Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (03/24/08)

articles:
Idaho woman wants to change state law banning poker (Spokesman Review, 03/24/08 – ID)

South Carolina’s lawmakers look at ‘laws that go too far’ (The Post and Courier, 03/24/08 – SC)

Gambling in Flint? You bet Illegal betting is everywhere (The Flint Journal, 03/22/2008 – MI)

Poker Players Alliance Launches Legal Support Network (CardPlayer, 03/24/08)

Mass. residents spent $1.1b at nearby gambling venues, study says (Boston Globe, 03/24/08 – MA)

Two Men Arrested In Armed Robbery At Card Game (The Tampa Tribune, 03/24/08 – FL)

Gamblers realized lives were at stake (The News Journal, 03/23/08 – DE)

European Union Investigates Possible US International Trade Violations (Poker Player Newspaper, 03/24/08)

Cleveland poker festivals return this week (96.5 Kiss FM, 03/23/08 – OH)

Small Town Poker Tour to Launch Regional Poker Series (Bluff, 03/20/08 – LA)

Realities for Children’s poker fundraiser now an official World Series of Poker satellite tournament (The Coloradoan, 03/24/08 – CO)

press release:
PPA Launches Litigation Support Network (Poker Players Alliance, 03/24/08)

blog:
You Gotta Know When to Hold ‘Em (The BLT, 03/21/08)

excerpts:
Idaho woman wants to change state law banning poker (Spokesman Review, 03/24/08 – ID)
“Wendy Nutting’s love of poker has her in a whole new game – advocating in a state that outlaws gambling. The 35-year-old Coeur d’Alene native recently was selected as a state director for the national Poker Players Alliance, an advocacy group for the game based in Washington, D.C. Within days, Nutting learned she was unintentionally breaking Idaho law by betting for cash during weekly games in friends’ living rooms and kitchens.”

South Carolina’s lawmakers look at ‘laws that go too far’ (The Post and Courier, 03/24/08 – SC)
Government has all sorts of creative ways to strike a balance between enhancing your life and regulating it to death, and this two-year legislative session is no different. “There are more inane laws introduced than you could shake a stick at,” House Majority Leader Jim Merrill, R-Daniel Island, said. “Somebody at the grocery store says they’re having trouble with this or that, and they (some legislators) feel they need to introduce a law about it.”

Gambling in Flint? You bet Illegal betting is everywhere (The Flint Journal, 03/22/2008 – MI)
“March Madness brackets aren’t the only game in town when it comes to gambling in Genesee County. While untold amounts of cash will be bet in office pools this month on the outcome of the NCAA basketball tournament, there are plenty of other ways for gamblers to get their fix without crossing the county line. From nightly poker games to the underground lottery that runs across Flint, bets on the outcome of the men’s college basketball tournament are just a small piece of an illegal pie.”

Poker Players Alliance Launches Legal Support Network (CardPlayer, 03/24/08)
“The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) today launched a free Litigation Support Network to provide basic poker legal advice, as well as to provide members with a network of attorneys around the country that could help players locally, if needed.”

Mass. residents spent $1.1b at nearby gambling venues, study says (Boston Globe, 03/24/08 – MA)
“Massachusetts residents spent $1.1 billion last year at gambling venues in Connecticut and Rhode Island, shrugging off a shaky economy to top the billion-dollar mark for the fifth consecutive year, according to an annual survey to be released today.”

Two Men Arrested In Armed Robbery At Card Game (The Tampa Tribune, 03/24/08 – FL)

“Authorities arrested two people and are searching for a third suspect in an armed home invasion Friday night. Seven people were playing cards inside a home in the 3800 block of 10th St. Court E. when three men dressed in black entered through an open door with handguns and a shotgun, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s 0ffice.”

Gamblers realized lives were at stake (The News Journal, 03/23/08 – DE)
“At first, Dennis Orrico thought it was a prank when three masked, gun-toting men burst into the weekly poker game and forced the 12 players to lie on the floor. But when one whacked a player on the head, Orrico and the others realized they were victims in a real robbery at Wild Quail Golf and Country Club.”

European Union Investigates Possible US International Trade Violations (Poker Player Newspaper, 03/24/08)
“Banks will not be held criminally liable for failing to stop online gambling transactions. This was the result of a decision by Judge Mary L. Cooper, of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, that came about when an iMEGA.org, a trade organization, challenged the enforcement provisions of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).”

Cleveland poker festivals return this week (96.5 Kiss FM, 03/23/08 – OH)
“The annual Nautica Charity Poker Festivals return this week, but at a new location in the Flats. Gaming will take place in the basement of the Powerhouse, across from the Improv, and will now continue all year. A special dedication ceremony will be held on Tuesday, with gaming beginning on Thursday afternoon. It’s the organization’s fourth season, and will now be a year long event, with tournaments 46 weeks out of the year.”

Small Town Poker Tour to Launch Regional Poker Series (Bluff, 03/20/08 – LA)
“The Small Town Poker Tour announced today the formation of a new series of charity poker events to be held throughout the state of Louisiana beginning in April and running through October. The new series, which has been dubbed the Gator Flop Series, bring a new twist to charity poker; in addition to prize money being awarded the series will use a point system. The player with the most points at the end of the series will receive a $7500 seat to the World Series Of Poker-Circuit event in New Orleans next November.”

Realities for Children’s poker fundraiser now an official World Series of Poker satellite tournament (The Coloradoan, 03/24/08 – CO)
“The Fort Collins Series of Poker has become an official World Series of Poker satellite tournament. “We were very, very excited (when we found out),” said Holly Milenski, promotional coordinator for Realities for Children. “To become a satellite means quite a bit. It makes us stand out.” Realities for Children organized the Fort Collins Series, which is in its first year.”

press release:
PPA Launches Litigation Support Network (Poker Players Alliance, 03/24/08)
“The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group, today launched its Litigation Support Network.  This free member service will provide basic, initial legal advice as well as refer members to a network of attorneys who have expressed interest in helping PPA members with poker-related legal issues.”

blog:
You Gotta Know When to Hold ‘Em (The BLT, 03/21/08)
“The Poker Players Alliance, an advocacy group for poker enthusiasts, is on the hunt for some good legal minds with an affinity for five-card draw. The group has just started a litigation support network to help its nearly 1 million members parse through federal and state gambling regulations and to provide attorney referrals to members who find themselves with the deck stacked against them, so to speak.”

2 responses to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (03/24/08)

  1. Its sad these house rules (excuse the pun) when you can not even have a little fluter in your own home.

  2. Dear Friends, Happy Fool’s Day!!

    Mildred came back from her annual check up with her doctor in an unusually good mood, and her husband asked her what had made her day.
    Mildred said, “The doctor told me that I have the breasts of an eighteen year old.”
    To which her husband responded, “What did he say about your forty-six year old ass?”
    Milly retorted, “He didn’t say a word about you!”

    Happy April Fool’s Day!

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