Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (01/22/08)

articles:
Deadwood card room expands, buys neighboring casino (Rapid City Journal, 01/18/08 – SD)

Putting on a poker face: It’s about strategy and socializing — and winning (The Daily Herald, 01/22/08 – WA)

Net gambling fight heads to governor race (PokerListings, 01/22/08 – WA)

PPA Releases Presidential Candidate Guide (CardPlayer, 01/18/08)

World Poker Tour goes big league with stats (USA Today, 01/21/08)

Young Kansans rake in real money playing online poker (The Lawrence, 01/21/08 – KS)

Online Gambling Access Brings European Legal Skirmishes (PokerNews, 01/19/08)

Finland’s Wallin sees state-run online poker operator (STT, 01/22/08)

blogs:
Can uJogo Make Money with Free Online Poker? (GigaOm, 01/22/08)

Poker Players Alliance – What’s it for? (Life’s A Bluff, 01/20/08)

excerpts:
Deadwood card room expands, buys neighboring casino (Rapid City Journal, 01/18/08 – SD)
“Matt Ramsey got into Deadwood gambling in 2006 with the idea of creating a pure poker play. He opened the Lucky Nugget Card Room at 604 Main St. with 15 poker tables. He had no slot machines, blackjack tables, video machines or buffet tables. His idea was to tap the surging popularity of Texas hold ‘em and other poker games. It went reasonably well, Ramsey said, but “we felt we needed a casino.”

Putting on a poker face: It’s about strategy and socializing — and winning (The Daily Herald, 01/22/08 – WA)
“For Judy Vigoren, it started when she saw a sign tacked to the Oxford Saloon: “Texas Hold ‘em Played Here.” She’d played a couple of hands of the popular poker game with a work acquaintance and, as she put it, “donated lots of money to them.” But something drew her in at the Oxford — maybe the fact she didn’t have to put up any money to play. Before long, she was a regular, playing sometimes five times a week at different venues around the county. She likes socializing with other players and the mental workout, the strategy, the competition. And she likes winning.”

Net gambling fight heads to governor race (PokerListings, 01/22/08 – WA)
“The UIGEA has dominated coverage of U.S. government attempts to curb online poker and gaming in the past couple of years. But many states already had laws on the books that prohibit people from playing. The state of Washington’s laws regarding the game, punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine, are some of the most draconian. Attorney Lee Rousso is looking to change that, however.”

PPA Releases Presidential Candidate Guide (CardPlayer, 01/18/08)
“The Poker Players Alliance released a Presidential candidate guide based on voting records and moral stances of those now trying to claim their party’s nomination for President of the United States. But because there is a void of information when it comes to the candidate’s stances on gambling issues, the PPA encourages its members to contact the campaigns directly. The PPA says this will also show the campaigns that there is a group of citizens out there willing to fight for the right to gamble and play poker in their own homes.”

World Poker Tour goes big league with stats (USA Today, 01/21/08)
“If you won a World Series of Poker tournament years ago with 150 people in it, how does that compare to a WPT event with 500 people in it? This will tell you.” Lipscomb also sees poker statistics, which are available at worldpokertour.com, as another way to validate poker as a sport. For example, take aggression index. “It’s a mathematical formula at how many times you raise in certain positions with what hand,” Lipscomb said. “We all know poker is infinitely nuanced, but that’s no different than baseball. “The audience has adopted poker as a sport. But the next step is how we talk about it in sports parlance. We’re learning how to talk about this.”

Young Kansans rake in real money playing online poker (The Lawrence, 01/21/08 – KS)
Click. Cole Robinson has just entered a third game. In heads-up no-limit Texas hold ’em online poker, where a card or a bet comes every few seconds, three games at once is about all Robinson can handle when he’s feeling sharp. And today he isn’t. “Too much caffeine,” he says distractedly over a drone of rapid-fire mouse clicks. “And I kind of need to eat something.”

Online Gambling Access Brings European Legal Skirmishes (PokerNews, 01/19/08)
“A complaint to the European Union over access to the German online-gambling market, a French court decision recognizing the need for compatibility between French and European Union law, and a curious Finnish ‘think tank’ paper proposing an ultimate non-responsibility toward gambling debts as a way of short-circuiting the online market all highlighted European headlines in recent days.”

Finland’s Wallin sees state-run online poker operator (STT, 01/22/08)
“Finland’s culture and sport minister, said Tuesday that the government should run an online poker service in order to woo punters away from foreign poker sites. The minister added that if the Slot Machine Association (Ray) or Veikkaus, the state’s lottery and betting monopoly, assumed the responsibility for online poker, the resulting revenue increase could be spent to fund public services and fight gambling addiction.”

blogs:
Can uJogo Make Money with Free Online Poker? (GigaOm, 01/22/08)
“Before launching uJogo, a rewards-based poker site, its founders paid research firm TNS to conduct a study that they hoped would shed some light on the online poker market. What they learned was compelling: There are about 30 million adults who play roughly three hours of free online poker a week — in other words, there are some 5 billion person-hours a year out there, just waiting to be monetized. And even that is only a fraction of the 23 billion person-hours a year spent on casual gaming as a whole.”

Poker Players Alliance – What’s it for? (Life’s A Bluff, 01/20/08)
“I have been a member of the Poker Player’s Alliance for a long long time. My member number is 36946. There are almost a million members now. We have done quite a few comics in support of them over the years and I am directly responsible for dozens of signups. As as site I would say we are also responsible for hundreds if not thousands of new members. So I would like to think my voice matters to them. We will see.

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