Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/04/08)

Selected Coverage of UIGEA Hearing (04/02/08)

articles:

Online Poker Ban Reappears in Massachusetts Slots Bill- Source ID’d (Poker Pages, 04/04/08 – MA)

Florida’s Recent Poker Casino Expansion Worries Mississippi (Poker Pages, 04/02/08 – MS)

Online Poker Industry Fearful of Proposed 60 Minutes Expose (Gambling911, 04/03/08)

Gambling and the Law: Internet Gambling And The Presidential Race (Eye On Gambling, 04/04/08)

Casino industry loses 2 in a row (The Wichita Eagle, 04/03/08)

Legislative committee kills proposal for Oxford County casino (Maine Today, 04/03/08 – ME)

excerpts:

Online Poker Ban Reappears in Massachusetts Slots Bill- Source ID’d (Poker Pages, 04/04/08 – MA)
“Now that US Massachusetts Governor Patrick Deval’s Casino bill was voted down, State Rep. David Flynn is promoting revenue relief through his bill to allow slot machines at racetracks, but beware- his bill contains the same verbiage criminalizing online poker and gambling on the Internet that was in the now-defunct Casino bill.”

Florida’s Recent Poker Casino Expansion Worries Mississippi (Poker Pages, 04/02/08 – MS)
“Floridians represented 21.2 percent of visitors to Mississippi’s 29 casinos in 2007, according to a memo issued by the Joint Committee on Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review. And if half the Florida market decides to stay in that state to gamble at expanded casinos and poker tournaments, Mississippi could lose $254 million in gaming and tax revenue and 3,191 direct jobs, the memo notes. More conservative numbers show that if 25 percent of the Florida market is lost, Mississippi could lose $75.7 million in gaming and tax revenue and 1,595 direct jobs. PEER Executive Director Max Arinder told the Clarion Ledger that his staff used information from the state Gaming Commission, the gaming industry and the state of Florida to form a “best guess” of the potential impact. He said Mississippi “would be wise to do a little contingency planning.”

Online Poker Industry Fearful of Proposed 60 Minutes Expose (Gambling911, 04/03/08)
“An anticipated piece slated to air on CBS’ 60 Minutes regarding the online poker industry and a notorious “insider poker cheat” has much of the sector wondering what type of damage may occur as a result. Previous reports airing on 60 Minutes related to the industry have been fair for the most part though not entirely flattering.”

Gambling and the Law: Internet Gambling And The Presidential Race (Eye On Gambling, 04/04/08)
“For far more than 200 years, the federal government has let the states decide what their public policy toward gambling will be. Neighboring states, like Utah and Nevada, can adopt prohibition or casinos, and the federal government’s role has been to either step aside, or, if asked, to help a state enforce its laws.”

Casino industry loses 2 in a row (The Wichita Eagle, 04/03/08)
“The industry suffered a hit in Kentucky last week when Gov. Steve Beshear pronounced a casino initiative dead. That came only a week after Massachusetts lawmakers rejected a measure that would have allowed casinos to open there. Opponents contend the rejections, coupled with defeats two years ago in Ohio and Nebraska, signal a slowing of the spread of casinos after two decades of rapid expansion.”

Legislative committee kills proposal for Oxford County casino (Maine Today, 04/03/08 – ME)
“A legislative committee has killed a bill to authorize an Oxford County casino, so the issue will go to state voters in November. Among other things, the proposal would´ve lowered the state gambling age from 21 to 19, placed a 10-year moratorium on building other casinos in Maine and granted the casino´s president a seat on all the boards of state agencies and programs that benefit from it financially.”

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/04/08)

  1. Is not the peoples choice to have their say on Internet gambling – whether they want to participate or not – surely governments should be looking into more serious factors going on in and around the world today.

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