Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (03/25/08)

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articles:

Yonkers police close down illegal poker parlor (The Journal News, 03/25/08 – NY)

Letter to the Editor: In response to poker arrest letter from Keakalaulono Makahanaloa (The Molokai Times, 03/24/08 – HI)

Don’t fold on Internet gambling ban (Christian Science Monitor, 03/25/08)

No Dice (The American Spectator, 03/25/08)

Banks, Processors Struggle with Proposed Regs for Web Gambling (Digital Transactions, 03/24/08)

Beshear calls for one last try at casinos (Herald-Leader, 03/25/08 – KY)

Despite bill’s defeat, governor continues study on casinos (Boston Globe, 03/25/08 – MA)

media:
Yonkers police conduct gambling raid (RNN, 03/24/08 – NY)

government:
Letter to Colleagues (Rep.Frank and Rep.King, 03/17/08)

excerpts:

Yonkers police close down illegal poker parlor (The Journal News, 03/25/08 – NY)
“A White Plains man and a man from Hastings-on-Hudson brazenly ran an illegal poker gambling shop called “The Grinder” across the street from the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, police charge. A task force of Yonkers police, the New York State Liquor Authority and the city Building Department raided the Twilight Bar and Grill on Yonkers Avenue late Friday.”

Letter to the Editor: In response to poker arrest letter from Keakalaulono Makahanaloa (The Molokai Times, 03/24/08 – HI)
“Aloha! I am writing in response to an article written in the March 12 issue, page A-7 of The Molokai Times, “Response to poker arrest story.” First of all, my husband was one of the 15 players who were in custody on Feb. 20 at this poker game. As a roving reporter columnist for a few years, I have always advocated for a safe, healthy and drug-free community. So I begin by saying, “That I absolutely do not condone what has taken place regarding my husband and the other individuals who were arrested!” And furthermore, I would like to address some of your questions!”

Don’t fold on Internet gambling ban (Christian Science Monitor, 03/25/08)
“Last year, the percentage of American college students who gamble online fell to 1.5 percent from 5.8 percent the year before. The reason? A 2006 federal law restricting Internet gambling. Now some in Congress who want to tax this type of addictive betting plan to roll back that progress. Rep. Barney Frank (D) of Massachusetts is expected to hold congressional hearings next month to explore overturning the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and replace it with legalized online betting, which in turn could generate taxes and fees to the tune of billions of dollars. His bill to legalize online gambling has so far found more than 40 cosponsors.”

No Dice (The American Spectator, 03/25/08)
“Anybody who has spent time in Washington knows that Congress often passes bad laws. But even the most widely derided laws — think of 2003′s Medicare drug benefit — end up doing roughly what their authors set out to do. The misbegotten 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), however, won’t even get that far. It will fail at its intended purpose of ending most Internet gambling while simultaneously creating enormous headaches for banking institutions and account holders. It’s a bad, bad law.”

Banks, Processors Struggle with Proposed Regs for Web Gambling (Digital Transactions, 03/24/08)
“Nearly 18 months after President Bush signed into law the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), regulators are still struggling to come up with rules to guide financial institutions and payment processors in blocking payments to online gaming sites. And if comments from the financial industry are any indicator, there‚Äôs still a lot of work ahead.”

Beshear calls for one last try at casinos (Herald-Leader, 03/25/08 – KY)
“House Democratic leaders have two days to whip up support for a casino amendment or go bust. Gov. Steve Beshear met with House Democrats for less than 10 minutes Monday afternoon after launching his “final push” to get legislation to expand gambling on the November ballot.”

Despite bill’s defeat, governor continues study on casinos (Boston Globe, 03/25/08 – MA)
“Governor Deval Patrick is plowing ahead with a $189,000 casino study, even though his plan for bringing casino-style gambling to the state is dead until at least next January.
more stories like this Responding to questions about the study, Daniel O’Connell, state economic development secretary, released a statement late yesterday afternoon saying that his office will allow Spectrum Gaming of New Jersey to complete its work.”

media:
Yonkers police conduct gambling raid (RNN, 03/24/08 – NY)
“Yonkers police raided Twilight Bar on Yonkers Avenue on March 24, 2008, and seized a variety of gambling paraphernalia.”

government:
Letter to Colleagues (Rep.Frank and Rep.King, 03/17/08)

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