Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/23/07)

articles covering PPA DC Fly-In Event:
Poker lobby plays its hand as ‘game of skill’ (USA Today, 10/22/07)


Poker Players Fight Online Gaming Ban (Washington Post, 10/22/07)

Poker Pros Bet Big on Lobbying Congress (New York Sun, 10/23/07)

Poker Players Alliance Invades Washington, D.C. (Poker News, 10/23/07)

Online Poker Protesting May Highlight Few Shares (CRYP, GIGM, UBET) (24/7 Wall Street, 10/22/07)

media:
No online poker? Some can’t deal (MarketPlace, 10/23/07)

other articles:
Government wants its slice of the action (Casino City Times, 10/22/07)

Island Businesses Cash In On Poker (WTOV-9, 10/22/07)

C.U. Students Gamble With Rules (The Cornell Daily Sun, 10/23/07)

excerpts:
Poker lobby plays its hand as ‘game of skill’ (USA Today, 10/22/07)
“Poker might not be a sport, but it is a game of skill. That’s according to the Poker Players Alliance, which is mobilizing support this week to end federal restrictions against playing for money online. Nearly 100 of the PPA’s 809,000 members, from professionals Annie Duke and Chris Moneymaker to former U.S. Sen. Al D’Amato (R-N.Y.), will lobby legislators Tuesday and Wednesday for changes to Internet gaming bills.”

Poker Players Fight Online Gaming Ban (Washington Post, 10/22/07)
“Internet poker players are raising the stakes in Washington. Threatened by a federal law that restricts online gambling, the Poker Players Alliance, a two-year-old lobbying group that says it represents 800,000 poker enthusiasts nationwide, plans on pressing Congress this week to consider several new bills that would exempt poker from the law or regulate the gaming industry.”

Poker Pros Bet Big on Lobbying Congress (New York Sun, 10/23/07)
“Coming off a resounding defeat in Congress a year ago, the country’s top poker players are trying their hand at a time-honored Washington parlor game: lobbying. Nearly 100 leading card players are flying into the nation’s capital this week to urge lawmakers to roll back a ban on Internet gambling. They are led by Senator D’Amato, the New York lawmaker turned lobbyist who serves as chairman of the Poker Players Alliance.”

Poker Players Alliance Invades Washington, D.C. (Poker News, 10/23/07)
“The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is making new strides in the fight against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). Starting last night, and continuing over the next two days, the PPA will host a series of policy conferences and engage in citizen lobbying sessions with Members of Congress in Washington D.C.”

Online Poker Protesting May Highlight Few Shares (CRYP, GIGM, UBET) (24/7 Wall Street, 10/22/07)
“The Poker Players Alliance is petitioning Capitol Hill this week to repeal part of the ban on online gambling, or at least for online poker. The alliance apparently represents 800,000 poker enthusiasts and is looking to get poker put in the same exemptions as online horse racing, lotteries, and fantasy sports. This follows a move by Congressman Barney Frank which we covered earlier this year, and his efforts are apparently gathering more support.”

media:
No online poker? Some can’t deal (MarketPlace, 10/23/07)
A group is lobbying for Congress to legalize Internet poker, essentially reversing a ban on online gambling. Jeremy Hobson looks into whether or not it could be in the cards.

other articles:

Government wants its slice of the action (Casino City Times, 10/22/07)
“The Internal Revenue Service said Friday it will now require casinos and sponsors of poker tournaments to file paperwork when a player wins $5,000 or more. Several Las Vegas casinos operators said they already handle business in the way the IRS is requiring. Putting the rule into writing, however, ensures that all casinos, including riverboat and regional gambling halls, will report poker winnings uniformly. “It streamlines the process so that everybody across the board does things in the same way,” said Las Vegas Sands Corp. spokesman Ron Reese. “Everybody seemed to have a different threshold in place.”

Island Businesses Cash In On Poker (WTOV-9, 10/22/07)
“Managers of businesses on Wheeling Island said they felt a boost from all of the people who headed to Wheeling Island Racetrack & Gaming Center to play poker over the weekend. The Wheeling Island Convenient has a sign out front that says, “Welcome Poker Players,” and the manager said that’s exactly what they did all weekend. Employees at Gumby’s on the Island said they had a busy weekend there, as well.”

C.U. Students Gamble With Rules (The Cornell Daily Sun, 10/23/07)
“While many Cornell students gamble on campus as a leisure activity, the University Administration does not necessarily see gambling as a serious issue. Although the Cornell University Campus Code of Conduct does not mention the words “gamble” or “gambling” at all. Joshua Tabak ’09, resident advisor in Bauer Hall, explained that this does not mean gambling is legal at Cornell, but simply that it is not a major issue. “Although gambling is strictly prohibited in residential buildings, the University’s Code of Conduct does not explicitly say anything about gambling on campus,” Tabak said.”

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