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Harrah's Tweaks Poker Ad Policy

Gambling giant Harrah's Entertainment is changing its ad policies for the World Series of Poker, given the shift in the legal and political landscape. Specifically, it will bar advertising from all online gambling sites that still accept bets from U.S. customers. Gary Thompson, a spokesman for the WSOP, notes the company is licensed in more than a dozen jurisdictions in the United States and abroad and has to follow the guidance of federal law and state gambling regulations in conducting its business.

"In this regard, the 2007 World Series of Poker venue will not contain advertising from sties that allow access to U.S. residents nor ads from sites affiliated with those entities." However, he adds, that does not affect advertising that may be carried by media companies that cover the event, "nor does our position impact players." Indeed, a new policy will actually loosen the rules and allow players to wear apparel with logos form online gambling companies.



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