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iMEGA Wins Online Gambling Case Against US DoJ and UIGEA

The long awaited outcome of the case The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) brought against the United States Department of Justice has finally been released by residing Judge Mary L. Cooper. The ruling declared iMEGA’s standing as legitimate and threw out the United States’ claim that iMEGA should have no legal standing.

iMEGA claimed in the suit that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), a Bill snuck on to a must pass Port Security Bill by then Senator Bill Frist in the final moments of the 2006 senate sessions, infringes on the rights and freedoms of iMEGA’s many clients. The US claimed that iMEGA’s clients have not yet been harmed in any way by the UIGEA, and contended therefore that iMEGA had no grounds to bring this case to court. Judge Cooper ruled that iMEGA’s clients may possibly be harmed by the UIGEA and thus they do have legal standing to challenge the new law.

According to iMEGA’s lead council, Eric M. Bernstein, Esq., the ruling by Judge Cooper also upholds the idea that certain online gambling activity is only illegal in states that specifically declare it so.

“Judge Cooper’s ruling holds that, even with the passage of UIGEA, online gambling is only illegal in states where a statute specifically says it is,” Bernstein said.

Further explanation of the ruling came from the chairman of Imega. The ruling, however, was not all good news for iMEGA as their claims that the UIGEA violated their clients’ free speech rights were regarded as not true, according the Judge.

“The acceptance of a financial transfer is not speech,” Judge Cooper wrote in her ruling. “As the UIGEA does not impact expression, it does not come within the purview of the First Amendment.”

iMEGA plans on appealing that portion of the ruling.

“We believe Judge Cooper missed the opportunity to affirm Americans online privacy rights and we plan to appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals,” Bernstein said.

The Judge also ruled against iMEGA on their claims that the UIGEA violates WTO rules, and that the UIGEA violates ex post facto statutes. The ex post facto argument by iMEGA states that the UIGEA can harm its members by charging them with crimes prior to the law passing, but the Judge ruled that the UIGEA does not demand retroactive implementation.

iMEGA also sued the DoJ over the UIGEA claiming that it …

iMEGA Suit to Repeal UIGEA Unchanged After Gonzales Resigns

On June 5, 2007 a little known not-for-profit group named iMEGA filed a complaint against Alberto Gonzales at the Department of Justice meant to repeal the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). A court date was immediately given to iMEGA for August 17, but at the last moment the defense asked for an extension and the new date for the initial hearing was postponed until September 4.

So the gambling industry patiently began their wait.

Then, early Monday morning Alberto Gonzales unexpectedly resigned and the industry was left questioning what would happen to the iMEGA suit against him.

We were interested to know what would happen too so we contacted iMEGA and they let us know that absolutely nothing was going to change or stop this suit.

“There will be no change to our complaint versus UIGEA with Mr. Gonzales’ resignation,” a representative told us yesterday.

The rep from iMEGA also explained that the suit only mentions Alberto Gonzales’ name because an actual name has to be mentioned in a complaint as a matter of practice. He also emphasized that Alberto Gonzales is not personally targeted in this suit, but rather the real defendants are – the US Department of Justice (US DoJ), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

“Gonzales’ name was mentioned in the suit merely because a name had to be mentioned, you can’t file a suit ‘XXX v. The United States’, for instance,” the rep said.

The September 4 court date is originally when the hearing was to begin, but the defendant’s attorneys are expected to ask for an extension at that time. They are, however, due to respond to the iMEGA complaint on that day in court.…

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Casino games are the most common source of gambling entertainment. For most gamblers, playing casino games can be both fun and profitable. But admittedly majority of gamblers plays casino games with the main motive of winning a profit.

There are several types of casino games that gamblers can play. They all vary from the type of entertainment it provides. Some also offer varied house edge percentage while they also differ in terms of their payout percentages.

It is of primary importance to select the type of casino game to play which can offer a more profitable benefit to a gambler. There are several kinds of casino games but the most important consideration is to check the house advantage on each.

Casino games having the lowest house advantage provide a player better profit opportunity to gain. One of the casino games that offer a profitable opportunity is blackjack. It is considered to be the casino game with the lowest house advantage.

An established house advantage in blackjack is 2% down to half percent when being played with a perfect strategy. Card counters are effective strategy employed by blackjack players which allow them to gain better profit through an advantage play.

Poker also provides better profitable opportunity to casino players being a casino table game of skills. The poker players compete against each other to win the pot and not against the casino. Hence the player with the best wits and game strategy wins. Poker players need to study the in and out of poker in order to have a fair chance of winning against professional poker players.

The casino game of video poker also provides equal profitable opportunity to its players as table poker. The player only will play against the computer software with the additional benefits of playing for additional bonus plays and other interesting features that can win a player additional profits.

Although it came as a surprise to find roulette as a casino game that offers profitable opportunity to gamblers, it does have a potential to give casino gamblers better chance to win by finding a biased roulette wheel. Biased roulette wheels can give its players a tell tale sign which number will likely come up.

Casino game tournaments can also be a good venue for a profitable casino gambling experience because of the dominant presence of newbie casino players especially in freeroll tournaments.

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Chance and disagreement in the game

Luck seems to be a – and abused – of the most used word in the English dictionary. When players lose, they blame him on bad luck. But when they win, they claim to play gods and garbage to place them on luck. In case you count on the chance to win at the casinos?

Whether you believe in luck or not, it does not really matter because luck is something you can not change consciously or stubbornly. Luck comes to you at the least time. Many players certify that wishing good luck does not always guarantee a win, because good luck is as elusive as that expected jackpot jackpot.

Mathematics has a fascinating way of explaining the existence of good and bad luck. Mathematicians call it “disagree. For example, out of 100 flips of the coin, 50 flip will turn out to be heads and 50 will give tails. Disagreement dictates that in a given number of flicks (10 flicks for example), the amount of heads against tails will not necessarily be equal. So for any 10 flicks, the result could be 7 heads and 3 tails. This is called positive disagreement.

Due to the positive disagreement, players have a chance to win in any game of chance, provided they hit the periods of positive disagreement. In the end, the odds will equalize so the player will lose the money because of the house edge. But if you play short term, you can make a nice profit from the game.

Nobody knows for sure when the positive disagreement will be in your favor, so it will be a matter of timing and being at the right place at the right time. If you hit the periods of positive disagreement, you will win and you can consider yourself lucky!

Games that require the chance to win like roulette and slots are perfect examples of the use of positive disagreement. You do not need any skill or strategy, just chance to win in these games. But you still keep playing in these games because you are hoping for good luck, or positive disagreement, to come to you.

If all casino games are based on pure math, no one will play because the casinos will always win because of the house edge. But because of disagreement and positive fluctuations, you may get short-term wins. However, the immobile casino will make profits because …

Casino Games What is Sic Bo

The people of ancient China were quite fond of games and gambling. Go, mah jong and keno are some of the games that originated from that part of the world. Another one is Sic Bo.

Sic Bo means “a pair of dice.” It is a very popular game played throughout Southeast Asia as well as Australia, Korea and of course the United States. The gamblers in the Philippines have nicknamed it “High Low” while some Chinese refer to it as “Big and Small.” Sic Bo found its way into American shores in the early 1900s when the first Chinese immigrants arrived.

Like Craps, the game of Sic Bo is a dice game in which players endeavor to predict what numbers would appear on each throw. But unlike Craps, Sic Bo uses three dices instead of two.

There are 216 possible combinations divided into several types. You can bet on a single number such as 4 or 8, two identical numbers such as 3-3-10 or a rare three identical numbers as in 7-7-7. The types of wagers that can be made in Sic Bo are listed on a betting board similar to that of Roulette.

There is no shooter in Sic Bo. A dice tumbler is used in a casino. Once the dice are cast, all winning combinations made by that roll are indicated by a hightlight on the table. Players who wagered on those combinations are paid out according to the Sic Bo pay table. Sic Bo payoffs range from one to even money for single number bets to 180 or 150 to 1 for all three dice to yield the same number.

Sic Bo Bets

There are many types of wagers possible in Sic Bo. To name a few:

Big Bet: A bet that the total of the roll will be 11-17. (It can’t be higher than this since a total of 18 would mean a 6-6-6 or a trio.)

Small Bet: A wager that the total of the roll will only be 4-10. Big and small bets are the most common betting choices.

Double Bet: A bet for a particular pair of numbers to roll.

Triple Bet: A wager on a particular trio of numbers to roll.

Any Triple Bet: A bet for any trio to appear.

Single Number Bet: A bet on a specific number such as 1 or 4 to appear. This is the simplest bet …

Cell Phone Ban in Casino Sports Books Coming To An End in Nevada

 

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Cell phones used to give an advantage to the sharp bettor in Nevada casino sports books. They would use the devices to relay information back and forth between casinos, to see who had the most favorable lines.

The Gaming Control Board in the state banned the use of cell phones in these sports books to stop the illegal wagering. Now, in a day and age where the cell phone has become the main form of communication by most people, the Board is considering lifting the ban.

“When the law was enacted, probably the only guys using cell phones were book makers and drug dealers. Since then, even my 12 year old has a cell phone. The whole landscape has changed dramatically,” said Chris Andrews, from Leroy’s Race and Sports Book.

The people running the sports books have also gotten much more advanced at spotting anyone engaging in illegal betting operations inside the sports books. This advancement has led to less of a need for strict rules regarding cell phones.

The people who are in charge of this issue of cell phones will be holding public workshops. Once that has been concluded, the likely plan of action will be to eliminate the ban.

Another concern with the current laws is that it is almost impossible to stop cell phones from being used. Everyone has them, and telling the everyday person who roams into a sports book they cannot use their phone is more of a hassle than it is worth.…

iMEGA Suit Against UIGEA Strongest Fight Against the US Bill

According to the iMEGA website their legal team today filed a brief in US Circuit Court in the US 3rd District (New Jersey), supporting their request for a temporary restraining order against the enforcement of the UIGEA.

According to the brief iMEGA claims that the UIGEA is unconstitutional because it violates first amendment rights of individual states.

“The UIGEA itself is so inconsistent in striking across individual state regulation, sovereign Tribal licensing and sovereign international control of Internet gambling is as to make the UIGEA violative of First Amendment rights,” the brief states. “This inconsistency is nowhere more apparent than New Jersey, which permits the transfer of funds by payment system instrument by computer for the purpose of gambling, without reference to the location of the bet or wager.”

For those wondering who iMEGA represents, there may be some answers in the brief. “Some of its members are individuals or business entities engaged in the business of providing interactive entertainment services to individuals through use of personal computers, both with and without a fee.”

This could mean that they represent offshore gambling operations, or it could mean that they represent affiliates who reside in New Jersey, although there are no specifics stated in the briefing.

The case iMEGA brings to the court is one of the strongest forces against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The legal team for iMEGA has done quite a bit of research and believes its case is so strong that they are requesting for an immediate court date based on the strength and merit of its case.

Normally, a case is proposed and then does not see the light of day for months. But iMEGA claims that the UIGEA is so unconstitional and so damaging to those they represent that a TRO against the bill is imperative.…

Catawba Tribe Loses Supreme Court Poker Battle in South Carolina

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Most Indian tribes are not regulated by state laws and are usually governed by themselves, this is not the case, however, for the Catawba Indian Tribe in South Carolina.

In 1993, a land settlement was reached over 144,000 acres of land that the tribe had argued was illegally taken from them in an 1840 treaty. The Indian tribe was awarded its land, or at least 630 acres of it, along with $50 million and having its rights as a nation restored.

Along with that, the tribe felt that since they were no longer bound by the laws of South Carolina that they would have no problem putting video poker machines on their reservations.

They were wrong, and after being told the machines would not be allowed, they brought the matter to the Supreme Court. After learning of the Supreme Court’s decision, Tribe attorney Jay Bender had this shocking reaction, “At every opportunity the state has tried to trim back what it agreed to give the tribe to get the land claim settled. I guess in my cynical evaluation I have continued to believe that screwing Indians is still public policy in South Carolina.”

The state attorney did not respond to the comments immediately.

The Catawbas became the 317th recognized Indian Tribe back in 1994, and although they were disappointed about the outcome, they will push forward with their ultimate goal, which is bringing high stakes bingo to their reservation.…

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