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WSOP officials ban ".net" advertising

22 February 2007

Logos and banners advertising of some dot.NET sites will no longer be allowed at the World Series of Poker, spokesperson Gary Thompson said Wednesday.

Harrah's is banning ads for dot.net sites affiliated with real-money online poker rooms that accept U.S. players – like Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. Media Web sites and player-promotional sites will still be allowed to advertise their .NET addresses.

"As a gaming company licensed in more than a dozen jurisdictions in the United States and abroad, Harrah's must follow the guidance of federal law and statement gaming regulators in conducting its business," Thompson said. "In this regard, the 2007 World Series of Poker venue will not contain advertising from dot.com sites that allow access to U.S. residents, nor ads from dot.net sites affiliated with those entities."

Unlike in 2006, Harrahs is going to allow players to wear their promotional t-shirts, hats and accessories uninhibited. This will give players a chance to sell space on their body for endorsement money and keep Harrahs' officials from having to duct tape over any controversial .COM's.

"We expect to post the 2007 WSOP rules and registration procedures on www.worldseriesofpoker.com next week that will contain a new logo policy allowing players to wear apparel with dot.net logos, as well as multiple and larger logos." Thompson said.

He added, "The details should be on our web site next week."

Thompson would not confirm rumors that the new advertising policy had nixed a deal with Full Tilt Poker for the center piece of felt on the WSOP tables.

"Harrah's has a long-standing policy of not commenting on rumors or speculation. If we do enter into any business agreement with another company, we'll make a public announcement at the appropriate time."

WSOP officials ban ".net" advertising is republished from Online.CasinoCity.com.
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Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.
Ryan McLane
Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. He applied for this job thinking it was a joke, only to find it out that it's true, people will pay you to write about poker. His favorite word is ridiculous.

After receiving his BA in History from Stonehill College in Easton, MA, he somehow ended up freelance reporting for a couple years before being deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom III with the Massachusetts National Guard. He's back now and is a strong advocate of the phrase "God Bless America."

Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news. Feature writing is his passion and there is no need to ask for his opinion, he'll probably offer it first - free of charge.