Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (03/17/08)

articles:
IGREA Gets 47th Co-Sponsor as Pro Online Gambling Momentum Builds (CasinoGamblingWeb, 03/15/08)

LETTERS: Federal regulation of gaming a worry (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 03/14/08)

Poker parlor operator fined (Anchorage Daily News, 03/15/08 – AK)

Poker Players Alliance Names State Directors (PokerNews, 03/16/08)

Rochester man heads poker group (The State Journal Register, 03/16/08 – IL)

Portsmouth attorney given poker power; named state director of poker alliance (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 03/17/08 – NH)

Annie Duke says poker isn’t luck (Ottawa Citizen, 03/16/08)

Another Gamble (Union Leader, 03/16/08 – NH)

Balancing horses, casinos in Ky. racing (Baltimore Sun, 03/16/08 – KY)

UMass gambling prof: Bosley’s figures don’t add up (Boston Herald, 03/17/08 – MA)

U.S., Costa Rica reach net gambling settlement (PokerListings, 03/16/08)

Online gambling may become legal in SA (MyADSL, 03/16/08)

press release:
Harvard Student Group to Rally at Statehouse to Protest Possible Jail Terms for Poker Players (GPSTS, 03/17/08 – MA)

excerpts:

IGREA Gets 47th Co-Sponsor as Pro Online Gambling Momentum Builds (CasinoGamblingWeb, 03/15/08)
“The Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (HR2046), sponsored by House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, gained its 47th co-sponsor on Friday. Congressman Tim Bishop [D-NY], representing the 1st District of New York State has joined the effort to right the wrong initiated by former Senator Bill Frist when he pushed through the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in 2006 without the ability of Congress to debate the merits of the bill by adding it to a must pass National Anti-Terrorism Port Security Bill.”

LETTERS: Federal regulation of gaming a worry (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 03/14/08)
“The editorial page of the Review-Journal mischaracterized the American Gaming Association’s position on Internet gambling in its March 9 editorial, “Wanna bet?” The AGA is not lukewarm on Internet gambling because of a fear of competition. In fact, some of our member companies have been vocal about their interest in getting into this sector of the business should it be legalized.”

Poker parlor operator fined (Anchorage Daily News, 03/15/08 – AK)
“A former Chugiak High School vice-principal was sentenced Friday morning for his role in operating a Valley poker room raided by Alaska state troopers in April 2007. Superior Court Judge Eric Smith didn’t give James McDowell any jail time and said his record will be cleared if he doesn’t break the law for two years. He also fined McDowell $5,000.”

Poker Players Alliance Names State Directors (PokerNews, 03/16/08)
“The Poker Players Alliance has furthered its intentions to continue growing as a “grass roots” organization with the announcement that 50 PPA members have now been selected as State Directors, one for each state. The PPA’s State Directors program, focused on each state’s needs, is designed to work hand-in-hand with the PPA’s own organized lobbying efforts on the federal scene. 47 of the 50 PPA state directors have been, announced per the latest listing on the pokerplayersalliance.com website.”

Rochester man heads poker group (The State Journal Register, 03/16/08 – IL)
“A poker advocacy group headquartered in Washington, D.C., has named a Rochester public relations consultant as its Illinois state director. The nonprofit Poker Players Alliance, with more than 900,000 members nationwide, is betting on Steve Brubaker to raise its profile in Illinois. “I’m doing it pro bono because I like poker,” said Brubaker, a contract lobbyist by trade.”

Portsmouth attorney given poker power; named state director of poker alliance (Foster’s Daily Democrat, 03/17/08 – NH)
“Attorney Patrick Fleming isn’t a high stakes gambler. But he’s been known to win some cash at local tournaments. “Not anything that would make me quit my day job,” Fleming said Thursday. “At least not yet.” Fleming was named the Poker Players Alliance New Hampshire state director on Wednesday. The PPA is a grassroots advocacy group headquartered in Washington, D.C.”

Annie Duke says poker isn’t luck (Ottawa Citizen, 03/16/08)
“Professional poker player Annie Duke never regrets her decision to quit college to gamble on a new life. Ms. Duke — already a graduate of Columbia University with a major in English and psychology — went on to University of Pennsylvania to study psycholinguistics, a field within cognitive psychology. She stayed for five years and was close to finishing her PhD when she dropped out to become a professional poker player.”

Another Gamble (Union Leader, 03/16/08 – NH)
The Senate did vote to expand gambling in one direction last week. Chambers of commerce can now run the kind of charity poker tournaments other non-profits legally operate. Nothing in the bill says what they have to use the income for, although pro-gambling Sen. Ted Gatsas said money will be put toward scholarships and gifts to charity.

Balancing horses, casinos in Ky. racing (Baltimore Sun, 03/16/08 – KY)
“The debate is about more than saving the racing industry. Supporters, including recently elected Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, hope to use casino revenues to generate millions for a cash-strapped state government. Opponents say the funding will come from Kentuckians gambling away their milk money – a troubling prospect for a state with the sixth-highest poverty rate in the nation.”

UMass gambling prof: Bosley’s figures don’t add up (Boston Herald, 03/17/08 – MA)
“A top State House foe of expanded gambling, who has blasted casino supporters for playing fast and loose with the numbers, is guilty of bungling some of the facts himself, a local professor contends. State Rep. Daniel Bosley, whose economic development committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on Gov. Deval Patrick’s casino proposal, has mixed up the number of casinos in New Jersey and the impact Atlantic City’s casinos have had on neighborhood restaurants, argues Clyde Barrow, a professor and gaming industry expert at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.”

U.S., Costa Rica reach net gambling settlement (PokerListings, 03/16/08)
“According to the Tico Time in Costa Rica, the United States and Costa Rica have come to a settlement agreement in regards to the United States pulling out of its World Trade Organization agreement involving online gambling. As compensation for not allowing online gambling companies based in Costa Rica access to U.S. customers, the United States has offered Costa Rica greater access to other service markets, including research and development, storage, technical testing and analysis.”

Online gambling may become legal in SA (MyADSL, 03/16/08)
“South Africans indulging in online gaming in SA are doing so illegally — even if the service providers are based in another country or jurisdiction, or hold a licence to operate from another country. Nobody has a licence for online gambling in this country. Themba Marasha, chief operations officer of the National Gambling Board, said he had approached various bodies that have contravened the restriction on advertising, promoting and marketing online gambling organisations.”

press release:

Harvard Student Group to Rally at Statehouse to Protest Possible Jail Terms for Poker Players (GPSTS, 03/17/08 – MA)
The Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS), the group formed at Harvard Law School to promote poker as an educational tool, is co-sponsoring a rally Tuesday at the Statehouse with the Massachusetts chapter of the Poker Players Alliance to protest the criminalization of poker in Governor Deval Patrick’s gaming bill. The group plans to demand that Governor Deval Patrick explain who wrote the provision of the casino bill outlawing poker, which a Harvard Law Professor called “crazy and non-sensical.”

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3 responses to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (03/17/08)

  1. Very informative site thanks for the wide variety of links

  2. Thank you for the excellent news roundup on the world of online news gambling. We run a similar news blog, but do more of news analysis rather than news roundup.

  3. William White

    Apparently there has been no news in poker world for three weeks now. Or is the very overworked secretary on vacation? Could someone may posts that on google if that is the case.

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