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Joe Brennan Jr: ‘I’m Not Anti-Federal But (Federal Online Gambling) Just Not in the Cards” (Video) | Gambling911.com

Joe Brennan Jr: ‘I’m Not Anti-Federal But (Federal Online Gambling) Just Not in the Cards” (Video) | Gambling911.com | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it
Appearing on the popular Quadjacks.com radio show this week, Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association head Joe Brennan, Jr. wants everyone to know that legalizing online gambling in New Jersey is moving full steam ahead.


Brennan is an advocate for state rights, but insists he has nothing against federal legislation. He just doesn’t see it happening any time soon.


“I’m not anti-federal, but it’s just not in the cards,” Brennan told Quadjacks.com. “There is no Congressional appetite to have a vote on this right now, and there hasn’t been since 2006, when the UIGEA was introduced. The vast majority of Congressmen are either unaware or ambivalent about the issue, for a number of reasons.


“We went down the state route because that seemed to be where there was the most interest, but more importantly, you have two historical precedents regarding gambling in the United States that evolved on a state-by-state basis: casino gambling and the lotteries.”


Brennan also makes it clear he has never been a fan of the so-called “poker only” pushes we have seen over the years. His organization, IMEGA, does represent gambling firms in various sectors either already in the online gambling space or looking to enter it.


“The reason why those companies (PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, UB) were successful is because most of the liquidity was concentrated in those two or three companies. In the long term, the only way you can be successful in the poker business is if you can dominate the market in terms of share.


“If the cost of getting legal, near-universal real-money Internet poker in the U.S. means also having real-money blackjack and real-money slots and real-money bingo online, the poker community should embrace that wholeheartedly.”
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iMEGA Files Notice of Appeal Regarding Kentucky Domain Seizure

iMEGA Files Notice of Appeal Regarding Kentucky Domain Seizure | This Week in Gambling - News | Scoop.it
IMEGA has submitted a Motion of Appeal regarding the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s attempt to seize 141 Internet domain names.


The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (IMEGA) has submitted a Motion of Appeal regarding the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s attempt to seize 141 Internet domain names related to online gambling, some of which are no longer being utilized or have since been seized by the US Justice Department.


On March 8, Judge Thomas Wingate ruled that no party with adequate standing had presented themselves to contest the forfeiture order issued nearly four years ago.


Wingate granted the Commonwealth permission to seize all 141 domain names on the basis that such Web gambling sites directly targeted citizens of Kentucky and harmed that state’s own gambling enterprises, including Churchill Downs.

An Appeals Court ruled against Wingate and the matter has dragged on since that time.


The majority of sites have since switched over to the .EU and .AG extensions in light of recent ICANN policy actions.


One of the world’s largest online gambling firms, PartyGaming.com, is also named in the seizure order despite not having taken bets from Kentucky citizens during the period cited.

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