Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/20/07)

articles:
Online gaming firms take action against US (The Times, 12/20/07)

Illegal Texas Hold ‘em parlor raided (Newsday, 12/20/07 – NY)

Bowie Elks reprimanded for illegal poker game at lodge (The Gazette, 12/20/07 – MD)

Web giants to settle gambling allegations (Los Angeles Times, 12/20/07)

Poker room at Jai-Alai advances (The Ocala Star-Banner, 12/19/07 – FL)

Financial organizations submit UIGEA views (PokerListings, 12/17/07)

Court bans poker tournaments (The Copenhagen Post, 12/20/07 – Denmark)

Probe into poker website ad on TV (New Zealand Herald, 12/20/07 – New Zealand)

Turkey Gets Tough on Online Poker Players and Internet Gamblers (PokerPages, 12/19/07 – Turkey)

press release:
E.U. Online Gambling Operators File Complaint Against U.S. for Discriminatory Practices (SSIGI, 12/20/07)

blog:

Is Being A U.S. Poker Affiliate Legal? {Poker Affiliate Programs, 12/19/07)

Poker in the Courts: More Dallas Cases Being Dismissed — but Why? (Pokerati, 12/20/07)

excerpts:

Online gaming firms take action against US (The Times, 12/20/07)
“European online gaming firms are filing a formal complaint against the United States for discrimination after their controversial exit from the US market. The companies say that the US Department of Justice has violated international trade law by kicking them out of the market and taking legal action while allowing domestic online gaming operators to continue trading.”

Illegal Texas Hold ‘em parlor raided (Newsday, 12/20/07 – NY)
“A Farmingville man who ran illegal Texas Hold ‘em poker games in the basement of his home was arrested Wednesday night after an undercover investigation, Suffolk police said. Joseph Giannino, 41, of 27 Hickory Ave. in Farmingville, was arrested at his home during a 10:30 p.m. raid by Suffolk police. Officers executed a search warrant while a game was in progress, and they seized four poker tables, three metal cases full of chips and a box containing almost 100 decks of cards.”

Bowie Elks reprimanded for illegal poker game at lodge (The Gazette, 12/20/07 – MD)
“The Bowie Elks Lodge in Gambrills received a reprimand from the Anne Arundel County Liquor Board Dec. 11 after police found lodge members playing poker in August. The board agreed to expunge the violation from the club’s record if it has no other violations for one year and if the lodge pays the administrative costs for the hearing. Lodge members were ordered to appear before the liquor board after police entered the club on an anonymous tip Aug. 13 and discovered an illegal poker game ongoing.”

Web giants to settle gambling allegations (Los Angeles Times, 12/20/07)
“Three of the world’s most-popular websites have agreed to pay a collective $31.5 million to settle allegations that they promoted illegal online gambling operations. The U.S. attorney in St. Louis announced the settlements Wednesday with Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc., which she accused of selling ads that steered U.S. Web surfers to offshore gambling websites. The Justice Department considers publishers of such gambling ads to be accessories to a crime.”

Poker room at Jai-Alai advances (The Ocala Star-Banner, 12/19/07 – FL)
“Ocala Breeders’ Sales Inc. is one step closer to cashing in on plans for a poker room at Ocala Jai-Alai in Orange Lake. Tuesday, the Marion County Commission approved an application for a card room, which state law would limit to poker, including the popular game Texas Hold’em. The County Commission approval came in a narrow 3-2 decision, with Stan McClain and Andy Kesselring voting no. There was no debate among commissioners before the vote, and no one from the public spoke in favor or against the card room. Last Friday, McClain said that, while card rooms were not a huge issue, he opposed any expansion of gambling in Florida.”

Financial organizations submit UIGEA views (PokerListings, 12/17/07)
“The Credit Union National Association and the Independent Community Bankers of America submitted comments to the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Board last week in regards to the proposed Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act regulations. While the CUNA argued that the plans should be shelved for now, the ICBA applauded the “narrow and reasonable” proposed regulations.”

Court bans poker tournaments (The Copenhagen Post, 12/20/07 – Denmark)
“Poker players and politicians are considering their next move after an Eastern High Court decision earlier this week banned private poker tournaments. Basing its decision on a 1926 ruling which found that poker is a game of chance, not a game of skill, the High Court stated that poker tournaments are a form of gambling and are permitted only in authorised casinos. It also found the former president of the Danish Poker Federation, Frederik Hostrup-Pedersen, guilty of holding illegal gambling tournaments and fined him DKK 5000.”

Probe into poker website ad on TV (New Zealand Herald, 12/20/07 – New Zealand)
“An advertisement for a poker website seen by a 9-year-old girl watching The Simpsons is being investigated by Government officials. The girl’s father, Problem Gambling Foundation chief executive John Stansfield, says the advertisement on TV3 appears to breach a law banning online gambling.”

Turkey Gets Tough on Online Poker Players and Internet Gamblers (PokerPages, 12/19/07 – Turkey)
“The Turkish daily newspaper Zaman noted in a headline story over the weekend that any ‘virtual’ poker player or gambler in Turkey caught gambling on the internet will be punishable by fines of hundreds of lira. The report says that an estimated 3,500 people who gamble online have been identified by the police, and these individuals will be fined 100 Turkey New Lira (about USD $84.25 or EUR 58.50 or GBP 41.75) for each game they played online.”

press release:
E.U. Online Gambling Operators File Complaint Against U.S. for Discriminatory Practices (SSIGI, 12/20/07)
“A formal complaint filed today by European online gambling operators for claims of discrimination and violation of international trade law by the United States should encourage U.S. lawmakers to regulate Internet gambling. Legislation introduced by Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act, would regulate Internet gambling and resolve the pending action by creating a level playing field among domestic and international operators.”

blog:
Is Being A U.S. Poker Affiliate Legal? {Poker Affiliate Programs, 12/19/07)
“This is a question that has been asked by hundreds, maybe thousands of aspiring new poker affiliates over the years. And even since the days of Planet Poker, and the explosion of the PartyPoker affiliate program in 2001, the answer still remains the same, “it depends”. Whenever I publish anything regarding laws or the “legality” of being a poker affiliate, I always like to add a disclaimer. I am not a lawyer and have no legal background. I am just a poker affiliate who has been in the industry for several years. Anything I write about this subject is solely my opinion and nothing else.”

Poker in the Courts: More Dallas Cases Being Dismissed — but Why? (Pokerati, 12/20/07)
“More Dallas poker trials moving through the courts … and sure enough, more cases being dismissed. But there seems to be more to it all than simply a DA’s not wanting to punish poker players. Wes in Dallas (Plano?), for example, wasn’t surprised that his case was dismissed … but he did find the reason for dismissal — insufficient evidence — a little peculiar considering that DPD put undercover officers in the game and the raid itself was videotaped.”

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