Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (02/28/08)

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articles:
Bar owner refuses gambling plea deal (The Daily Herald, 02/28/08 – WA)

Lawyer: Trio sought police advice on poker games (The News-Journal, 02/27/08 – DE)

Poker player is shot during robbery (San Antonio Express-News, 02/27/08 – TX)

Maine decides to put casino proposal on ballot (WCAX-TV, 02/27/08 – ME)

Gambling lobby runs TV ads in GOP primary (East Texas Review, 02/27/08 – TX)

Last-minute twist revives gambling bill (The Courier-Journal, 02/27/08 – KY)

McCreevy May Expand EU Gaming Fight to 15 Countries (Bloomberg, 02/28/08)

Denmark Rules Poker is about Skill (Online Casino Reports, 02/28/08)

Knesset okays Internet censorship bill (The Jerusalem Post, 02/27/08)

All bets could be off at gaming club (Islington Gazette, 02/27/08)

media:
McCreevy broadens EU gambling fight after industry complains; Analysis by Charlie McCreevy, EU Commissioner (Bloomberg, 02/28/08)

excerpts:
Bar owner refuses gambling plea deal (The Daily Herald, 02/28/08 – WA)
“The owner of a Mill Creek bar appears ready to take on the Washington State Gambling Commission and the Snoho­mish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Stephen Anton Dorn, owner of the Jet Bar & Grill, turned down a prosecutor’s offer to let him plead guilty to a gross misdemeanor, pay a fine and stay under court supervision for two years for allegedly conducting a poker game at his business without a license. Instead, he now faces a felony gambling charge that could land him in jail.”

Lawyer: Trio sought police advice on poker games (The News-Journal, 02/27/08 – DE)
“A day after a Middletown couple and their housemate were arrested and charged with running illegal poker games out of their basement, the trio’s attorney said today their clients reached out to Middletown Police for advice on how to lawfully host poker games at their home some two weeks ago – a notion Police Chief Hank Tobin calls “totally inaccurate.” “We’re not in the position of giving guidance to people conducting criminal activity,” Tobin said.”

Poker player is shot during robbery (San Antonio Express-News, 02/27/08 – TX)
“In the sudden welter of gunshots and screams that transformed a high-stakes poker game into a crime scene this week, Angel Cevallos couldn’t be sure precisely what was going on. The 36-year-old land developer dove beneath a chip-stacked poker table as soon as the firing started and then obeyed every command of the three masked men who’d burst inside the Northwest Side house from a back door: Empty your pockets, put your hands in the air and face the wall.”

Maine decides to put casino proposal on ballot (WCAX-TV, 02/27/08 – ME)
“As New Hampshire legislators consider allowing a casino in the northern part of the state, election officials in Maine ruled today to put a proposed referendum allowing a casino in the western part of the state on November’s ballot. The casino would be near the New Hampshire border.”

Gambling lobby runs TV ads in GOP primary (East Texas Review, 02/27/08 – TX)
“In a move that has changed the tone of the 2008 GOP primaries, a gambling PAC is running television commercials blasting three socially conservative Republican incumbents, Reps. Phil King (R-Weatherford), Betty Brown (R-Terrell), and Nathan Macias (R-Bulverde). The political action committee, calling itself Texans for Economic Development, is funded largely by race track owners. As of the 30-day report on file with the Texas Ethics Commission, it had more than $1 million cash-on-hand.”

Last-minute twist revives gambling bill (The Courier-Journal, 02/27/08 – KY)
“A bill to legalize casino gambling survived a series of bizarre legislative twists yesterday that revealed a major split within the leadership of the House Democratic majority. In the morning, two versions of the proposed constitutional amendment — which would authorize nine casinos and is Gov. Steve Beshear’s top priority — failed to win approval from a House committee.”

McCreevy May Expand EU Gaming Fight to 15 Countries (Bloomberg, 02/28/08)
“The European Union is expanding a campaign against protectionism in the gambling industry to more than half the bloc’s 27 countries, Internal Market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said. The European Commission, the enforcer of EU business laws, already has threatened to sue 10 countries for barring foreign betting companies from competing with home-grown monopolies. Two of those, Greece and the Netherlands, drew escalated warnings today. Still, industry complaints are mounting against other states, McCreevy said in a Bloomberg Television interview.”

Denmark Rules Poker is about Skill (Online Casino Reports, 02/28/08)
“A Danish municipal court has ruled that poker tournaments do not go against Danish gaming laws. The court decision has arisen through the age-old debate of whether poker is merely a game of chance or if it requires skill. The Lyngby court has ruled that it does in fact require skill and therefore is legitimately legal in the country.”

Knesset okays Internet censorship bill (The Jerusalem Post, 02/27/08)
“The Knesset on Wednesday passed the first reading of a bill that will restrict Israelis’ access to the Internet. According to the bill, which passed by a majority of 46 to 20, Internet service providers would be asked to implement an apparatus that would filter out sites deemed “harmful”. Internet expert Jay Bailey says filtering isn’t censorship The decision on the filtering of specific sites will ultimately be in the hands of the communications minister, who will be aided by an advisory committee.”

All bets could be off at gaming club (Islington Gazette, 02/27/08)
“Liberal Democrat councillor George Allan, who was part of the committee that turned down the application, said: “Under the Gambling Act 2005 the Government and Parliament decided that private poker clubs are not legal. The application didn’t convince us that it was anything other than a commercial operation. There was no other conclusion we could have come to and as for consequences I have no doubt that Parliament had this in mind when they passed the legislation.”

media:
McCreevy broadens EU gambling fight after industry complains; Analysis by Charlie McCreevy, EU Commissioner (Bloomberg, 02/28/08)

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