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Senator Kyl's openness to accommodation helped the bill pass overwhelmingly in the Senate in 1998, where it stalled. The subsequent version introduced in 2000 was modified to answer a variety of criticisms. Most significant for our purposes, Kyl II removed the $2,500 fine and six months imprisonment that average bettors were liable for. Senator Kyl chopped this specifically "to address concerns raised by the Department of Justice," which was concerned with the difficulty of enforcement.3

According to Kyl, "the fact of the matter is, the casual bettor is never, ever prosecuted."4

Although Kyl's 1085 leaves punters alone, it threatens cyber-casinos themselves. If authorities can lay hands on the owners, they can sentence them to four years in federal prison.

The main method of enforcing the law would be, in Senator Kyl's words, "pulling the plug." The Internet service providers (ISPs) that provide access to the net would be ordered by a judge to block certain websites.5 To be held legally responsible, an ISP must be aware of the gambling, but it would not be required to comb cyberspace for streams of gambling data. Once authorities inform them of an offending Internet address, they would have to block it. Kyl passed the Senate in late 1999. The Goodlatte bill, the House companion bill, is still under consideration.
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Time Duration of Levels
Twenty minutes per level works well for the initial rounds of single-table tournaments. In later rounds, when there are fewer players and hands call be played more quickly, I usually reduce the levels to fifteen minutes, or even ten minutes when it gets heads-up. This cuts down on the time that eliminated players must sit out and wait for the next tournament. Also, make sure you have a countdown timer on hand for the tournament.
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