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27 February 2013

The state of Nevada beats New Jersey to the punch and regulated full interstate online gambling! What are the implications of this for the rest of the United States? Also, updates from New Jersey and Washington State.


Perspectives Weekly: Nevada regulates interstate poker is republished fromOnline.CasinoCity.com.

P4AC NEWS 21, Feb


21 February 2013
By Chris Sieroty

LAS VEGAS — Frank Fahrenkopf, who will step down in June after 18 years as president and CEO of the American Gaming Association (AGA), said Wednesday he believes a comprehensive federal bill legalizing online poker will be brought back to Capitol Hill this year.

Fahrenkopf expects Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, to reintroduce an Internet poker-only bill in the House. Barton has tried before but failed to garner enough support in the House to pass an online poker bill.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., were working on a bill last year, but it never materialized, much to the disappointment of Fahrenkopf and other gaming industry leaders.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if a new bill was introduced in this session,” Fahrenkopf told gaming regulators and executives during a question-and-answer session at the 2013 iGaming North America Conference at Planet Hollywood Resorts.

He said the association was “still hopeful something will get done,” but with Kyl’s retirement they are working to “find a conservative Republican from a nongaming state” to support a federal bill legalizing online poker.

When asked by Sue Schneider, founder of eGamingBrokerage.com, why the U.S. has lagged in online gaming, Fahrenkopf responded, “Puritanism.”

He said some far-right Republicans, who normally want government out of peoples’ lives, opposes any gaming for religious reasons. He said some on the far left believe people aren’t smart enough to make decisions for themselves and need government to be involved.

“It’s a strange marriage between left and right,” Fahrenkopf said.

Fahrenkopf, 73, has led the Washington-based gaming industry lobbying group since it was formed in 1995. His resignation takes effect June 30.

Despite efforts by Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey to legalize online gaming, Fahrenkopf believes a federal bill would be the best option for casinos, operators and technology companies.

He said online gaming companies had to establish consumer protections to protect the integrity of the game, implement to prevent underage gambling, and implement programs to help the 1 percent of the population that can’t gamble responsibly.

Fahrenkopf, a Reno native and former chairman of the Republican National Committee, warned that state compacts brokered to create liquidity for online states – that is, add enough players to make the venture profitable – would force Congress to block the partnerships.

“When you are talking about wagering, I wouldn’t be surprised if Congress holds hearings,” Fahrenkopf said.

He said federal approval for state deals in other industries has not been needed in recent years. But those deals didn’t involve real-money online gaming, he said.

In taped remarks to iGaming North America attendees, Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval noted that Nevada was first state to implement online poker regulations.

Sandoval said his administration would continue to push for interstate online gaming compacts. He said he expected lawmakers to pass a bill in 30 days that removes the final restrictions preventing online gambling’s full arrival.

“It’s important to pass this legislation,” the governor said.

New Jersey and Delaware are proceeding with efforts to legalize online gaming.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday he would sign an Internet gaming bill if lawmakers make the changes he wants to the legislation. Christie wants a 10-year trial period on Internet gambling and higher taxes on the casinos’ online winnings.

In Delaware, Lottery officials issued requests for proposals seeking bids from vendors to operate the state’s centralized online gaming system with the strict stipulation that it would be up and running by Sept. 30.




26 February 2013
By Aaron Todd

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into a law Tuesday a bill that makes the Garden State the third state in the U.S. to license and regulate the online gambling. Christie’s stamp of approval comes just 19 days after he conditionally vetoed similar legislation.

“This was a critical decision, and one that I did not make lightly,” Christie said in a statement. “But with the proper regulatory framework and safeguards that I insisted on including in the bill, I am confident that we are offering a responsible yet exciting option that will make Atlantic City more competitive while also bringing financial benefits to New Jersey as a whole.”

Like Delaware, New Jersey’s online casino operators will be able to offer any games that are available at brick-and-mortar casinos. Nevada expanded the scope of its online poker only regulations last week.

There was little doubt as to whether the revised legislation would pass. In his conditional veto, Christie requested changes to the tax rate (increasing it from 10 to 15 percent of gross gaming revenue), additional money for problem gambling groups and a 10-year sunset period.

Sen. Ray Lesniak, one of the bill’s most ardent supporters, indicated in earlier media reports that those changes would pass easily, and he was right. The bill passed 68-5 in the Assembly and 34-1 in the Senate. Less than an hour later, Christie signed the bill into law.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ushered in a new era in New Jersey gaming history when he signed legislation authorizing online gaming Tuesday.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ushered in a new era in New Jersey gaming history when he signed legislation authorizing online gaming Tuesday. (photo by Tim Larsen, Governor’s Office)

“New Jersey has gone ‘all in.'” said John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance. “Residents now will have access to a safe and regulated online gaming market, and the state will have a new source for revenue and job creation — something the federal government has failed to do thus far.”




Posted by Zach Shaw on Mon, Dec 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

The metal community was shocked this past weekend by the sudden death of Mike Scaccia. Initially, it was reported that the guitarist had suffered a seizure caused by strobe lights while performing with Rigor Mortis this past Saturday night (December 22). However, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office, Scaccia’s death onstage was actually caused by a heart attack brought on by heart disease.

Scaccia’s Rigor Mortis bandmate Bruce Corbitt confirmed the update via the following post on Facebook:

“Please everyone… I know there has been so many rumors and reasons that Mike passed away. This stuff about strobe lights is totally false. I wanted to wait for the official cause of death to be released. But I already knew when it happened. Here is the official word… RIP Mike Scaccia. SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH Due to: ATHEROSCLEROTIC AND HYPERTENSIVE HEART DISEASE”

Corbitt has been paying tribute to his fallen bandmate by sharing numerous anecdotes andvintage photos via his personal Facebook account. The singer also revealed plans to launch an online fundraiser and hold a tribute show in support of Scaccia’s family. Ministry mainman Al Jourgensen also shared his thoughts on the death of his longtime friend and collaborator via the following statement:

“I just lost my lil’ brother and my best friend. The 13th Planet compound is devastated, completely in shock and shattered. Mikey was not only the best guitar player in the history of music, but he was a close, close, close part of our family — and I just lost a huge chunk of my heart today. Our lives are forever changed. Life without Mikey is like orange juice without pulp — kind of bland. I have no words to express what this guy meant to me, my family, my career… everything!

Get to know his lead parts — for they are in the pantheon of music! Unfortunately, most of you didn’t get to know Mikey’s soul — which is in the pantheon of humanity. He is my hero, my friend and my idol. Mikey was always beside me — my right-hand man — through thick and thin, the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful.

Rest in peace my brother, my friend, my heart. Please pray for Mike Scaccia and Jenny, his wife and their children, and his family.”

Officials reportedly ruled Scaccia’s passing as a natural death. Scaccia was 47 years old. He is survived by his wife by Jenny Rowen Scaccia and their two daughters Sarah and Taarna.