Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (02/14/08)

articles:
Hallowed be thy raise: SC lawmakers to debate church poker (The Sun News, 02/14/08 – SC)

Majoring in poker (Boston Globe, 02/13/08 – NH)

Poker Raids not a Bluff (Winnipeg Sun, 02/14/08)

U.S., racing industry losing big money to offshore wagering (ESPN, 02/13/08)

Judges rule that poker is a game of chance (Swiss-Press, 02/12/08)

Battles Over Online Poker in Europe Intensify (CardPlayer, 02/13/08)

media:
Friday, February 8, 2008 (The Mike Rosen Show, 02/08/08)

excerpts:

Hallowed be thy raise: SC lawmakers to debate church poker (The Sun News, 02/14/08 – SC)
“Poker may be illegal in South Carolina but state legislators are considering whether to allow the gambling – in church of all places. A Senate panel is working on a bill that would let churches and other nonprofit groups hold card games for charity. The proposal would crack a ban on dice and card games to allow an exception for fundraising.”

Majoring in poker (Boston Globe, 02/13/08 – NH)
“The last two surviving players in the inaugural New England College World Series of Poker championships, held Sunday at Rockingham Park, were a pair of 22-year-olds: Boston College student Patrick O’Donnell and University of Southern New Hampshire senior Henry Holst. Holst went all-in on the final deal, and O’Donnell called the bet, capping nearly six hours of Texas Hold ‘Em at the racetrack’s poker room.”

Poker Raids not a Bluff (Winnipeg Sun, 02/14/08)
“For more than eight months now, card players who were arrested when Winnipeg police raided three unlicensed poker games have been complaining that the whole process is a waste of time. Last week, a provincial court judge gave more legitimacy to their argument when he sentenced the very first player who pleaded guilty to absolutely nothing.”

U.S., racing industry losing big money to offshore wagering (ESPN, 02/13/08)
“Even by the local standard, which is more or less 1960s vintage Nevada, the casino at the Hotel Morazon, though busy at midday, is tiny. Slot machines line the walls, surrounding an array of table games — craps, blackjack, roulette, some others not readily recognizable to the Norte Americano. The pulse of the capital city of “The Switzerland of Central America,” though vibrant, only hints at the undercurrent of gambling.”

Judges rule that poker is a game of chance (Swiss-Press, 02/12/08)
“Poker is a game largely dependent on luck, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. Derek Kelly, the former chairman of a private poker club, had argued that it was a game of skill, meaning that he did not need a licence under the 1968 Gaming Act, which required it only for games of chance. But a jury at London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court last year found him to have breached gambling laws in a test case prosecution that has caused considerable difficulties for a number of tournament organisers.”

Battles Over Online Poker in Europe Intensify (CardPlayer, 02/13/08)
“It was never going to be easy to reconcile the interests of the 27 member states of the European Union with the goal of a single economic market, but Internal Markets Commissioner Charlie McCreevy probably never envisioned it would be this hard.”

media:
Friday, February 8, 2008 (The Mike Rosen Show, 02/08/08)
Guest: Jay Laken of pokersourceonline.com talks about the legal challanges to online poker.

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