Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (01/23/08)

articles:
Charity games may see more regulation (Concord Monitor, 01/22/08 – NH)

Beshear says gambling proposal coming soon (WAVE3, 01/23/08 – KY)

Updates on Lee Rousso vs. State of Washington (Poker Players Alliance, 01/22/08 – WA)

College Poker Life: The Growth of the GPSTS (Poker News, 01/23/08)

Deal ‘em in to the popular game (DurhamRegion, 01/23/08)

media:
The Great Debate Monday Night (RoundersRadio, 01/21/08)


excerpts:

Charity games may see more regulation (Concord Monitor, 01/22/08 – NH)
“With Texas Hold ‘em and other games of chance on the rise in New Hampshire, lawmakers are eyeing ways to regulate the charitable gaming industry. A host of proposals – including one that would require more of the gaming profits to go to charities – have come before a House committee. Together, the bills would shore up oversight for the lightly regulated industry and force the operators of charitable games to pay larger fees to the state.”

Beshear says gambling proposal coming soon (WAVE3, 01/23/08 – KY)
“Governor Beshear says his gambling proposal should be ready for public viewing by early next month. Beshear is pushing for a constitutional amendment legalizing casino gambling at Kentucky’s horse tracks and possibly some other locations. Beshear says the plan could bring state coffers anywhere from $400 million to $500 million.”

Updates on Lee Rousso vs. State of Washington (Poker Players Alliance, 01/22/08 – WA)
“BACK TO THE LOWER COURT.  The Court of Appeals has returned my constitutional challenge back to the lower court for more litigation over discovery issues.  The State wants me to produce a massive amount of information related to internet poker.  I think it would be sufficient to show that I was playing when the ban went into effect.  This time around, I expect the court to give a much clearer answer as to what information is actually relevant to the suit.”

College Poker Life: The Growth of the GPSTS (Poker News, 01/23/08)
“While some schools may have poker clubs, weekly poker nights, and even large, freeroll poker events, students at universities such as Harvard, Yale, UCLA, and USC have been fortunate enough to join new chapters in one of the newest societies of poker: the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society. The focus of the Society has been to bring to academia the idea of poker as a game of skill and a teacher of life lessons. For students who love the game of poker and want to improve their knowledge and skill, plus understand why poker is skill and not luck, the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society is their answer.”

Deal ‘em in to the popular game (DurhamRegion, 01/23/08)
“Ms. Spena says that although traditional card games, like euchre and bridge, still draw more players at the centre, the poker nights got so popular that instead of playing once a month they started playing every other week. “The most important part is the social interaction,” says Ms. Spena, “Instead of spending the night at home in front of the TV they are here having fun, spending time with friends.” And it’s not just a phenomenon in Clarington. The Whitby Seniors Centre has had a Texas Hold’em night since last year. Shelley Wesseling, the co-ordinator in Whitby says the program has been going really well and attracts about 20 seniors twice a month, good numbers for a new program, she says.”

media:
The Great Debate Monday Night (RoundersRadio, 01/21/08)

“Dr. Alan Schoonmaker hosts this debate with special guests John Pappas, President of the Poker Players Alliance and Preston Oade, a Lawyer versed in gaming law. They will be debating the question “Are the proposed federal poker laws good or bad for poker players?” Be sure to tune into this special report exclusively at Rounder’s Radio.”

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