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

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articles:

Tomorrow is Cutoff for UIGEA Public Comments (CardPlayer, 12/11/07)

IGREA Co-Sponsors Now at 45 as Internet Gambling WTO Deadline Approaches (Casino Gambling Web, 12/12/07)

Antigua eyes big win against U.S. in gambling case (Guardian, 12/10/07)

Gambrills Elks club reprimanded for poker game (HometownAnnapolis, 12/12/07)

Mill Creek bar owner accused of illegal poker (The Daily Herald, 12/12/07)

High Stakes for Poker as a Learning Tool (NY Times, 12/12/07)

Poker proves popular at Wheeling casino (Charleston Daily Mail, 12/11/07)

Developers Want To Build Casino In Clinton County (WHIOTV, 12/10/07)

Branson/Lakes chamber says no to gambling (Springfield Business Journal, 12/10/07)

Springfield to consider doubling legalized gambling in Illinois (Chicago Sun Times, 12/10/07)

NTRA to tackle taxes on gambling winnings (Thoroughbred Times, 12/06/07)

High stakes in online poker regulation (Guardian, 12/12/07)

Legality of poker a matter of opinion, says lawyer (The Western Star, 12/11/07)

media:
Gaming Expansion Could Have Large Social Costs (CBS2Chicago, 12/10/07)

excerpts:

Tomorrow is Cutoff for UIGEA Public Comments (CardPlayer, 12/11/07)
“Wednesday, Dec. 12, is the last chance for Americans to submit comments to government agencies about the proposed regulations that will be used to enforce the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). The regulations were made public the first week of October, a few weeks short of the year anniversary when the UIGEA was signed into law by the president. The next step will have officials in the Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board read over the comments and possibly revise the rules. This could take up to half a year.”

IGREA Co-Sponsors Now at 45 as Internet Gambling WTO Deadline Approaches (Casino Gambling Web, 12/12/07)
“Two days prior to the expected release of sanctions that will be decided by an arbitration committee of the WTO regarding the claim of Antigua & Barbuda in the case of cross-border trade in services for recreational gambling against the U.S., Rep. Ellen O. Taucher [CA-10], signed on to Rep. Barney Frank’s IGREA (H.R.2046) to become the 45th representative to do so.”

Antigua eyes big win against U.S. in gambling case (Guardian, 12/10/07)
“Antigua and Barbuda expects to receive a big damage award from the World Trade Organization in a long-running Internet gambling dispute with the United States, a lawyer for the Caribbean nation said on Monday. “We feel pretty confident about our case, to be honest. We really feel like we have the upper hand here,” Mark Mendel, a private attorney representing Antigua, told Reuters ahead of an expected ruling by a WTO arbitration panel on Friday.”

Gambrills Elks club reprimanded for poker game (HometownAnnapolis, 12/12/07)
“The Gambrills Elks Lodge busted by police for an illegal low-stakes poker game was reprimanded last night for violating its liquor license, but the club faces no other sanctions.
“All the fraternal lodges that I know are good neighbors to the community,” said Thomas E. Riggins of the county Board of License Commissioners, the agency that oversees the club’s license and could have revoked it.”

Mill Creek bar owner accused of illegal poker (The Daily Herald, 12/12/07)
“They called his bluff and forced him to fold. Special agents from the state gambling commission arrested the owner of a Mill Creek restaurant Monday night, accusing him of holding an illegal game of Texas Hold ‘em poker. The owner of Jet Bar and Grill in Mill Creek, an Edmonds man, 31, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of operating gambling activity without a license, a felony.”

High Stakes for Poker as a Learning Tool (NY Times, 12/12/07)
“Not so long ago, poker was just a game. A few years back it emerged as a fad. Then, largely because of television, it morphed into a national phenomenon, if not an industry. Is it any wonder, then, that some are aiming to turn it into a higher cause? A Harvard Law School professor and a group of his students formed an organization this fall — the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society — dedicated to demonstrating that poker has educational benefits.”

Poker proves popular at Wheeling casino (Charleston Daily Mail, 12/11/07)
“The sound of poker chips — it’s like the constant chirping of crickets. Saunter down into the new poker room at Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center, close your eyes and that’s all you’ll hear. Dozens of poker chips scuffing against one another simultaneously. Gathered around 20 tables are mostly men in sweatshirts and baseball caps looking intently at the cards they’ve been dealt. Some players are a bit more reserved at their table, nibbling on hot dogs and sipping sodas.”

Developers Want To Build Casino In Clinton County (WHIOTV, 12/10/07)
“Developers who want to build a $600 million dollar casino in Clinton County, said the project could generate a lot of money for two local counties. The Web site myohionow.com wants to build the casino resort on 94 acres in Clinton County. It would employ around 5, 000 people.”

Branson/Lakes chamber says no to gambling (Springfield Business Journal, 12/10/07)
“The Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors has unanimously voted to reaffirm its opposition to gambling in the Branson area. “Because of the nature of the area and the number of people who visit here, gambling interests will always have us as a potential target, and we want to remind those interests of our opposition,” chamber President Ross Summers said in a news release.”

Springfield to consider doubling legalized gambling in Illinois (Chicago Sun Times, 12/10/07)
“Another proposal to double the amount of legalized gambling in Illinois is set to be considered in Springfield next week, with proponents predicting it would generate more than $1 billion a year to help mass transit, schools and roads. That money, state Reps. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) and Robert Molaro (D-Chicago) said, could be used to break the logjam over additional annual funding for the CTA, Metra and Pace. It also could provide the borrowing power to finance a $20 billion-plus statewide capital construction program for infrastructure projects, they said.”

NTRA to tackle taxes on gambling winnings (Thoroughbred Times, 12/06/07)
“The NTRA hopes to piggyback off the Poker Players Alliance, which has taken similar positions regarding tournament winnings, arguing for less tax up front because removing money from the pool affects churn. “The automatic withholding reduces the liquidity of our player’s cash flow,” Hendershot said. The NTRA Horse PAC helps fund legislative efforts, and NTRA Chief Executive Alex Waldrop said that the NTRA’s political action committee is the largest gaming PAC in the United States. Hendershot said that the PAC needs to raise about $1-million per two-year cycle to have an impact.”

High stakes in online poker regulation (Guardian, 12/12/07)
“Bray says that thanks to tough new compliance measures in the Gambling Act 2007 – which also creates a specific offence of cheating or enabling cheating – players using sites subject to UK law can feel more confident when they play poker online. Having acted for Sheffield Wednesday FC in a landmark case that saw a UK court order the disclosure of abusive bloggers’ identities, Bray is also mindful that a means of tracking down miscreant online individuals does exist.”

Legality of poker a matter of opinion, says lawyer (The Western Star, 12/11/07)
“There is still doubt in at least one lawyer’s mind if playing poker is “criminal” here in the province. Scott Burden was the lawyer defending some of those charged following an undercover RNC bust of a Texas Hold ’em tournament in Corner Brook last year. While 20 people were charged in the incident, the bulk of the charges were withdrawn by the crown and two people received discharges after pleading guilty.”

media:
Gaming Expansion Could Have Large Social Costs (CBS2Chicago, 12/10/07)

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