Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (01/18/08)

articles:
Top-dog Dems look the same — until you drill down (Las Vegas Sun, 01/17/08)

Clinton plays gaming card against Obama (Los Angeles Times, 01/18/08)

Retired judge betting that his poker room is legal (Arizona Republic, 01/18/08 – AZ)

Quebec casinos, unions clash over virtual Texas hold ‘em (CBC, 01/18/08)

Finland’s Gambling Investigation Explained (Gaming Intelligence Group, 01/18/08)

excerpts:

Top-dog Dems look the same — until you drill down (Las Vegas Sun, 01/17/08)
“The federal government has long considered Internet gambling illegal, though many gambling advocates say the law against it — designed to combat bookmaking activities by the mob in the 1960s — didn’t envision the Internet and applies only to sports betting. A few big companies like MGM Mirage and Harrah’s Entertainment have supported efforts to legalize Internet gambling, but the concept lacks broad support.”

Clinton plays gaming card against Obama (Los Angeles Times, 01/18/08)
“Barack Obama has warned about the dangers of gambling — that it carries a “moral and social cost” that could “devastate” poor communities. As a state senator in Illinois, he at times opposed plans to expand gambling, worrying that it could be especially harmful to low-income people. Today, those views are posing a problem for Obama in the gambling mecca of Nevada, which holds its presidential nominating caucuses Saturday.”

Retired judge betting that his poker room is legal (Arizona Republic, 01/18/08 – AZ)
“Retired cop Mike Rose chomped on an unlit stogie and took one last peek at his cards, then shoved the remainder of his poker chips toward the dealer. “All in,” he announced. Another player called the bet. Rose shook his head ruefully, turned up a losing hand and muttered, “He just caught me bluffing.” The exchange Thursday night occurred not at an Indian gaming center or a Las Vegas casino but in a Sierra Vista storefront with a sign advertising Judge Lee’s Arizona Card Room & Social Club.”

Quebec casinos, unions clash over virtual Texas hold ‘em (CBC, 01/18/08)
“Quebec casinos have begun offering a high-tech, virtual version of a popular poker game despite the conflict the game has set off between the casinos and their staff. No real cards, chips or human dealer will be found at the new Texas hold ‘em tables that opened to the public Friday in poker rooms at the Montreal, Charlevoix and Lac Leamy casinos. Instead, the tables consist of a screen the size and shape of a table and smaller touch-sensitive screens showing each player’s hand, allowing images of cards to be dealt and played.”

Finland’s Gambling Investigation Explained (Gaming Intelligence Group, 01/18/08)
“A news report this week in Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat newspaper has sent rumours of an online gaming ban flying. Gaming Intelligence Group spoke to Finland’s Ministry of Social Affairs and Health as well as the author of the white paper which sparked the news, to find out what really lies ahead for the industry in Finland. The white paper submitted by Professor Kalle Määttä from the University of Joensuu, is just one part of a much wider report commissioned by Mr. Kari Paaso, Director of Substance Abuse & Addictions at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health.”

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