Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/22/07)

articles:
Profs back online poker (Boston Herald, 10/22/07)

Poker parlors increasing; so is gambling revenue (Boston Globe, 10/21/07)

IRS pokes its nose into card games (Boston Herald, 10/20/07)

Former FBI Spycatcher Calls Poker Bluffs (Forbes, 10/22/07)

Ex-Roxbury cop gets probation (The Record, 10/22/07)

press release:
Small Town Poker Tour Event to be Largest Charity Tournament in Louisiana (STPT, 10/22/07)

excerpts:

Profs back online poker (Boston Herald, 10/22/07)
“Harvard lawyers work to overturn gaming ban. Poker players pining for a return of Internet gaming now have the law on their side. Harvard Law, that is. A pair of top Harvard Law School professors have taken up an unlikely cause – the legalization of online poker. Professor Charles Nesson has become an outspoken advocate on behalf of online poker, blasting last year’s crackdown, which banned online poker and other forms of Internet gaming in the United States.”

Poker parlors increasing; so is gambling revenue (Boston Globe, 10/21/07)
“In this the southern New Hampshire town, the former Violette’s IGA has sat empty for nearly two decades. Now, a company has won Planning Board approval to fill the space with what it calls an ideal match: a poker parlor. New Hampshire Charitable Gaming, a for-profit company, plans to host poker games in the former store six days a week, with 10 tables and space for 250 players.”

IRS pokes its nose into card games (Boston Herald, 10/20/07)
“Sponsors who meet the reporting requirement won’t need to withhold federal income tax at the end of a tournament, the agency said. If a sponsor does not report winnings, it is responsible for withholding the taxes and sending the money to the IRS, normally 25 percent of the amount subject to reporting. The IRS said poker tournament winners must provide their taxpayer identification number, usually a Social Security number, to the sponsor. If the winner fails to do so, the sponsor must withhold federal income at a rate of 28 percent.”

Former FBI Spycatcher Calls Poker Bluffs (Forbes, 10/22/07)
“As an FBI spy catcher, Joseph Navarro could identify traitors through their subtle behavioral tics – even something as simple as a squint could be a giveaway. These days, Navarro brings his investigator’s eye to the poker table, where a bite of the lip or tilt of the head can signal a straight flush or a stone bluff. Navarro shares his decoding techniques with players eager for an edge in the world of professional poker.”

Ex-Roxbury cop gets probation (The Record, 10/22/07)
“A judge sentenced former Roxbury Police Officer Richard Winstock to two years’ probation Friday for running a high-stakes poker casino out of a Dover warehouse. Judge Salem V. Ahto imposed the sentence after rejecting Winstock’s last-minute bid to stand trial. Winstock could have faced up to a year in jail, but the judge ordered him to also perform 350 hours of community service instead.”

press release:

Small Town Poker Tour Event to be Largest Charity Tournament in Louisiana (STPT, 10/22/07)
“The Small Town Poker Tour will visit the Cajun Dome Convention Center in Lafayette, Louisiana November 2 and 3 for an event that will benefit the United Way of Acadiana. “The tournament has been moved to the Cajun Dome Convention Center to accommodate the crowd, last year we had almost 700 players this year we are setting up for 1000, ” stated STPT Creator Mark Fracalossi. “The United Way of Acadiana does a remarkable job in this region and the support from the players was astonishing”, Fracalossi added.”

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/22/07)

  1. the restriction on banks in the usa on poker websites is a joke. Italy has also passed a stupid law banning access to poker sites within italy.

    some sort of conspiracy? Government doesnt ike it when they arent in on the action!

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