Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/18/07)

articles:
Antigua taking its case before WTO (CBC, 10/17/07)

City Council backs more tables for card rooms (Union-Tribune, 10/18/07)

Today in Harrisburg (Chambersburg Public Opinion, 10/18/07)

Poker players lobby Congress for change (Dallas Morning News, 10/18/07)

Table games come to W.Va. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/18/07)

Majority in Delaware oppose more gambling (The News-Journal, 10/18/07)

The U.S. is “All In” and in Trouble: The U.S. Should Abandon Its Online Gambling Ban (Illinois Business Law Journal, 10/18/07)

Card room dealt permit to move in Paso Robles (San Luis Obispo, 10/18/07)

Police: Poker games made house a target for robbery (Daytona Beach News-Journal, 10/18/07)

Is Christine Gregoire Violating Her Own State Law? (Gambling911, 10/18/07)

press release:
DoylesRoom.com Opens its Doors to US Poker Players (Doyles Room, 10/18/07)

blogs:
Wednesday Poker Report…from Connecticut (Poker Pages, 10/17/07)

excerpts:
Antigua taking its case before WTO (CBC, 10/17/07)
“Antigua and Barbuda will on Thursday outline its case before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) arbitrators in the ongoing Internet gaming dispute with the United States. The government of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer is seeking US$3.4 billion in trade sanctions against the United States after it banned cross-border Internet gambling. On Thursday, a three-member panel of arbitrators will hear oral arguments in Geneva from both sides before making a ruling. Officials say a decision is expected on November 30.”

City Council backs more tables for card rooms (Union-Tribune, 10/18/07)
“Amid the rising popularity of poker, the Oceanside City Council voted last night in support of more card-room tables in the city. The council voted 4-1 to change the city’s gambling ordinance and to eventually increase the number of tables allowed in the city from 45 to 56. The ordinance would affect any card room in the city, but as of now it applies only to Ocean’s Eleven on Brooks Street just off Interstate 5 – Oceanside’s sole card room. It also is the only card room in North County not associated with a tribal casino.”

Today in Harrisburg (Chambersburg Public Opinion, 10/18/07)
“The House Gaming Oversight Committee will meet this morning to discuss a bill to allow nonprofit groups to hold poker tournaments as fundraisers.”

Poker players lobby Congress for change (Dallas Morning News, 10/18/07)
“More than 100 amateur poker players and several pros from across the nation are set to climb Capitol Hill next week with this message to lawmakers: Poker is not a crime. The scheduled policy conference in Washington is the work of the Poker Players Alliance, which has grown to more than 800,000 members in the year since President Bush signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act into law. Alliance chairman Alfonse D’Amato, former Republican U.S. senator from New York, will lead the way.”

Table games come to W.Va. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 10/18/07)
“The West Virginia Lottery Commission gave final approval Wednesday for both Northern Panhandle casinos to begin offering table games to gamblers. Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Resort and Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort near Chester will start table games Friday. Operators of the two casinos and racetracks, each about an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh, said last month they’ve lost nearly $22 million in gross revenue since gamblers started playing slots in Pennsylvania in June.”

Majority in Delaware oppose more gambling (The News-Journal, 10/18/07)
“Expanding casino locations or adding new weapons such as sports betting to Delaware’s gambling arsenal aren’t popular ideas with Delaware voters, a poll released on Wednesday said. In its latest PublicMind Poll, researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University found that 54 percent of Delawareans opposed more gambling locations or games, while 37 percent back the notion. Eight percent said they were undecided.”

The U.S. is “All In” and in Trouble: The U.S. Should Abandon Its Online Gambling Ban (Illinois Business Law Journal, 10/18/07)
“From gambling in the city of lights to gambling on the internet in your PJs at home, Americans love to wager their hard earned dollars on a variety of games.  Despite this fact, the U.S. Congress decided to place a ban on online gambling. [1] As a result, the United States went in front of the World Trade Organization (WTO) after Antigua complained of unfair commerce practices when it was prevented from engaging in transactions with U.S. consumers.”

Card room dealt permit to move in Paso Robles (San Luis Obispo, 10/18/07)
“When Stearns applied for permission to change the location in 2005, then-police Chief Dennis Cassidy, who is now retired, questioned the move, saying the Black Oak Drive location’s proximity to highways, motels and restaurants increased the likelihood of crime associated with the business. The card room worked with police to assuage those concerns and agreed to security measures such as hiring a uniformed guard to monitor the poker games and improving lighting and surveillance. Current police Chief Lisa Solomon said Tuesday that the card room is in compliance with the conditions requested.”

Police: Poker games made house a target for robbery (Daytona Beach News-Journal, 10/18/07)
“Police released few new details and had made no arrests Wednesday in the shooting death of a Port Orange man during a card game. But investigators do believe frequent poker games at the Mill Run Drive modular home makes it more likely its occupants were targeted for robbery Monday night, rather than the incident being a random home invasion.”

Is Christine Gregoire Violating Her Own State Law? (Gambling911, 10/18/07)
“Lee Rousso, a lawyer in Washington and a representative of the PPA filed a case against Washington on the first day of the 2007 wsop Main Event. His lawsuit claims that Washington’s ban on poker violates the constitution. He is seeking a ruling that the Online gaming ban is unnecessary and unconstitutional.  Rousso is also representing Mr. Jenkins. It appears that Jenkins may make the case that Gregoire has violated her own law by placing the “dinner” bet with Pennsylvania’s Governor.  Technically, the bet was placed across state lines and could be classified as a “violation” of Washington’s own law.”

press release:
DoylesRoom.com Opens its Doors to US Poker Players (Doyles Room, 10/18/07)
“DoylesRoom.com the online poker site endorsed by ten time World Series of Poker champion Doyle Brunson today announced its return to the U.S. market. DoylesRoom.com makes a massive move by allowing US players to once again play in its online poker room. Returning players will not be disappointed with $4,000,000 in guaranteed tournaments monthly, huge bad beat jackpots and opportunities to play Doyle and other celebrities.”

blogs:
Wednesday Poker Report…from Connecticut (Poker Pages, 10/17/07)
“I find it Interesting to find that the sixty member class is filled with middle aged men and women who want to learn and elevate their poker game. Many of them play in various home games around the country and sometimes for big stakes. The process of what people on the east coast have to go through just to enjoy a game of cards is perplexing. The poker games in New York in which many of them play are illegal underground games that at times can be dangerous. Players either have to drive for hours to a legal casino or play close to home but take the risk that their game can be raided, robbed or set up if they don’t know everyone.

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