Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/10/07)

articles:
Police go after poker games in which house takes cut (Star-Telegram, 12/10/07)

Bills Remain in Limbo Despite New Cosponsors (CardPlayer, 12/10/07)

US Opposition to UIGEA Grows, But Along Party Lines (Gaming Intelligence Group, 12/10/07)

Internet Gaming Forum Founders Return Home (Online Casino News, 12/10/07)

Drop the Hold ‘Em, police warn bar owners (CBC News, 12/10/07)

Senate saves the day for online gambling (Law Times, 12/10/07)

‘No to Saipan gaming bill’ (Saipan Tribune, 12/10/07)

press release:
British Government Endorses U.S. Regulation of Internet Gambling (SSIGI, 12/10/07)

PPA December Newsletter (Poker Players Alliance, 12/10/07)

excerpts:
Police go after poker games in which house takes cut (Star-Telegram, 12/10/07)
“Dan Michalski likes nothing more than to sit at a table and play Texas hold ‘em. But it’s been harder for the North Texas man to find a good game lately, because Dallas police keep raiding everything from VFW halls to underground poker games, ticketing players, arresting operators and confiscating everything from the chips to the tables.”

Bills Remain in Limbo Despite New Cosponsors (CardPlayer, 12/10/07)

“The list of members of Congress who are now co-sponsors of Barney Frank’s bill, which would essentially make online poker legal at a federal level in the United States, has grown to 44. The bill would provide for the licensing of Internet gambling facilities by the director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and would allow states to choose if they want to allow online gambling.”

US Opposition to UIGEA Grows, But Along Party Lines (Gaming Intelligence Group, 12/10/07)
“A further three congressmen have signed up to US Representative Barney Frank’s Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act, but the growing list of co-sponsors clearly demonstrates the partisan nature of the debate surrounding online gaming in the United States, with Democratic supporters outnumbering Republicans by 10 to 1.”

Internet Gaming Forum Founders Return Home (Online Casino News, 12/10/07)
“In America, the founders of a short-lived online gambling site who were extradited to another state to face charges of violating local and Federal laws have returned home on bond after surrendering to police and being arrested. The operators of Betcha.com, Nick Jenkins, Josie Imlay and Peter Abrahamsen, are back in Seattle after surrendering to police in the southern state of Louisiana earlier this week. A court date for the three to answer a felony charge of ‘illegal gambling by computer’ has been set for January 3.”

Drop the Hold ‘Em, police warn bar owners (CBC News, 12/10/07)
“The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary should find better things to do than crack down on Texas Hold ‘Em poker games in bars, an industry group says. The RNC has warned the Dooly’s pool hall franchise in Corner Brook to cease and desist with the popular games. The warning follows charges laid last year in Corner Brook against the operators of Union Street Bar & Billiards.”

Senate saves the day for online gambling (Law Times, 12/10/07)
“The so-called chamber of sleepy second thought, the Senate, stepped in at the last minute to amend an innocent-looking clause in a government “housekeeping” bill that might have inadvertently made online gambling illegal in Canada. Liberal Senator George Baker raised a red flag when the bill hit the Senate floor, saying minor amendments to modernize bookmaking laws by removing Criminal Code references to “telephone and telegraph” posed serious consequences for internet servers and home gamblers.”

‘No to Saipan gaming bill’ (Saipan Tribune, 12/10/07)
“The House-passed Saipan gaming bill is expected to face resistance in the upper house, with no less than Senate President Joseph Mendiola vowing to block the proposed legislation. In an interview yesterday, Mendiola said he and his fellow senators from Tinian are not happy with House Bill 15-322, which proposes to legalize certain forms of gambling on Saipan.”

press release:
British Government Endorses U.S. Regulation of Internet Gambling (SSIGI, 12/10/07)
“As the contentious trade dispute between Europe and the U.S. over Internet gaming industry continues, the British Government said it favored U.S. regulation of Internet gambling as opposed to prohibition. “The British Government has signaled quite clearly its support for regulation rather than prohibition of gambling by the recent implementation of the (Unlawful Internet) Gambling Act,” said Emily Bourne, private secretary of the British Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in a letter to several financial service and gambling companies.”

PPA December Newsletter (Poker Players Alliance, 12/10/07)

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