Headlines: Poker, Law and Politics (10/14/07)

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articles:
Gambling law creates headaches (News-Sentinel, 10/13/07)

N.H. poker generates millions (Concord Monitor, 10/14/07)

Some warn Mass. casino plan brings risk for college students (South Coast Today, 10/15/07)

24/7 racetrack operation OK’d (Sunday Gazette Mail, 10/12/07)

US faces US$100 billion fine for web gaming ban (iTnews, 10/12/07)

media:
Patrick files casino gambling bill (NECN, 10/11/07)

press release:
Harvard Law Launches Lecture Series on Role of Poker in the Legal World (GPSTS, 10/14/07)

Poker Players Alliance October 2007 Newsletter (Poker Players Alliance, 10/12/07)

excerpts:
Gambling law creates headaches (News-Sentinel, 10/13/07)
“Officers with the state’s newly created Gaming Control Division swooped into Kendallville this week, arresting people and confiscating cash and equipment allegedly connected to illegal gambling. But if LaShonda Wilcox’s Para- dise Billiards had simply been a bit more “charitable,” she might be counting her share of the take today – not facing up to three years in prison. The rise, fall and rising again of Fort Wayne’s Hold ’em Palace – and its imminent marriage to the Jaycees – proves it.”

N.H. poker generates millions (Concord Monitor, 10/14/07)
“On a good night, players crowd the poker room at Salem’s Rockingham Park, wagering thousands of dollars on Texas Hold ‘Em, 7-card Stud and Omaha Hi-Lo. It costs at least $20 for a seat at a table; some games require $250 to buy in. Dozens of tables spread across the space that can hold up to 85. This is the face of charitable gaming in New Hampshire. While state lawmakers debate gambling – prompted by an effort to legalize slot machines – an evening at Rockingham Park shows that millions of gambling dollars are already changing hands in New Hampshire.”

Some warn Mass. casino plan brings risk for college students (South Coast Today, 10/15/07)
“Harrah’s Entertainment pitched a proposed Rhode Island casino to college students as a place “to have fun when they’re taking a break from studying.” In Connecticut, home to two of the world’s largest resort casinos, a 21-minimum age limit doesn’t deter young people. “There is a steady flow of high school and college students that attempt to get into the casinos,” said Marvin Steinberg, head of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.”

24/7 racetrack operation OK’d (Sunday Gazette Mail, 10/12/07)
“State Racing Association President John Cavacini said Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort in Chester and Wheeling Island Racetrack and Racing Center hope to test the waters with charity table games early next week. Those test-runs would use tokens or play money instead of chips, and could help determine whether new table game employees at the tracks — as well as on-site Lottery personnel — are sufficiently trained and prepared. The charity games would also let the tracks and Lottery make sure that surveillance cameras and other security measures work properly.”

US faces US$100 billion fine for web gaming ban (iTnews, 10/12/07)
“A Brussels think-tank has accused the US government of reneging on commitments made to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over internet gaming. Panellists at a trade forum levelled harsh criticism at the US, focusing on a burgeoning trade clash between the US and Europe over internet gaming. The forum believes that the US could be liable for up to US$100 billion in trade concessions to European industries after placing illegal discriminatory trade restrictions on European gaming operators.”

media:
Patrick files casino gambling bill (NECN, 10/11/07)
“Supporters of Gov. Patrick’s plan to bring three resort style casinos to Massachusetts. The Democratic governor’s plan to generate revenue with the three casinos is opposed by House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi, who has said he’s skeptical of the ‘casino culture’”

press release:
Harvard Law Launches Lecture Series on Role of Poker in the Legal World (GPSTS, 10/14/07)
“Harvard Law School’s new student-led Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS) and a leading Harvard professor have scheduled a series of lectures and conferences to examine the role of poker in the law and education. The lectures, open to the media and to take place at 5 p.m. in Room 102 of Hauser Hall on the law school campus at 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, will begin on Monday (October 15) and continue for the remainder of the Fall Semester.”

Poker Players Alliance October 2007 Newsletter (Poker Players Alliance, 10/12/07) 

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