Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (02/04/08)

articles:
Where Do Us Presidential Candidates Stand On Internet Gambling? (Online-Casinos, 02/02/08)

Online poker: Where do the candidates stand? (PokerListings, 02/02/08)

Former Arizona Judge May Be Charged for Poker Room (CardPlayer, 02/01/08 – AZ)

A Hundred New Poker Dealer Jobs for Florida (01/30/08, CardPlayer – FL)

State clears way for new card room (Sacramento Bee, 02/01/08 – CA)

Texas Hold ‘em poker hits Macau (International Herald Tribune, 02/01/08)

press release:
The Candidates’ Views on Online Poker (PocketFives, 02/01/08)

blog:
Politics and poker do mix (Dead Money, 02/03/08)

Canadian Poker Player folds (Canadian Magazines, 02/02/08)

excerpts:

Where Do Us Presidential Candidates Stand On Internet Gambling? (Online-Casinos, 02/02/08)
“With next week’s crunch “Super Tuesday” primary nomination voting due in an extraordinarily competitive and intense US presidential election run-up, the Poker Players’ Alliance pressure group gave players a snapshot of the attitudes toward online poker of the leading candidates. Executive Director John Pappas sent out 300 000 emails Friday addressed to PPA members resident in those states that will be voting come Tuesday to select Republican and Democrat candidates.”

Online poker: Where do the candidates stand? (PokerListings, 02/02/08)
“Ever since the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, the fate of online poker in America has been up in the air. Technically it’s still not illegal under federal law to play poker online in the United States, though some states (most notably Washington) do have laws against it. The UIGEA only made payment transfers to gambling sites illegal.”

Former Arizona Judge May Be Charged for Poker Room (CardPlayer, 02/01/08 – AZ)
“Every night Howard Lee opens his tiny store-front poker room in Sierra Vista, Arizona, he knows there’s a chance that law enforcement will come in and arrest him, but the thought of being arrested doesn’t faze him. Lee is old-fashioned, the same way the founding fathers were. He believes in freedom and the freedom to play poker. Plus, he doesn’t believe he is doing anything wrong. In fact, he looks forward to the opportunity to stand in front of a judge and jury and tell them why he believes his games are legal in Arizona.”

A Hundred New Poker Dealer Jobs for Florida (01/30/08, CardPlayer – FL)
“Jacksonville Greyhound Racing (JGR), which operates a poker room at one of its three facilities in North Florida, has hired 100 dealers to staff a new poker room that will open at its Orange Park Kennel Club. When the room opens around April 1, it will be the second room owned and operated by JGR. JGR opened its first card room at its Best Bet Facility in St. Johns County in February of 2003. Originally, 36 tables were opened, but that quickly expanded first to 40 and then to the current configuration of 44. The new room will start with 40 tables.”

State clears way for new card room (Sacramento Bee, 02/01/08 – CA)
“The state Gambling Control Commission approved a change of ownership and temporary license Thursday that will pave the way for a new card room on Auburn Boulevard, according to the applicant. Sacramento attorney James Kouretas said the owners will begin permitting processes with the city, with an eventual opening this summer of the Sacramento Grand Casino at 2052 Auburn Blvd.”

Texas Hold ‘em poker hits Macau (International Herald Tribune, 02/01/08)
“Texas Hold ‘em poker is coming to Macau. Officials in the booming southern China gambling enclave have authorized local casinos to offer the popular card game for the first time, and the territory’s leading gaming operator said Friday that it’s rolling out the game at its main property.”

press release:

The Candidates’ Views on Online Poker (PocketFives, 02/01/08)
“If you’re like me, you set the Tivo to record Lost and the Celebrity Apprentice on Thursday night and buckled down to watch the final debate between Democratic Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton before Super Tuesday. Next week will feature nearly half of the United States voting for one of the five front-running candidates.”

blog:
Politics and poker do mix (Dead Money, 02/03/08)
“With Super Tuesday on the horizon, let’s take a look at how some of the presidential candidates from both parties stand in regards to online poker.”

Canadian Poker Player folds (Canadian Magazines, 02/02/08)
“After four years of publication, Canadian Poker Player magazine has folded. It was apparently a victim of the crackdown on online gambling which resulted in advertising of gambling websites drying up. The magazine, which sold a sub for C$49.99 for 12 issues, was closed down with a terse message from its publishers.”

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