Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (03/27/08)

articles:
Legion bets poker will draw new crowd (Daily Herald, 03/27/08 – IL)

On Poker: Hard to put the ‘Texas’ in Hold ‘Em without legalization (San Antonio Express-News, 03/26/08 – TX)

Cleveland’s gambling for charity expanding from 20 to 46 weeks (The Daily Record, 03/26/08 – OH)

AG King Opposes Gambling (WTVY, 03/26/08 – AL)

Marines to get poker treat (The Arizona Republic, 03/27/08 – AZ)

Playing poker with less at stake (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 03/26/08 – FL)

Regulators crack down on credit gambling (Helena Independent Record, 03/27/08 – MT)

Casino interests down, but not out of fight (Boston Herald, 03/27/08 – MA)

Familiar TV faces lead push for an Ohio casino (WKYC, 03/26/08 – OH)

Senate bill passes to prohibit expansion of casinos to new counties (Sun Herald, 03/26/08 – MS)

Proposal Due from USA Could End Antigua’s 5-year WTO Online Poker Internet Gambling Dispute (Poker Pages, 03/27/08)

Danish Legislation April Fools Day Launch? (Online-Casinos, 03/27/08)

Kahnawake No Concern for Poker Casino Gaming Giant GigaMedia (Poker Pages, 03/27/08)

press release:
PGCB’s Director of Compulsive and Problem Gambling to Play Key Role With International Association (Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, 03/26/08)

blog:
Reason Presents: The Politics of Poker (Reason, 03/27/08 – DC)

excerpts:

Legion bets poker will draw new crowd (Daily Herald, 03/27/08 – IL)
“The Fox River-Geneva American Legion Post 75 hopes to be a big winner with Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournaments. The legion is optimistic that the card game, which has enjoyed a surge in popularity, will draw a younger crowd to what has traditionally been a bastion of World War II and Korean War veterans. The poker games, which are awaiting final approval from the Geneva City Council in early April, will be added to the post’s lineup of fundraising activities this summer. The organization provides services to veterans and their families in the community.”

On Poker: Hard to put the ‘Texas’ in Hold ‘Em without legalization (San Antonio Express-News, 03/26/08 – TX)
“The most popular variation of the game of poker is Texas Hold ‘Em, but in a lot of ways, the need to mention the “Texas” part of it is a little absurd at present day. It’s sort of like Delaware boasting of its status as “the first state.” No offense, Delawarians — you were the first, but history has dictated that there are better states in the Union.”

Cleveland’s gambling for charity expanding from 20 to 46 weeks (The Daily Record, 03/26/08 – OH)
“An effort now in its fourth year to raise money for charities through gambling starts up again Thursday, with an expanded schedule for 2008. The growing availability of casino-style gambling in Cleveland comes as Ohio lawmakers are deciding whether to give the Ohio Lottery approval to start Keno, a game often played in casinos.”

AG King Opposes Gambling (WTVY, 03/26/08 – AL)
“Alabama’s top prosecutor says he is totally opposed to any form of gambling. State Attorney General Troy King fears that electronic bingo can eventually lead to something like the legal casinos in Biloxi, Mississippi. Although the Elba native says he personally hates the thought of any gambling, he will not get involved in the Country Crossing controversy. King believes the bingo proceeds earmarked for charity will be outweighed by the social and moral cost.”

Marines to get poker treat (The Arizona Republic, 03/27/08 – AZ)
“Some troops in Iraq soon will be able to add a little style to their poker games, thanks to a Tempe business owner who found a cool way to support the troops. Randy Ying, owner of Rye Park LLC, a Tempe gaming-supply company, donated three custom-built poker tables. The tables were constructed, packaged and soon will be shipped to Iraq. “I think it’s cool that they risk their lives for us each day. This is just something I can do to make their time a little more enjoyable,” Ying said.”

Playing poker with less at stake (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 03/26/08 – FL)
“She’s been reluctant to sit at the tables in Las Vegas, but Joan Cook is comfortable playing poker at Dania Jai-Alai. That’s partially because of the stakes, she says: $10 a tournament. ‘I want to feel more comfortable at the table, and it’s a great deal,’ says Cook, 76, who spends winters in Hallandale Beach and summers in Massachusetts.”

Regulators crack down on credit gambling (Helena Independent Record, 03/27/08 – MT)
“In two months last year, Boomers Pub & Gambling Parlor in Missoula let a gambler use a credit card to obtain more than $10,000 in cash advances to gamble. Each transaction was coded as a food or beverage sale, ranging from $50 to $600, or most of the money was designated as a tip. That’s a violation of Montana law.”

Casino interests down, but not out of fight (Boston Herald, 03/27/08 – MA)
“Las Vegas casino interests have not yet written off Massachusetts, despite last week’s devastating gambling defeat on Beacon Hill, industry observers say. Don’t count on any aggressive State House lobbying campaigns anytime soon. But the casino industry still views Massachusetts as one of the nation’s last big untapped markets, said Clyde Barrow, a professor and gaming industry expert at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.”

Familiar TV faces lead push for an Ohio casino (WKYC, 03/26/08 – OH)
“An ad campaign to promote a ‘vote on a casino in Ohio’ issue starts Monday using blast-from-the-past TV stars. Jamie Farr(Klinger from Mash), Vicki Lawrence (Mama) and Dwayne Hickman (Dobie Gillis) have cut a batch of ads blending facts and humor to try and convince Ohio it should be the 39th state to approve gambling.”

Senate bill passes to prohibit expansion of casinos to new counties (Sun Herald, 03/26/08 – MS)
“A Senate bill that would limit casinos to the counties where they are currently legal has passed the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 2199 was amended in the House and the two chambers will have to come to terms before the bill can be signed into law.”

Proposal Due from USA Could End Antigua’s 5-year WTO Online Poker Internet Gambling Dispute (Poker Pages, 03/27/08)
“Mark Mendel, Antigua and Barbuda’s attorney in the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute against the United States for blocking foreign online poker and Internet gambling operators from the American gaming market, told the Antigua Sun this week that a settlement proposal from the U.S. due by the end of this month could end their five-year trade dispute. “I am assuming that if they are going to be good to their word, that they will have a proposal. It will be either a proposal or no proposal by the end of the month,” Mendel was quoted saying in the article.”

Danish Legislation April Fools Day Launch? (Online-Casinos, 03/27/08)
“The Danish government may be preparing legislation against online gambling that includes a UIGEA-style provision to hamper financial transfers, report several news media covering the region, including EIN. If the as yet unconfirmed reports that moves could take place as early as next (April) month are true, the Danes will be flying in the face of the European Commission which has had the country’s monopolistic gambling policies under the microscope for the past few years and has already issued a “reasoned opinion” against the Scandinavian nation.”

Kahnawake No Concern for Poker Casino Gaming Giant GigaMedia (Poker Pages, 03/27/08)
GigaMedia Limited, the Asian gambling giant who develops and licenses online poker and casino software, issued a statement this week saying they are not concerned by reports that the Canadian government is considering a UIGEA-like ban to shut down online poker and Internet gaming sites operating from the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawake (Canada’s First Nations).

press release:

PGCB’s Director of Compulsive and Problem Gambling to Play Key Role With International Association (Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, 03/26/08)
“Nanette Horner, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s Director of Compulsive and Problem Gambling, has been appointed to the Responsible Gaming Committee for the International Masters of Gaming Law (IMGL).”

blog:
Reason Presents: The Politics of Poker (Reason, 03/27/08 – DC)
“On Tuesday, April 1, please join the staff of reason at our D.C. offices for a short panel discussion about the great American game of poker. What’s behind its massive recent surge in popularity? Why did Congress ban online poker? Why are local governments sending in SWAT teams to bust up private games?”

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