Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (01/02/08)

articles:
Internet Gambling Ban: Why You Should Oppose It (Fox News, 12/31/07)

Table games add 1,225 jobs at 2 tracks (Charleston Daily Mail, 12/31/07 – WV)

Gamblers and the IRS – by the book (Las Vegas Sun, 12/31/07)

They put on their best poker faces for good will (Journal and Courier, 12/30/07 – IN)

Ways to play poker legally (Sentinel Reporter, 1/02/08 – PA)

Free Texas Hold ’Em poker coming to Roseburg (The News-Review, 12/30/07 – OR)

Another go at Saipan gaming (Saipan Tribune, 01/02/08)

excerpts:

Internet Gambling Ban: Why You Should Oppose It (Fox News, 12/31/07)
“This past December, the United States settled a trade dispute with Canada, Europe, and Japan over the recently enacted Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The problem is that the law carves out exemptions for some forms of gambling, such as state lotteries and domestic horse racing, while banning most other forms, most notably poker, the most popular form of online wagering.”

Table games add 1,225 jobs at 2 tracks (Charleston Daily Mail, 12/31/07 – WV)
“Two Northern Panhandle tracks have kept their word on hiring. The Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester has hired 725 employees and the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack has added 500 to the payroll. Those promised jobs were a key part of the sales pitch used to get voter approval for table games at the tracks.”

Gamblers and the IRS – by the book (Las Vegas Sun, 12/31/07)
“Here’s a year-end heart-warmer for gamblers: You really do need to pay taxes on your winnings, whether you won $10 or $1,000, and a pair of experts have come out with a book to explain it all. And no, their initials are not IRS. Las Vegas tax adviser Marissa Chien’s book, “Tax Help for Gamblers,” co-written by gambling book author Jean Scott, just might be one of the biggest revelations about gambling in years.”

They put on their best poker faces for good will (Journal and Courier, 12/30/07 – IN)
“The Tri Kappa philanthropic sorority conducted a Texas Hold’em card tournament at the Moose Family Lodge here that paid out cash to the top four players and brought in around $750 for its project fund. “If I wasn’t here I’d be playing cards somewhere else,” said Ron Haddock, who won the previous year’s tourney. “It’s a great group of guys and I like playing for charity.” Tri Kappa is a philanthropic organization based only in Indiana that supports local and statewide charity, education and cultural projects.”

Ways to play poker legally (Sentinel Reporter, 1/02/08 – PA)
“For the time being, poker tournaments are legal in Pennsylvania, and many bars and pubs are taking advantage. The state Liquor Control Board has consistently ruled that self-hosting poker tournaments with no buy-in are legal, with prizes of up to $500, as long as the tournament does not constitute “unlawful gambling.”

Free Texas Hold ’Em poker coming to Roseburg (The News-Review, 12/30/07 – OR)
“Organized Texas Hold ‘Em poker is coming to Roseburg, but don’t expect to count your money while you’re sitting at the table. This poker is free. On Jan. 6, 2008, the Riverdogs Poker League Tournament will deal its first-ever Roseburg game at the Jersey Lilly.”

Another go at Saipan gaming (Saipan Tribune, 01/02/08)
“Lawmakers are giving the Saipan gaming proposal another try, this time submitting it as a local measure. Outgoing Rep. Jesus SN. Lizama has pre-filed House Local Bill 15-78, seeking legalize certain gaming activities on Saipan. The proposed legislation is virtually identical to the bill that the Senate killed last month.”

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