Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (02/22/08)

articles:
California Intrastate I-Poker Study Bill up for Public Comment (Interactive Gaming News, 02/21/08 – CA)


Could Internet poker return to California? (Capitol Weekly, 02/21/08 – CA)

Senate panel OKs allowing tavern wagers (Courier-Journal, 02/22/08 – IN)

Flats Charity Poker Tournaments To Be Held Year-Round (NewsNet5, 02/21/08 – OH)

Some say state gambling law is biased (Dayton Daily News, 02/21/08 – OH)

Quinnipiac Hosts Public Symposium on Casinos  (Voices, 02/20/08 – CT)

Track sites key in House debates (Courier-Journal, 02/21/08 – KY)

Jeff Haney shares a Henderson man’s idea for a new poker format: Deal card wizards the same hands and see who can play ’em best (Las Vegas Sun, 02/20/08 – NV)

Gaming Group Spends $1.7M on Lobbying (CNN Money, 02/20/08)

press release:
Poker Players Alliance State Directors Program Takes Shape (PocketFives, 02/21/08)

The National Council on Problem Gambling and the Online Poker Industry (PocketFives, 02/21/08)

excerpts:
California Intrastate I-Poker Study Bill up for Public Comment (Interactive Gaming News, 02/21/08 – CA)
“California State Assembly member Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, on Feb. 15 introduced legislation (AB 2026) that would order a study on the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act to find out whether a California-only online poker scheme could work. According to the proposal, the results of the study, which would be conducted jointly by the California Gambling Control Commission and the California Department of Justice, would have to be reported to the Assembly by June 30, 2009.”

Could Internet poker return to California? (Capitol Weekly, 02/21/08 – CA)
“In 2006, Congress effectively put a stop to the booming online poker industry. But now, a group of motivated online poker players, and Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, are looking at exploiting a loophole in the federal law that could bring online poker back to California. Levine’s bill, AB2026, would order a study on the federal law that banned Internet poker, and would explore whether a California-only online poker service might be legal. If it is, the state would be able to regulate the online games and presumably get a cut of the online action.”

Senate panel OKs allowing tavern wagers (Courier-Journal, 02/22/08 – IN)
“Indiana taverns could conduct winner-takes-all raffles and games, and offer small-stakes wagering such as pull-tabs and punch boards under legislation that cleared a Senate committee yesterday Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Meeks, R-LaGrange, said the bill provides “parity” for taverns with fraternal and social clubs that can already offer small-stakes wagering under the state’s charity gambling law.”

Flats Charity Poker Tournaments To Be Held Year-Round (NewsNet5, 02/21/08 – OH)
“Organizers of the charity poker tournaments held in the Flats will soon deal the cards year-round. For the past three years, the tournaments have been held each weekend of the summer on the west bank of the Flats. Now, the tournaments will move from a white tent on the west bank to a spot on the ground floor of the Powerhouse. The move will enable the tournament to expand from 20 weeks to 26 weeks. The four-day festivals raise money for different charities and non-profit grounds. The charities get 100 percent of the seat fees and proceeds. The players keep whatever they win.”

Some say state gambling law is biased (Dayton Daily News, 02/21/08 – OH)
“Husted supports state laws that limit gambling in Ohio. He authored legislation in 2003 to reign in bogus bingo groups, for example. But he’s puzzled why the law would permit VFWs and fraternal groups to host up to four “games of chance” events (poker, blackjack, etc.) per year while holding others, such as Catholic schools, to just two. “What we wanted to avoid with the law is creating a perpetual gambling parlor,” Husted said. “However, I would be willing to look at the consistency issue — are we treating some charities different than others.”

Quinnipiac Hosts Public Symposium on Casinos  (Voices, 02/20/08 – CT)
“Public officials, journalists, researchers and a top industry executive will assess the impact of casino gambling on New England during a public symposium, The Big Gamble: The Costs, Benefits and Coverage of Casinos, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Quinnipiac University’s Mancheski Executive Seminar Room at the Lender School of Business Center.”

Track sites key in House debates (Courier-Journal, 02/21/08 – KY)
“Gov. Steve Beshear said yesterday that he could agree to a plan that allows up to nine casinos rather than the maximum of 12 he proposed a week ago. His comments, at the midpoint of the 60-day session, came less than a week after his initial proposal and as House members have begun making their own proposals.”

Jeff Haney shares a Henderson man’s idea for a new poker format: Deal card wizards the same hands and see who can play ’em best (Las Vegas Sun, 02/20/08 – NV)
“The National Heads-Up Poker Championship at Caesars Palace has become so entrenched in the poker scene that it’s virtually certain tournament officials would not consider tinkering with the format. But if a rival organization wanted to create a new heads-up tournament to compete with the Caesars event — which will conduct its fourth annual championship Feb. 28 through March 2 — its leaders should consult with Henderson’s Phil Zajac, who has proposed a novel idea for heads-up play.”

Gaming Group Spends $1.7M on Lobbying (CNN Money, 02/20/08)
“The American Gaming Association, a trade group that represents the casino industry, spent $1.7 million in 2007 to lobby the federal government on Internet gambling legislation. The trade group, which opposes legislative proposals that would preempt state authority to regulate gambling, spent $800,000 on lobbying in the second half of the year, according to a disclosure form posted online last week by the Senate’s public records office.”

press release:
Poker Players Alliance State Directors Program Takes Shape (PocketFives, 02/21/08)
“In January, the Poker Players Alliance, the online poker industry’s main lobbying arm in Washington, D.C., sent an e-mail to its membership calling on individuals to step up and become a State Director. The newsletter, authored by PPA Chairman Alfonse D’Amato, summed up why the State Directors program was so important: “I can tell you from my own political experience that there is no more important mission for the PPA than to have a strong, vocal and coordinated grassroots effort.”

The National Council on Problem Gambling and the Online Poker Industry (PocketFives, 02/21/08)
“The National Council on Problem Gambling, according to its website, is “the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. The mission of the NCPG is to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.”

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