Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (03/03/08)

articles:
Don’t bet on it: Delaware’s gambling laws unclear (The News Journal, 03/03/08 – DE)

Pa. table games an odds-on favorite (Times Leader, 03/02/08 – PA)

West Carrollton police conduct 3 illegal gambling raids (Dayton Daily News, 03/02/08 – OH)

Former MU student makes poker gamble pay off (The Kansas City Star, 03/02/08 – MO)

Chad Nesbitt, others targeted in gambling raid (Mountain Xpress, 02/29/08 – NC)

Samak backs legalised casinos, but critics slam idea (Bangkok Post, 03/03/08)

Preparing for China Opening to Online Gambling (PokerPages, 03/03/08)

excerpts:
Don’t bet on it: Delaware’s gambling laws unclear (The News Journal, 03/03/08 – DE)
“The difference between the poker played at Shane and Laurie Anderson’s home in The Legends, a pricey housing development in one of Delaware’s fastest-growing areas, and what is going on in dozens of other homes in Delaware may only have been a matter of degree. The Andersons and housemate Matthew Balotin face gambling and child-endangerment charges after Middletown police busted them at their home a week ago. They are out on bail.”

Pa. table games an odds-on favorite (Times Leader, 03/02/08 – PA)
“Players want them and even state legislators who opposed legalizing casino gambling now acknowledge that table games are likely to come to Pennsylvania. How soon patrons will be able to sit down to a game of poker or roll the dice in the state’s casinos will depend on politics and money, not necessarily in that order. With property tax relief waiting in the wings and a slowing economy, it might not be long before enough legislators can be rounded up to support expanded gambling opportunities and the tax receipts that come along with them.”

West Carrollton police conduct 3 illegal gambling raids (Dayton Daily News, 03/02/08 – OH)
“West Carrollton Deputy Police Chief Doug Woodard said Saturday’s illegal gambling raids on two Fraternal Order of the Orioles sites, one in West Carrollton and one in Medway, and at the Clayton residence of the operator of both clubs, was directed by West Carrollton police with the help of a conglomeration of other law enforcement agencies.”

Former MU student makes poker gamble pay off (The Kansas City Star, 03/02/08 – MO)
“Lynn Hinkle has to admit that when her 22-year-old son, Blair, told her last year that he was leaving the University of Missouri to pursue a career playing poker, she reacted the way any normal parent would. She gasped. “He was two semesters away from getting his finance degree,” she said. “Leaving that to try and make a living at poker? It doesn’t make a parent feel too confident about the future.”

Chad Nesbitt, others targeted in gambling raid (Mountain Xpress, 02/29/08 – NC)
“On Feb. 24, state Alcohol Law Enforcement agents carried out a raid on property maintained by business owner and conservative activist Chad Nesbitt, which ALE officials claim targeted illegal poker games that have been going at the site. No arrests were made — and the investigation continues. “We’re still going through the documents and evidence we got,” ALE District Supervisor Allen Page told Xpress. “Once we do that, we’ll put a package together, sit down with [District Attorney] Ron Moore and decide where to go from there.”

Samak backs legalised casinos, but critics slam idea (Bangkok Post, 03/03/08)
“The viewer asked Mr Samak about the possibility of legalising casinos and the government’s measures to crack down on football gambling among youngsters and students. Mr Samak said he supported the legalisation of casinos in the country because other countries in the region such as Malaysia and Singapore already had legally established casinos. “If [existing casinos] are still illegal, we should legalise [them],” he said without going into detail about how to put the change into practice.”

Preparing for China Opening to Online Gambling (PokerPages, 03/03/08)
“Companies are already jockeying for starting positions in anticipation of China regulating online gambling on the Chinese mainland, with the Galaxy Entertainment Group saying that they too are making preparations, joining Bodog in their recent online poker campaign to target Chinese players. Speaking at the Asian Interactive Gaming conference in Macau, Francis Lui, deputy chairman of the Galaxy Entertainment Group, was quoted in the Macau Daily Times as saying that “Galaxy Entertainment Group is making moves to capitalise on an eventual legalising of internet gaming in the Mainland.”

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