Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (02/27/08)

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articles:
Patrick Online Gambling Ban Ill-Fated, Senator Tours Canada’s Industry (State House News Service, 02/27/08)

High stakes, nudity were draws for gamblers, police say (The News Journal, 02/27/08 – DE)

Charity poker tournament plans run afoul of state law (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 02/27/08 – AK)

Police probe armed robbery of poker game (WMDT, 02/26/08 – DE)

Man Shot During High-Stakes Poker Game (WOAI, 02/26/08 – TX)

Churchill Downs Launches a Fantasy Kentucky Derby and Toes the Line of the UIGEA (RotoNation, 02/25/08)

Cooperation Urged on Racing, Gaming (The Blood-Horse, 02/25/08 – NH)

Second warning: Province wants establishments with illegal gambling to fold ‘em (The Amherst Daily News, 02/25/08)

National Football League paid lobbyist nearly $1.1 million to run offense on Capitol Hill (CNBC, 02/25/08)

Citigroup paid Avenue Solutions $240,000 in 2007 to lobby on mortgage, loan legislation (CNBC, 02/25/08)

media:
Police: Home-Based Casino Dealt In Nudity, High Stakes (NBC10, 02/26/08 – DE)

blogs:
On the Senators’ Letter Regarding UIGEA Regs (Hard Boiled Poker, 02/27/08)

Update: Politics and Poker (Poker Shrink, 02/26/08)

excerpts:
Patrick Online Gambling Ban Ill-Fated, Senator Tours Canada’s Industry (State House News Service, 02/27/08)
“While his casino bill’s overall prospects remain far from clear, Gov. Deval Patrick’s bid to criminalize online betting appears especially imperiled, with the administration treating that provision as incidental. Close observers of the upcoming gambling debate say the move to outlaw Internet gambling, with prison sentences of up to two years, could be a casualty. Administration officials concede that the ban is not central to the three-casino plan, which Patrick estimates could generate up to $450 million in annual state tax revenues.”

High stakes, nudity were draws for gamblers, police say (The News Journal, 02/27/08 – DE)
“The cars that clogged the Middletown cul-de-sac a few times a week and lingered until after dawn fit more with a city after-hours club than with a golf course community of $400,000 homes. Neighbors suspected the friendly basement poker games some had participated in had morphed into something else, but the truth was more than many could have imagined.”

Charity poker tournament plans run afoul of state law (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 02/27/08 – AK)
“A poker series slated to start next weekend has been halted before it begins. Local officials notified organizers for the series of Saturday afternoon card tournaments — planned as fundraisers for a North Pole charity — after learning they would violate state gambling laws. The poker games were scheduled to be hosted by a South Fairbanks bar and dance hall. Fairbanks Police Chief Dan Hoffman said he raised a red flag after state attorneys determined the events would violate state gaming laws.”

Police probe armed robbery of poker game (WMDT, 02/26/08 – DE)
“Delaware State Police are searching for three armed men who robbed 12 people at a Kent County poker game. It happened about 1 a.m. Friday. Police say the robbers entered the Wild Quail Country Club, tied up the poker players and covered their faces. The men took cash and portable electronic devices and were last seen leaving the Camden-Wyoming area in a car.”

Man Shot During High-Stakes Poker Game (WOAI, 02/26/08 – TX)
“Police are looking for three thieves who broke up a high-stakes poker game with gunfire overnight. The game was going on at a home in the 9000 block of Laguna Rio, on the far west side. Police say the masked men broke through the back door and fired several shots. They forced ten players up against a wall.”

Churchill Downs Launches a Fantasy Kentucky Derby and Toes the Line of the UIGEA (RotoNation, 02/25/08)
“It was only a matter of time before one of the busiest days in gambling would invade the fantasy sports world. Churchill Downs is hosting its official Fantasy Kentucky Derby game called the Road to Roses. The free game is pretty straightforward: Fantasy players create a stable of horses, jockeys and trainers. Then, stables compete in the races leading up to the Kentucky Derby, scoring points along the way. The fantasy player with the most points at the end of the Derby wins. Top prize is a trip for two to the 2009 Kentucky Derby. The game is sponsored by Quint Events.”

Cooperation Urged on Racing, Gaming (The Blood-Horse, 02/25/08 – NH)
“Rafferty cited New Hampshire poker rooms as an example of how racetracks without gaming can utilize their facilities to generate traffic and revenue. Though the New Hampshire poker rooms are classified as “charitable,” they have generated about $50 million in play in only one year. “We’re seeing tremendous synergies between poker and the racetracks,” Rafferty said. Shonette Harrison, vice president of casino marketing for Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack in Pennsylvania, said simulcast handle increased about 30% and live handle 20% when slots began operating. The company, she said, expanded its rewards program to pari-mutuel wagering.”

Second warning: Province wants establishments with illegal gambling to fold ‘em (The Amherst Daily News, 02/25/08)
“In an effort to bring illegal gambling one step closer to non-existence, RCMP members have been meeting face-to-face with licensed establishments as a second warning. Const. Dave Moore from the RCMP H Division Provincial Gaming Section confirmed on Friday that several establishments in Amherst have been visited recently and were told to cease illegal Texas Hold’em Poker games or they would be shut down.”

National Football League paid lobbyist nearly $1.1 million to run offense on Capitol Hill (CNBC, 02/25/08)
“The National Football League paid Covington & Burling LLP nearly $1.1 million in 2007 to lobby the federal government. The firm lobbied on various pieces of legislation including those dealing with steroids use, Internet gambling, and disability and retirement benefits, according to the form posted online Feb. 21 by the Senate’s public records office. The NFL spent $655,000 lobbying on those issues in the second half of 2007.”

Citigroup paid Avenue Solutions $240,000 in 2007 to lobby on mortgage, loan legislation (CNBC, 02/25/08)
“Citigroup Inc., one of the nation’s largest banks, paid Avenue Solutions $240,000 in 2007 to lobby the federal government. The firm lobbied on various pieces of legislation including those dealing with Internet gambling, mortgage fraud, patent reform, student loans, pension fee disclosures, terrorism risk insurance and more, according to a disclosure form posted online Feb. 20 by the Senate’s public records office. Citigroup spent $120,000 lobbying on those issues in the second half of 2007.”

media:
Police: Home-Based Casino Dealt In Nudity, High Stakes (NBC10, 02/26/08 – DE)
“Police said Tuesday they raided a home where they said much more than strip poker was being played. Police said a man turned a poker game with neighborhood residents into his business, with thousands of dollars on the table, high-priced buy-ins, credit card machines and occasionally, nudity.”

blogs:
On the Senators’ Letter Regarding UIGEA Regs (Hard Boiled Poker, 02/27/08)
“Two weeks ago, two senators, John Sununu (R-NH) and Pete Domenici (R-NM) sent a letter to the Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury and the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The letter was in regard to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, and particularly concerned the proposed regulations currently being contemplated by the feds.”

Update: Politics and Poker (Poker Shrink, 02/26/08)
“Ten years ago we could have gone a year or more without finding any legislation or regulation that pertained to how we entertain ourselves in our spare time with our money by playing poker. Now you can’t go a day without some governmental agency cranking up a new regulation to restrict what free people do with their lives.”

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