Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (03/19/08)

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Selected Coverage of the MA Casino Bill Hearing

articles:
Vote On Mass. Casino Plan Could Come This Week (WBZ-TV, 03/19/08 – MA)

Holding free Hold’em tournaments (KVII, 03/19/08 – TX)

Biggest non-tribal casino in Bay Area gets bigger (InsideBayArea, 03/17/08 – CA)

Ky. to Help Gamblers, Casinos or Not (Associated Press, 03/18/08 – KY)

Gambling That Pays Off: Poker In Your Pajamas (Indiana Gazette, 03/19/08)

New Zealand Bans Online Poker But Set To Offer Online Lotto Sales (Poker Pages, 03/19/08)

media:
Holding free Hold’em tournaments (KVII, 03/19/08)

Internet Gambling (The Kojo Nnamdi Show, 03/18/08)


blog:

Deval Backs Off Criminalizing Online Poker: Throws the Ball to Coakley (Charles Nesson, 03/19/08)

Interview with PPA Executive Director John Pappas (Life’s A Bluff, 03/19/08)

excerpts:

Vote On Mass. Casino Plan Could Come This Week (WBZ-TV, 03/19/08 – MA)
“The fate of a casino bill that even its architect and most ardent backer, Gov. Deval Patrick, concedes is likely headed for defeat could be decided quickly. The legislative committee which held a marathon public hearing Tuesday on Patrick’s plan to license three resort-style casinos in Massachusetts was expected to issue its recommendation by noon Wednesday.”

Holding free Hold’em tournaments (KVII, 03/19/08 – TX)
“Illegal poker operations have been around for quite some time. But with the recent popularity of Texas Hold’em, bars and restaurants have found ways to offer legal tournaments. Texas Hold’em Tournament Director Beth Connell says they work closely with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.”

Biggest non-tribal casino in Bay Area gets bigger (InsideBayArea, 03/17/08 – CA)
“What was already the largest non-Indian casino in Northern California in terms of the number of gaming tables has just gotten bigger. Colma’s Town Council approved Lucky Chances Casino’s request last week to increase the number of gaming tables from 43 to 50. The town’s ordinance allows for 60 tables, but casino spokesman Rodney Blonien said that won’t happen.”

Ky. to Help Gamblers, Casinos or Not (Associated Press, 03/18/08 – KY)
“Although a proposal to legalize casinos in Kentucky has stalled in the state legislature, lawmakers pressed ahead on Tuesday with a plan to rehabilitate compulsive gamblers. The House Appropriations and Revenue Committee approved legislation that could generate more than $200,000 a year for treatment programs through a fee from bingo and similar games sponsored by churches and charitable organizations.”

Gambling That Pays Off: Poker In Your Pajamas (Indiana Gazette, 03/19/08)
“Rising daily at 2 p.m. or so, Matt Doyle, of Washington, D.C., allows himself a half-hour to properly wake up. Next, he might consider a trip to the gym; only then will he attempt a couple of hours’ work before dinner. In the evening, he’ll work a few more hours, followed by a beer, a movie and bed. Doyle is not a lazy college student, but a professional online poker player. Last year, the former Discovery Channel researcher made $80,000 from playing poker roughly 25 hours a week. Doyle is one of perhaps thousands of Americans who have quit their day jobs to make a living playing poker online.”

New Zealand Bans Online Poker But Set To Offer Online Lotto Sales (Poker Pages, 03/19/08)
“New Zealanders cannot legally play poker on the Internet, but they will soon be able to buy lottery tickets online, exhibiting the NZ government’s protectionist policy towards online gambling, following the path of other countries like the United States who is facing World Trade Organization legal action costing them billions of dollars in compensation to other WTO members for violating trade treaties, and Sweden, France and Germany who are facing legal action from the European Commission for violating EU free trade law within the 27-member states.”

media:
Holding free Hold’em tournaments (KVII, 03/19/08)

Internet Gambling (The Kojo Nnamdi Show, 03/18/08)

“The Internet poker party is over– at least if you’re living and wagering in the United States. Federal prosecutors are targeting the Web’s busiest gambling venues and Congress is preventing credit card companies from processing payments to them.”

press release:
Poker is Not a Crime: Poker Players Rally to Fight MA Poker Ban (PPA, 03/19/08)
“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.”

blog:

Deval Backs Off Criminalizing Online Poker: Throws the Ball to Coakley (Charles Nesson, 03/19/08)
“here’s audio of an exchange with deval just before he testified at the statehouse hearing in which he identifies the attorney general as the immediate force behind the criminalization of online poker in his bill — and says he does not stand behind it and would welcome an amendment taking that provision out!”

Interview with PPA Executive Director John Pappas (Life’s A Bluff, 03/19/08)
“There will be no comic today because I don’t want the focus on anything else but this interview with John Pappas, Executive Director for the Poker Players Alliance. I am sure you understand”

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