Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (02/29/08)

articles:
Beshear, Democratic leaders try to garner support for casinos (Courier-Journal, 02/28/08 – KY)

Wait on table games proposal until casino issues are settled (The Patriot News, 02/29/08 – PA)

State to study effects of legalized gambling in Conn. (WWLP, 02/27/08 – CT)

Interview with Congressman Frank LoBiondo (Casino Connection, 02/29/08)

A ‘game’ is always available (Vancouver Sun, 02/29/08)

How we’re becoming a Poker Nation (Vancouver Sun, 02/29/08)

press release:
Chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee Endorses U.S. Regulation of Internet Gambling (Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, 02/29/08)

excerpts:
Beshear, Democratic leaders try to garner support for casinos (Courier-Journal, 02/28/08 – KY)
“Gov. Steve Beshear says he is working with Democratic leaders in the House to garner support for a beleaguered proposal that could allow casinos to open across Kentucky. The measure, calling for a constitutional amendment that would legalize up to nine casinos, is proving to be a tough sale in a Bible-Belt state where similar efforts have failed in the past.”

Wait on table games proposal until casino issues are settled (The Patriot News, 02/29/08 – PA)
“Some state legislators are ready to deal out more avenues for gamblers to plunk down their money. A more sensible hand is being played by those who say it’s too soon. Several lawmakers at this week’s Pennsylvania Gaming Congress expressed support for adding table games, such as poker, black jack and roulette to the now legal slot machines. Legislation is before the House Gaming Committee that would do just that.”

State to study effects of legalized gambling in Conn. (WWLP, 02/27/08 – CT)
“The state has hired a New Jersey company to study the effects of legalized gambling in Connecticut. The Division of Special Revenue announced today it has signed a contract with Spectrum Gaming Group. The firm will study the different types of gambling in the state, and the desire to expand, maintain or reduce the amount of gambling permitted.”

Interview with Congressman Frank LoBiondo (Casino Connection, 02/29/08)
“I think that’s the way to go. The bill that Congressman (Barney) Frank has, out of the Financial Services Committee, is well-intended, but presents big problems. If we are to move forward, we really need to do it right, and the current situation is not right. The bill I’ve co-sponsored with Congressmen (Jon) Porter and Berkley of Nevada would set up a study commission so that, with today’s state-of-the-art technology, we could intelligently and accurately determine what is the best course of action to take.”

A ‘game’ is always available (Vancouver Sun, 02/29/08)
“Walk through the library or public space on any B.C. university campus and you are likely to see students with laptops playing online poker. “I’ve even seen a few people playing in class,” said SFU student Nick Hanzl, who started playing in weekly face-to-face games with older friends while still in high school in Port Coquitlam. The attraction of online poker is that it doesn’t take any effort to organize a game. It’s always there, 24/7.”

How we’re becoming a Poker Nation (Vancouver Sun, 02/29/08)
“Paris Hilton and Pam Anderson play it and Cinderella-story stars like Chris Moneymaker make millions at it. Small wonder online poker is so explosively popular. In case you haven’t noticed the card-by-card coverage of Texas Holdem tournaments on TSN and ESPN — and for that matter every other sports network — poker is in the midst of a major renaissance. Television ads, billboards and Web-based click-through banner ads blare the praises of online poker.”

press release:
Chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee Endorses U.S. Regulation of Internet Gambling (Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, 02/29/08)
“Congressman George Miller (D-CA), chairman of the House Democratic Policy Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee, has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act. The legislation, introduced last year by Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), would allow licensed operators to provide Internet gambling services in the United States.”

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