Headlines: Poker, Law and Politics (10/11/07)

articles:
Roxbury cops try to retract guilty pleas (Star Ledger, 10/11/07)

State probation officer pleads guilty to running illegal poker operation in Gloucester County (South Jersey News, 10/10/07)

More fallout from HPD poker room bust (KHOU, 10/09/07)

‘Free poker’ vets at odds with state Despite sound reasoning, taking on gambling law not a good bet (Chicago Sun-Times, 10/10/07)

Tracks request 24/7 gaming (The Journal, 10/11/07)

UMass seeks shutdown of gambling Web site (Boston Herald, 10/09/07)

Chuck Blount — On Poker: Bet that online community finds ways to play (Express-News, 10/10/07)

Obama Wanted for Poker Players Alliance Washington Fly-In (Gambling911, 10/09/07)

888 profits soar despite US ban (The Telegraph, 10/09/07)

Police Blotter (The Herald News, 10/11/07)

blogs:
America plays poker with the WTO (Globalisation Institute, 10/11/07)

excerpts:

Roxbury cops try to retract guilty pleas (Star Ledger, 10/11/07)
“Two suspended Roxbury police officers who last month admitted running a gambling operation are looking to withdraw their guilty pleas and go to trial. Sgt. Richard Winstock and Officer Thomas Juskus hired new at torneys, and Winstock asked a judge to postpone his sentencing of up to a year in jail, which was scheduled for tomorrow. Winstock, Juskus and four oth ers involved in the 5th Street Club in Dover accepted plea deals last month to end the high-profile case that began with a dramatic night raid of the club 2 1/2 years ago.”

State probation officer pleads guilty to running illegal poker operation in Gloucester County (South Jersey News, 10/10/07)
“A New Jersey Probation Officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to running an illegal poker gambling operation in Gloucester County, U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie announced. Gordon Ernst, Jr., 33, of Mount Laurel Township, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to a one-count Information. Judge Rodriguez released the defendant on a $25,000 bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for Jan. 14.”

More fallout from HPD poker room bust (KHOU, 10/09/07)
“The district attorneys office has now charged 14 of those arrested with engaging in organized crime, which is a felony offense. Those charged were allegedly dealers, game runners and waiters or waitresses at the club where the bust took place. Court records Monday indicated that some of them are still being held without bond because they have felony records.”

‘Free poker’ vets at odds with state Despite sound reasoning, taking on gambling law not a good bet (Chicago Sun-Times, 10/10/07)
“Up until a few weeks ago, Don Signore spent several nights a week playing Texas Hold ‘Em poker in a league that rotates among south suburban bars and restaurants. The poker league was a nice social outlet for Signore, 44, helping him get back in circulation after his wife died two years ago. Signore never lost any money during the games. He never even wagered any.”

Tracks request 24/7 gaming (The Journal, 10/11/07)
“Round-the-clock poker, blackjack or slot operations could soon be an option at West Virginia’s racetracks if the state Lottery Commission agrees to the request. Tracks in West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle want the ability to operate 24/7 as a hedge against competition in Pennsylvania. If the commission approves the request today, it would also apply to tracks in Kanawha and Jefferson counties, lottery spokeswoman Nancy Bulla said.”

UMass seeks shutdown of gambling Web site (Boston Herald, 10/09/07)
“A Web site promoting campus gambling and containing links to online poker sites uses the University of Massachusetts name and logo to promote itself, and school officials are demanding that it be taken down. UMasspoker.com contains the trademarked UMass-Amherst lettering and Minuteman athletic logo and depicts the Minuteman peering over stacks of cash, dice, cards and poker chips. School officials will send a cease-and-desist demand to the site’s operators.”

Chuck Blount — On Poker: Bet that online community finds ways to play (Express-News, 10/10/07)
“The poker world changed with immediacy one year ago when the U.S. Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The controversial legislation did not make it illegal for an individual to gamble online like many were led to believe, but it did make it much harder to do so. Its intention was to block all bank transfers to the operations that provided the gambling and attempt to cap the well.”

Obama Wanted for Poker Players Alliance Washington Fly-In (Gambling911, 10/09/07)
“Senator Obama is not in DC much these days,” John Pappas, Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance.  “But we are working to try to meet with someone from Senator Obama’s staff.” Obama has been on the radar of the online poker community ever since it was disclosed the Presidential candidate loved the game and that he quietly supported efforts to have a ban on Internet poker lifted.”

888 profits soar despite US ban (The Telegraph, 10/09/07)
“888, the Gibraltar-based online gambling firm, has shrugged off concerns over ongoing American legal action with a strong set of results for the first six months of the year. The group, which claims to be Britain’s best-known betting website, saw pre-tax profits almost triple to $19m, on net gaming revenues of $97m, up 24pc. The group was forced out of the lucrative American market in October 2006 and lost 25pc of its staff, following US Department of Justice legislation.”

Police Blotter (The Herald News, 10/11/07)
“We had to decide if it was appropriate for police officers to hold a fundraiser involving gambling, but we saw other community organizations have had success with these tournaments.” Stanley added getting a gaming license from the state is a “pretty long process.” This will be the third time the council has held a poker event. The winners will not receive cash payouts, but prizes instead.”

blogs:

America plays poker with the WTO (Globalisation Institute, 10/11/07)
The Centre for the New Europe hosted an excellent discussion here in Brussels yesterday on US protectionism of online casinos. The United States opted into a protocol on trade covering gambling at the World Trade Organization, but is now restricting trade. While US consumers may buy from a number of domestic online gambling sites such as YouBet.com, foreign firms are prevented from offering similar services. US credit cards are blocked, thanks to US Federal Law, from being used on known overseas gambling sites. And the country is ignoring a WTO ruling that it is not compliant with its obligations.

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