Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (03/18/08)

Selected Coverage of MA Casino Bill

articles:
Casino hearing is set for today (Boston Globe, 03/18/08 – MA)

Poker’s hot at Harvard (Boston Herald, 03/18/08 – MA)

press release:
Poker is Not a Crime: Poker Players Rally to Fight MA Poker Ban (PPA, 03/18/08)

Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson Criticizes Governor Patrick’s Casino Bill in Remarks at Rally and in Testimony to the Legislature (GPSTS, 03/18/08)

iMEGA Criticizes Anti-Internet Legislation in Massachusetts (iMEGA, 03/18/08)

European Commission Takes up Remote Gambling Association Complaint (PocketFives, 03/18/08)

blogs:

Is it luck of the draw or skill? Case Western Reserve University psychologist places his bets on skill (Case Western Reserve, 03/18/08)

excerpts:
Casino hearing is set for today (Boston Globe, 03/18/08 – MA)
“Union workers, religious leaders, academics, environmentalists and even online poker players will converge on the State House today for a long-awaited hearing on the governor’s resort casino bill. The activities will begin at around 9 a.m., when Governor Deval Patrick will address hundreds of procasino union members planning a rally on Boston Common before heading to the State House to lobby lawmakers or testify on behalf of the bill.”

Poker’s hot at Harvard (Boston Herald, 03/18/08 – MA)
“A card-playing Harvard Law professor and his poker-crazy students will stage a protest today outside the State House rallying against Gov. Deval Patrick’s casino plan. But while most opponents, ranging from church leaders to social activists, will be warning of the perils of expanded gambling, the Harvard group will be arguing there is not nearly enough.”

press release:
Poker is Not a Crime: Poker Players Rally to Fight MA Poker Ban (PPA, 03/18/08)
“Poker players from across Massachusetts today held a rally outside of the Massachusetts State House to protest a provision in Governor Deval Patrick’s casinos bill that makes playing poker on the internet with other adults a crime punishable by jail time. The rally was organized by the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group comprised of almost one million online and offline poker players nationwide, and held in prior to a hearing before the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies focused on H 4307, the Massachusetts Casino Expansion Bill.”

Harvard Law Professor Charles Nesson Criticizes Governor Patrick’s Casino Bill in Remarks at Rally and in Testimony to the Legislature (GPSTS, 03/18/08)
“Harvard Law Professor and founder of the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS) Charles Nesson criticized Governor Deval Patrick’s casino bill for making it a crime for individuals to play poker on the Internet.”

iMEGA Criticizes Anti-Internet Legislation in Massachusetts (iMEGA, 03/18/08)
“iMEGA today voiced its opposition to a provision, contained within legislation that would legalize casinos in Massachusetts, to ban on-line gambling at a State House hearing in Boston. The provision is unconstitutional because it tramples on Americans’ inalienable First Amendment rights and would, if implemented, exert a harsh chilling effect on Internet innovation running the grave risk of sharply stifling the growth of electronic commerce.”

European Commission Takes up Remote Gambling Association Complaint (PocketFives, 03/18/08)
“To say the last month has been a busy one in the online poker world would not even begin to approach the truth. Late last year, the Remote Gambling Association lodged a complaint with the European Commission alleging that the United States was using discriminatory practices.”

blogs:
Is it luck of the draw or skill? Case Western Reserve University psychologist places his bets on skill (Case Western Reserve, 03/18/08)
“Is it luck of the draw in poker? No, says Michael DeDonno, a doctoral student from Case Western Reserve University. He suggests putting your bets on skills over luck when playing the card game. DeDonno’s findings from two poker-related studies with college students have implications for the gaming industry, and possibly even legal cases that challenge the theory of luck over skills. According to DeDonno, the person who takes home the winnings is likely to pay higher taxes when money is considered earned by luck.”

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