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PartyCasino launch MultiPlayer Blackjack

(December, 2006)

PartyCasino have launched a new version of blackjack that allows multiple players to play on the same table, much like the popular format of their partypoker lobby the new version of the Partycasino blackjack game allows one to five blackjack players to be seated at the same table. information on PartyCasino mutilplayer blackjack.

PartyPoker Monster Freeroll Tournament is running

(September, 2006)

Partypoker have launched what is bound to be the biggest of biggest poker tournaments namely “PartyPoker Monster” the prize pool is massive and the location of the grand final has been kept secret to add to the suspense of the event. More information on Partypoker Monster Tournament.

New Edition of our Free E-book “Guide to poker bonus codes” released

(August, 2006)

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We Added Titan Poker to our list of poker bonuses

(July, 2006)

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PartyCasino announce new bonuses for Party Casino

(July, 2006)

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PartyGaming launch Partygammon (July, 2006)

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World Poker Congress (June 12, 2006)
PR Newswire

Editorial: Legalize online gambling (June 9, 2006)
Los Angeles Times

Your chance to fight legislation over the right you have to play online poker in the USA. (June 7, 2006)

The Poker Players Alliance is a group growing consisting of more than 27,000 poker players, whom are fighting this legislation and working to promote and protect the game of online poker.

The Poker Players Alliance is asking Congress to consider a rational and realistic approach to online poker that would create a regulated environment for people to play online – much like the regulations that govern traditional casinos.

The Poker Players Alliance supports regulation of the industry that ensures that the games remain safe, fair,secure and honest, and that dispute mechanisms are available. In fact, legislation has been introduced that would commission a federal study of online gaming to determine the full benefits of regulating and taxing it within in the United States.

The USA is gravely out of step with the rest of the world where governments like the United Kingdom have passed laws permitting and regulating online poker. The Poker Players Alliance is actively supporting this as a sensible alternative to prohibition and so should you!

If you haven’t done so already, strongly encourages you to become a member of the Poker Players Alliance today! With your support, they can turn back Congress’ efforts to ban online poker.

Help keep the tradition alive – both online and offline – and join the Poker Players Alliance. By joining the PPA, you can keep current on legislation on Capitol Hill, and speak out by sending an email or letter directly to your members of Congress. Together, we can tell Congress that putting the word “Internet” in front of poker should not tarnish this great American game.

Harrah’s to Unveil New World Series of Poker Bracelets (June 6, 2006)

The Big Day – the House Committee To Vote On Anti-Gaming Bill Tomorrow (May 24, 2006)

The House Judiciary Committee will begin the online poker and gaming debate, and vote on whether House Resolution 4777, better known as the Internet Gaming Prohibition Act, should be passed on for full consideration from the House of Representatives.

This bill is sponsored by Virginia Representative Bob Goodlatte, which is currently floating around Washington, DC that would be aimed to drive American citizens away from playing online poker and other games of chance on gaming sites through the blocking of transferring funds to the offshore sites.

It would also attempt to force Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the United States to remove gaming links to such poker and casino sites and would also force financial institutions to monitor the spending habits of their customers and report violations. The battle has been intense on this particular bill as one would expect.

House Resolution 4777 was passed out of the House Judiciary Sub-Committee earlier in May by a unanimous vote. Previous to this and since this passage, the voices of poker players have been vociferous to their representation in the House. In particular, one letter from a New York man to his representative points out another downside (as if it needed another) if the legislation is passed.

Ethan Ruby recently wrote a letter to his representative in the House, Rep. Jim Langevin which pointed out the effect that passage of HR 4777 would have on his life. Mr. Ruby is a disabled American who has enjoyed the benefits of the contact that not only the Internet but also online poker has provided to himself and other persons in his situation. In the passionate letter, Mr. Ruby presented several thoughts for his representative in the House to consider.

“The expansion of the Internet has truly revolutionized how people with disabilities communicate with family, friends, and others throughout the world,” Mr. Ruby states in his letter to Rep. Langevin. “I urge members of the Disability Caucus to oppose any attempts by Congress to prevent Americans from enjoying the game of poker on the Internet due to the unintended consequences it will have on the disabled community.”

Mr. Ruby’s letter goes on to demonstrate how disabled Americans can compete equally at the poker tables, allowing them to feel that they are on equal footing with healthy players. “For those who cannot easily leave their homes or go to a casino, online poker allows them to compete as equals, something that is not available in other sports.”

Mr. Ruby also expertly points out that online poker has brought more people to the live game, which has made it a very popular pastime for charitable functions. “Poker has become a popular and successful fundraising tool for people with disabilities.

Charity poker tournaments can provide a major publicity boost for issues that are crucial to the disabled but have not yet received appropriate attention,” Mr. Ruby writes. He finishes his letter with an impassioned statement that all elected officials in Washington should consider. “All of this progress may be stopped very short, and our common goals never reached, if some in Congress have their way.

Remarkably, there is an effort in Congress that would restrict people from playing poker online. This misguided effort would not only impact thousands of people with disabilities who enjoy poker online, but it would also stifle interest in the game and decrease our ability to leverage its popularity for fundraising. The true scope and detrimental impact of this prohibition is not fully understood.

The government would actually be taking action to restrict the life, liberty and happiness of an important population of our society. Indeed, this legislation would limit and prevent significant good while and fostering discrimination and prejudice.”

As the House Judiciary Committee meets on Thursday, this is the last chance for those who haven’t already to make their voices heard. The following members of the House of Representatives and the states they represent are members of the House Judiciary Committee:

Rep. Spencer Bachus (AL)

Rep. Howard Berman (CA)

Rep. Rick Boucher (VA)

Rep. Chris Cannon (UT)

Rep. Steve Chabot (OH)

Rep. Howard Coble (NC)

Rep. John Conyers (MI)

Rep. Bill Delahunt (MA)

Rep. Tom Feeney (FL)

Rep. Jeff Flake (AZ)

Rep. Randy Forbes (VA)

Rep. Trent Franks (AZ)

Rep. Elton Gallingly (CA)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX)

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (VA)

Rep. Mark Green (WI)

Rep. John Hostettler (IN)

Rep. Henry Hyde (IL)

Rep. Bob Inglis (SC)

Rep. Darrell Issa (CA)

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX)

Rep. Bill Jenkins (TN)

Rep. Ric Keller (FL)

Rep. Steve King (IA)

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA)

Rep. Dan Lungren (CA)

Rep. Marty Meehan (MA)

Rep. Jerry Nadler (NY)

Rep. Mike Pence (IN)

Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA)

Rep. Adam Schiff (CA)

Rep. Bobby Scott (VA)

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (WI)

Rep. Lamar Smith (TX)

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD)

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (FL)

Rep. Maxine Waters (CA)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (NY)

Rep. Bob Wexler (FL)

While contacting Rep. Goodlatte and Rep. Boucher (who co-sponsored the bill) may be a waste of time, the other members can all be contacted via e-mail or phone. That information can be found at

Michael Bolcerek, the president of the Poker Players Alliance, is currently in Washington performing last minute lobbying with members of the House Judiciary Committee. The Poker Players Alliance has spearheaded the drive to stop the Goodlatte resolution and poker players can help as well, as defeating HR 4777 should be paramount to all poker players in the United States.

Although the bill is basically unenforceable and possibly even unconstitutional, passage of HR 4777 starts us down a slippery slope that could lead to greater restriction of freedoms that we have in America today.

I would encourage all poker players to make their voices heard, either through many of the online form letters that are available or through personally contacting their representatives today. Perhaps with this concentrated drive, this and other legislation in Congress will be stopped before it can reach a vote in the halls of Washington, DC.

Poker Stars five billionth hand dealt (May 24, 2006)

Poker stars the online poker website have made history by being the first online poker gaming institution to have reached five billion hands.

The hand was dealt on a $.05/$.10 and all the players on the table received a bonus of $10 000 and the hand’s winner won $50 000.

Pressure put on congress by MGM & Harrahs in regard to online poker legislation (May 23, 2006)

Efforts are increasing by two of the largest gaming companies in the world in order to get Congress to consider legalizing, taxing, and regulating the massive online gaming industry.

The casino companies MGM and Harrah´s feel that it is the right time to start to apply pressure to the legislative body in congress to consider the possibility of legalizing, taxing, and regulating the already multi billion dollar online casino gaming industry. The proposed first step would be a federal study of online gaming, which is what these casino companies are pushing for.

A study into the industry would put any currently pending legislation on hold which in turn would slow down the legislative process as well as slow any momentum the current bill has gained to this point, which is scheduled to be opened for discussion by the House Judiciary Committee again tomorrow.

A study into the online gaming industry may enlighten lawmakers to the real challenges that any sort of ban regarding online gaming would present. It would also give further insight as to whether such a ban could be imposed given the anonymity of the internet and all its ongoing changes, according to Bloomberg many senators don’t think so. “It doesn’t look like you can ban it” Senator John Ensign (R-Nevada). “The argument the industry is making is, if it is being done offshore, why not bring it to the US, where it can be regulated.”

The American Gaming Association, the lobby group representing the online gaming casinos in this call for a study into the industry maintains a ‘neutral’ position on the current piece of legislation finding its way up Capitol Hill, but called the online gaming industry the “wild, wild West”, and have suggested “Why not take a hard look at it?” before enacting any form of legislation in the industry.

The AGA feels that any study conducted would show if legalization and regulation of online gaming would actually reduce the risk of fraud, and abuse – which remains one of the primary concerns of the current bill.

Any study that might lead to legalization, taxation and regulation of the online gaming industry would be grasped with open arms by to the large casino operators, who are eager to jump on the bandwagon in the relatively new online casino gaming sector were it would be legal to do so. These larger brand name companies would have a natural competitive advantage with being able to use their massive marketing muscle and funds to associate their existing brands with a similarly branded online casino.

The casino companies and the American Gaming Association certainly have a voice that is heard on Capitol Hill. Time will tell if it is loud enough to get the Federal Government to take a hard look at all of the options that are presented regarding the issue.

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