Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (01/17/08)

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articles:
Clearwater gambling bust (TampaBays10, 01/16/08 – FL)

County authorities defend poker bust (San Mateo County Times, 01/17/08 – CA)

Poker players are in it to win it (Reading Eagle, 01/17/08 – PA)

Turlock to card room: Ante Up (Modesto Bee, 01/17/08 – CA)

Parlor OK to join bar poker league (Berkshire Eagle, 01/17/08 – MA)

Laying their cards on the felt (Times-News Ticket, 01/17/08 – ID)

Antigua And USTR To Talk Today About Internet Gambling Issues (CasinoGamblingWeb, 01/17/08)

media:
Clearwater Gambling Bust (TampaBays10, 01/16/08 -FL)

Patrick Renews Casino Push (WCVB-TV, 01/16/08 – MA)

Twin Falls Poker League (Times-News, 01/17/08 – ID)

excerpts:

Clearwater gambling bust (TampaBays10, 01/16/08 – FL)
“Investigators say their raid turned up poker tables, decks of cards, poker chips and $20 to $30 thousand dollars in cash. Police also found 20 people inside gambling. All of them got citations and a notice to appear in court.”

County authorities defend poker bust (San Mateo County Times, 01/17/08 – CA)
“A raid on a poker operation in the San Mateo Highlands has the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office battling accusations that it overplayed its hand. Participants in the game argue it was a friendly, low-stakes affair — not the den of iniquity portrayed by authorities. After a three-month undercover investigation, 15 officers from the Sheriff’s Office and the state Department of Justice poured into the house Saturday afternoon with guns drawn.”

Poker players are in it to win it (Reading Eagle, 01/17/08 – PA)
“On just about any night at tables all throughout Berks County hundreds of people are methodically working their way toward earning millions of dollars. They are housewives and factory workers and attorneys and office workers. The cost to get in on the deal? Nothing. The means to making it happen? Poker.”

Turlock to card room: Ante Up (Modesto Bee, 01/17/08 – CA)
“A dispute over how much money an expanded Turlock Poker Room should pay City Hall raises interesting questions of taxing morality and the financial disability of local government. The poker room’s owners announced plans last spring for a 10-table, two-story, 14,000-square-foot entertainment complex at West Main Street and Broadway. City officials trumpeted the benefits the proposed 24-hour first-floor restaurant and bar could have in a downtown grappling with relevance in a big-box world.”

Parlor OK to join bar poker league (Berkshire Eagle, 01/17/08 – MA)
“The Licensing Board on Monday unanimously approved a request from a city billiards parlor to join a national poker league. World Tavern Poker, a Durham, N.C., circuit that bills itself as the “number one bar poker league in the country” is a points-based organization that includes no gambling, said Carol Donahue, the manager of Casey’s Billiards at 501 Dalton Ave. “There’s no entrance fee and no betting,” said Johnson, who had asked the board for permission to alter the establishment’s annual entertainment license so it could join the league. She said participants accumulate points and can go online to see where they are ranked in the league standings.”

Laying their cards on the felt (Times-News Ticket, 01/17/08 – ID)
“Jean Carr has well-coiffed white hair, and her preferred beverage is orange juice. She’s also a regular player at the Twin Falls Poker League. “It’s a very entertaining game,” the Twin Falls woman said, citing the challenge of play as one of her reasons for frequenting the league’s Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournaments, held eight times a week across Magic Valley. She also appreciates the friendliness of the league’s players. “They all treat me with a lot of respect.”

Antigua And USTR To Talk Today About Internet Gambling Issues (CasinoGamblingWeb, 01/17/08)
In the first meeting between the two countries since the WTO has issued sanctions against the U.S. for violating its commitments in Trade in Services regarding the cross border trade in Internet gambling, Dr. Errol Cort, Antigua Finance Minister is set to discuss the issue with Susan Schwab, the USTR. Cort is hoping that the high level meeting today will lead to a resolution of the dispute.

media:
Clearwater Gambling Bust (TampaBays10, 01/16/08 -FL)

Patrick Renews Casino Push (WCVB-TV, 01/16/08 – MA)

Gov. Deval Patrick, renewing a push for his casino bill, says he’s open to spreading around gambling revenues to more than just transportation and property tax relief.

Twin Falls Poker League (Times-News, 01/17/08 – ID)

People play poker for the fun and the challenge.

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