Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (02/25/08)

articles:
Poker Craze Stirs Gambling Regulators (The Hartford Courant, 02/27/08 – MN)

Poker Group’s Lobbying Raises Online Law (AP, 02/25/08)

Ohio Lottery Commission OKs online Keno for bars, restaurants (The Plain Dealer, 02/23/08 – OH)

Ireland gets hooked on gambling trend (The Sunday Business Post, 02/24/08)

blogs:
DOYLISM OF THE DAY: “The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.” (CardPlayer, 02/16/08)

posts:
PPA Hires Boston Lobbyist (PPA Foruns, 02/23/08 – MA)

excerpts:

Poker Craze Stirs Gambling Regulators (The Hartford Courant, 02/27/08 – MN)
“David Bischoff thinks he got a raw deal last year when state gambling regulators raided his bowling alley, shut down his weekly Texas Hold’em poker tournament and confiscated his cards and chips. For months afterward, the threat of criminal charges hung over Bischoff – and his card tables sat vacant – until prosecutors concluded that Minnesota’s laws against poker were too vague to enforce.”

Poker Group’s Lobbying Raises Online Law (AP, 02/25/08)
“The Poker Players Alliance spent $900,000 in 2007 to lobby the federal government on online- gambling legislation. The group, which says it represents 800,000 poker enthusiasts nationwide, lobbied on a bill that would exempt poker from a law that restricts online gambling, and for legislation that would regulate the Internet gaming industry, according to a disclosure form posted online Feb. 15 by the Senate’s public records office. The alliance spent $780,000 lobbying on those issues in the second half of 2007.”

Ohio Lottery Commission OKs online Keno for bars, restaurants (The Plain Dealer, 02/23/08 – OH)
“Keno, Ohio’s newest online lottery game that you can play every four minutes, is set to debut in bars and restaurants this summer. The Ohio Lottery Commission approved rules Friday by a 5-3 vote, with some questioning if the game is too similar to casino and slot-machine gambling that voters have repeatedly rejected and Gov. Ted Strickland has renounced.”

Ireland gets hooked on gambling trend (The Sunday Business Post, 02/24/08)
“Private members’ clubs such as the Fitzwilliam Card Club are opening to meet the demand for gambling, writes Helen Boylan. Gambling in Ireland is valued at more than €3 billion a year, but Irish gambling clubs still operate in a legislative grey area. Commercial gambling is illegal under the 1931 Betting Act and the 1956 Gaming and Lotteries Act. Ireland is also the only country in the EU that has no law specifically governing casinos. Some casinos and card clubs operate within the law by imposing a members-only policy on patrons. By setting themselves up as ‘private members’ clubs’, these so-called casinos are not subject to the same rules as normal commercial entities.”

blogs:
DOYLISM OF THE DAY: “The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.” (CardPlayer, 02/16/08)
“During this poker cash game lull, I am on this race for President like stupid is on Britney Spears. I have come to the conclusion that poker players have to support Obama. We can’t possibly let McCain be our President because he supports most of George W. Bush’s views. Hillary has lots of experience but I don’t think she is ready to lead our nation. Imagine her trying to talk to the leaders of the Islamic world? I wish we could have her husband back, but we can’t. Jennifer Harman and I have emailed Obama and asked what his position is on internet gaming. Hopefully we will get a response from his camp.”

posts:
PPA Hires Boston Lobbyist (PPA Foruns, 02/23/08 – MA)
“Ths past Wedenesday, John P. and I met in Boston and met with Martin Corry, a MA licensed and registered lobbyist and retained his services. This very pro-active step is an incredible gesture by the PPA and it demonstrates how extremely serious the PPA is taking this matter.”

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