Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (01/28/08)

articles:
Mill Creek bar owner defends poker game (The Daily Herald, 01/28/08 – WA)

Officials wary of charity poker (The Daily Times, 01/26/08 – MD)

Aces (New Yorker, 01/28/08)

New way to play Hold’em coming to Harrah’s (PokerListings, 01/27/08)

Antiguan Minister Rejects WIPO Official’s Opinion in Online Gambling Flap (PokerNews, 01/27/08)

press release:
Charles Nesson Calls for Presidential Candidates to Play Poker in Colbert Report Appearance  (GPSTS, 01/25/08)

blogs:
Do We Want Online Poker Regulated? (Hard Boiled Poker, 01/24/08)

excerpts:
Mill Creek bar owner defends poker game (The Daily Herald, 01/28/08 – WA)
“It was a poker game: a deck of cards, a set of Costco poker chips, a $20 buy-in and a group of buddies. “This isn’t something you would think is wrong,” said Stephen Anton Dorn, 32, the owner of the Jet Bar & Grill in Mill Creek. “This is playing cards with your friends.” Snohomish County prosecutors allege the poker game, dealt around a table at Dorn’s restaurant, violated state gambling laws.”

Officials wary of charity poker (The Daily Times, 01/26/08 – MD)
“Somerset fire chiefs are hoping to get support for legislation that will allow them to host Texas hold ‘em fundraising events as a way to cover huge operating expenses and equipment costs at the county’s nine volunteer fire companies. But County Commissioners said this week they want the approval of the departments’ memberships — not just the fire chiefs — before they agree to back such a bill. “We’d be glad to support it if all the companies want it,” said Commissioner Sam Boston.”

Aces (New Yorker, 01/28/08)
“Before his recent loss in the Nevada caucus, Barack Obama took heat (from the Clinton camp and from casino executives) for his history of opposing the expansion of legal gambling. His campaign people never pointed out, in his defense, that their man considers himself to be “a pretty good poker player.” (That’s what he told an Associated Press reporter who asked him to name a hidden talent.)”

New way to play Hold’em coming to Harrah’s (PokerListings, 01/27/08)
“Soon poker players will have a new way to play Texas Hold’em at Harrah’s casinos. Progressive Gaming International Corp. received approval for its server-based World Series of Poker “Peer to Peer” Texas Hold’em game and will debut it in Harrah’s properties. Progressive Gaming Internationals’ World Series of Poker “Pear to Peer” Texas Hold’em offers many of the popular features of Internet-style poker.”

Antiguan Minister Rejects WIPO Official’s Opinion in Online Gambling Flap (PokerNews, 01/27/08)
“A debate triggered by comments made by the director of the Copyright Law Division of the World Intellectual Property Organization at least temporarily raised the question of whether Antigua and Barbuda would be able to collect on its annual $21 million World Trade Organization judgment against the US.”

press release:
Charles Nesson Calls for Presidential Candidates to Play Poker in Colbert Report Appearance  (GPSTS, 01/25/08)
“Harvard Law School Professor Charles Nesson made a special appearance as a guest on COMEDY CENTRAL’s The Colbert Report last night to talk about the virtues of poker as a teaching tool, call for legalizing poker games online, and to propose hosting a poker game for presidential candidates to test their skill and strategic acumen.”

blogs:
Do We Want Online Poker Regulated? (Hard Boiled Poker, 01/24/08)
“There was a discussion over on Rounder’s Radio earlier this week regarding the subject of regulating online poker. Dr. Alan Schoonmaker hosted the show, which apparently was labeled as an episode of “Poker Talk Beyond the Books.” (I believe Dr. Al’s show, Poker Psychology, will be resurfacing over on Rounder’s sometime in the near future.) Schoonmaker moderated a debate between John Pappas, Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance & Preston Oade, an attorney. Oade has argued a couple of cases before the Supreme Court and has also previously collaborated with Schoonmaker on some articles.”

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