Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (01/14/08)

articles:
Cops shut down poker party (The Daily Journal, 01/14/08 – CA)

Underground Poker: The Hand that Feeds You (Rumbo, 01/08 – TX)

Disappointing WTO Decision in Antigua vs. US Online Gaming Case (Poker Player Newspaper, 01/09/08)

Opinion: Gambling Community Leaning to the Democrats: Part I (MajorWager, 01/12/08)

Opinion: Gambling Community Leaning to the Democrats: Part II (MajorWager, 01/13/08)

Denmark Reverses Poker Ruling- What Was Skill is Now Chance (PokerPages, 01/09/08)

press release:
Join our State Director Program (Poker Players Alliance, 01/08/08)

The Leading Presidential Candidates’ Records on Poker (Poker Players Alliance, 01/12/08)

2007 Poker Year in Review (PocketFives, 01/10/08)

A New Year, A New Strategy for the PPA (PocketFives, 01/05/08)

iMEGA Legal Decision Still Up in the Air (PocketFives, 01/03/08)

WTO Rulings Set a Dangerous Precedent (PocketFives, 01/03/08)

Obama’s Win In Iowa Gives Online Poker Industry Hope (IGaming, 01/08/08)

excerpts:
Cops shut down poker party (The Daily Journal, 01/14/08 – CA)
“Two people were arrested and a 13-year-old was referred to Child Protective Services after undercover officers determined a San Mateo house was holding illegal Saturday night poker games. Cutberto Cardenas, 42, of San Mateo is facing two misdemeanor charges for fraudulently obtaining money under false pretenses and for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Patricia McCoy, 47, of Hillsborough, is facing one misdemeanor charge for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the Sheriff’s Office.”

Underground Poker: The Hand that Feeds You (Rumbo, 01/08 – TX)
“The phenomenon of underground gambling houses cropping up in private homes and small shopping centers in Houston is in vogue and increasingly attracts more people. Police say they don’t know how many of these illegal gambling houses exist and aren’t sure how to deal with the growing illegal industry. Marc Brown, an official at the District Attorney’s misdemeanors division, says it’s not illegal to play poker for money in a house as long as the winner takes all the earnings and there is no entrance fee to get in the game.”

Disappointing WTO Decision in Antigua vs. US Online Gaming Case (Poker Player Newspaper, 01/09/08)
“On December 21 a World Trade Organization (WTO) arbitration panel ruled that Antigua is entitled to $21 million a year from the United States. This is a far cry from the $3.4 billion that Antigua sought in its claim against the US regarding online gaming. The WTO’s ruling took into account only money Antigua lost through online horse-racing wagers, and chose not to account for all online wagering that takes place in the US. Instead, it only awarded Antigua compensation from online wagers that are taxed and regulated.”

Opinion: Gambling Community Leaning to the Democrats: Part I (MajorWager, 01/12/08)
“Without question, many Americans are feeling just that way. The current list of candidates do not exude excitement from the public, and following the disastrous two terms of George W. Bush, many are skeptical about politics in general. This feeling is especially true among those in the gambling community. For this article I spoke to more than 30 people involved in all aspects of gambling, both online and land-based. I conversed with bookmakers, poker site CEOs, gambling lobby groups, gambling watchdog site owners, gambling magazine and newspaper publicists, lawyers representing gambling companies, gambling prognosticators and one high level individual for a land-based Nevada casino that someday hopes to be able to operate online.”

Opinion: Gambling Community Leaning to the Democrats: Part II (MajorWager, 01/13/08)
“The second issue which was stated to me as being of critical importance is the candidate’s belief in living up to promises and treaties. This issue seemed to come out of the current government’s decision to ignore WTO rulings against the country and instead rewrite commitments it made to allow other countries to provide gambling services to America. To many of those in the industry, the U.S.’s tactics in regards to Antigua was nothing less than deplorable. Many also acknowledged that the issue isn’t over.”

Denmark Reverses Poker Ruling- What Was Skill is Now Chance (PokerPages, 01/09/08)
“The eastern division of the Danish High Court ruled late December that tournament poker is a game of chance, overturning a previous lower district court ruling that determined it is a game of skill and therefore not subject to Denmark’s gambling laws. The decision is a setback for the Danish Poker Association and Association President Frederik Hostrup, who now find their activities in breach of the Danish Criminal Code.”

press release:

Join our State Director Program (Poker Players Alliance, 01/08/08)
“2008 will be a critical year for poker. The success and momentum we built together in 2007 must continue into a more vocal and mobilized grassroots efforts this year. We cannot move forward without broad support and active involvement from our members. With that in mind, I am pleased to extend to you an invitation to become a State Director for the Poker Players Alliance.”

The Leading Presidential Candidates’ Records on Poker (Poker Players Alliance, 01/12/08)
“Purely as an informational service, we are providing PPA members with information on the records of the leading presidential primary candidates. Bear in mind that we can not make an educated judgment solely from candidates’ votes on the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA), 1) because there were many other issues involved in its last-minute passage through the Congress, and 2) some of the candidates were not in Congress when it passed.”

2007 Poker Year in Review (PocketFives, 01/10/08)
“What an incredible up and down ride it’s been for the online poker community in 2007. With questions surrounding the legal future of the game in the United States to a massive turnout at the World Series of Poker, 2007 demonstrated more than ever that it’s important to stay in the know. Let’s look back at some of the events which shaped a year gone by for online poker.”

A New Year, A New Strategy for the PPA (PocketFives, 01/05/08)
“The Poker Players Alliance has caught fire in recent months. Heading into 2008, its membership stands at a shade under 900,000. That means the equivalent of one in every 300 Americans is a PPA member. Not bad for a lobbying group that is still unpacking boxes in the nation’s capital. In case you’ve hid under a rock lately, 2008 is an election year. That means an emphasis on elections and, with caucuses already underway, the PPA has developed a targeted strategy for the New Year.”

iMEGA Legal Decision Still Up in the Air (PocketFives, 01/03/08)
“Back on September 26, the Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association made its case to U.S. District Judge Mary Cooper as to why the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act should be declared unconstitutional. A preliminary decision on whether iMEGA had legal standing to file a suit as well as a possible preliminary injunction against the regulations of the UIGEA could have been handed down by the end of October. Flash forward to January, 2008. In the New Year, iMEGA President Edward Leyden is still waiting for a preliminary ruling.”

WTO Rulings Set a Dangerous Precedent (PocketFives, 01/03/08)
“In the waning hours of the 2006 Congressional session, Congress passed the Safe Port Act, designed to “improve maritime and cargo security through enhanced layered defenses,” according to the U.S. House website. With passage of the Safe Port Act came a very important rider: The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Congress was clueless as to the bombshell it was about to drop on the rest of the globe.”

Obama’s Win In Iowa Gives Online Poker Industry Hope (IGaming, 01/08/08)
“Presidential candidate Barack Obama won the caucus in the state of Iowa on Thursday, taking his first big step towards becoming the 44th President of the United States. A first-term US Senator from Illinois, Obama is a fan of poker and the win has given hope to those who want prohibitions on online poker lifted. His camp has even admitted that the 46-year-old Democrat took part in games while a member of the Illinois State Senate.”

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