Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (02/20/08)

articles:
Two accused in illegal poker games in Hempfield (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 02/20/08)

GPSTS Announces Spring Schedule (PokerNews, 02/19/08)

Church and Gambling: New Bill (WCBD-TV, 02/15/08)

A Modest Proposal (Poker Player Newspaper, 02/18/08)

political communications:
Letter regarding UIGEA Regulations (Sununu and Domenici, 02/11/08)

Do Not Repeal Internet Gambling Laws: Help Fight Organized Crime in the Electronic Age (Kyl and Bachus, 02/19/08)

excerpts:

Two accused in illegal poker games in Hempfield (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 02/20/08)
“Two Westmoreland County men are accused of organizing three illegal Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournaments last year at the social club for the Fort Allen Volunteer Fire Department in Hempfield. Ronald Boggs, 60, of 123 Troy Circle, Hempfield, and James Earl Miller, 35, of 205 Oak St., New Stanton, are charged each with nine first-degree misdemeanor violations of the state’s gambling devices statute and three misdemeanor counts of conspiracy.”

GPSTS Announces Spring Schedule (PokerNews, 02/19/08)
“The Harvard-based Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society has begun to release its schedule of events for the spring semester. While a few events remain tentative and officially unannounced, the GPSTS’s already confirmed lineup shows marked growth for the society.”

Church and Gambling: New Bill (WCBD-TV, 02/15/08)
“A bill passed by a state Senate subcommittee would allow churches and other non-profit groups to raise money through gambling. The bill says state laws against gambling would not apply to non-profit organizations that organize games with cards or dice when the activity is being done for fundraising and is of “limited duration”.

A Modest Proposal (Poker Player Newspaper, 02/18/08)
“In states without licensed cardrooms, the answer will almost always determine whether it is legal to operate the game as a business. In about half the states, it would also determine whether merely playing in a commercial game is a crime. States do have the right to put restrictions on games of skill played for money. They may even be able to outlaw them completely, although there is case law holding that governments cannot discriminate by picking on only certain skill games.”

political communications:

Letter regarding UIGEA Regulations (Sununu and Domenici, 02/11/08)
“The effectiveness of any law is reliant on sound implementation. Federal regulations are intended to provide clarity and guidance for those subjected to their reach. The value of such regulations is to prevent non-compliance while minimizing wasted effort, time, and cost by those being regulated. Clear rules also promote interstate commerce by facilitating uniform enforcement. In this spirit, your agencies have an opportunity to provide additional guidance in the implementation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of2006 (UIGEA).”

Do Not Repeal Internet Gambling Laws: Help Fight Organized Crime in the Electronic Age (Kyl and Bachus, 02/19/08)
“We have attached an article from the February 8th edition of the Financial Times that we thought you might find of interest. The article cites statements by law enforcement officials that “offshore Internet gambling played a vital role in supporting the criminal enterprises of the Gambino family.” The article goes on to describe the case against the Gambinos as “just one of a number of recent prosecutions that have connected the world of organized crime with online gambling.”

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