For many who chose to participate in the process, namely […]

PPA Gathers in D.C. to Launch National Poker Week, Howard Stern Joins PPA

Jennifer Newell | July 21, 2009

National Poker Week officially began on Sunday, July 19, but the real launch took place in the early morning hours of July 20, as Poker Players Alliance Chairman and former Senator Alfonse D’Amato made an appearance on the famous Howard Stern show. And as the day went on, many PPA state directors and some of […]

PPA Granted Friend of the Court Status in Funds Seizure Case

Jennifer Newell | July 17, 2009

It was only days ago that action was finally taken in the case of online poker funds transfers that were seized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of New York. Account Services filed a motion with the court to retrieve approximately $13 million of seized monies, and the Poker Players Alliance hailed […]

Account Services Files Motion for Return of Online Poker Funds

Jennifer Newell | July 14, 2009

It had been nearly a month since any word on the seizure of more than $30 million in online poker website funds by the Southern District Court of New York. While most of the sites had taken steps to reroute funds for poker players who had been caught up in the political move, the account […]

Interview with PPA Chairman and Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato

Jennifer Newell | July 9, 2009

For the second year in a row, Poker Players Alliance Chairman and former Senator Alfonse D’Amato made the trek to Las Vegas during the World Series of Poker. In 2008, his trip consisted of a daylong visit to the Rio to speak with the poker media, handle “shuffle up and deal” duties for one of […]

Rep. Barney Frank Visits WSOP, Discusses Legislation Push

Jennifer Newell | July 6, 2009

American political heavyweights are becoming familiar faces at the World Series of Poker. In 2008, former New York Senator and current PPA Chairman Alfonse D’Amato visited the WSOP with online poker supporter Rep. Robert Wexler. The 2009 Series saw Rep. Shelley Berkley accompany D’Amato for his second annual trip to the Rio. But on July […]

U.S. Online Gaming Legislation Hearings Pushed to September

Jennifer Newell | July 3, 2009

Blame it on the economy…or the banking crisis. Rep. Barney Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation Consumer Protection & Enforcement Act of 2009 will not come before the Financial Services Committee for a hearing until September, and the change in the plans is due to President Obama’s financial regulatory reform and its current precedence in the committee. […]

Interview with Shelley Berkley About National Poker Week

Jennifer Newell | June 29, 2009

It was a Monday morning like most others during the 2009 World Series of Poker, as poker players sat grinding in cash games and satellite tournaments and fans wandered the halls wondering looking at the setup of the infamous WSOP. The halls were typically sparse with people prior to the noon start time of the […]