Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/07/08)

articles:
Accused gambler aims to fight charges (The Post and Courier, 04/07/08 – SC)

Attorney Speaks Out Against Clients’ Gambling Charges (Live 5 News, 04/07/08 – SC)

Two arrested in poker raid get probation (The News-Journal, 04/05/08 – DE)

Track keeping pledge to hire from Clay for poker room (My Clay Sun, 04/03/08 – FL)

Heartland Poker Tour Finding Success on the Road (CardPlayer, 04/05/08)

Editorial: Casino defeats give public time to consider the future of gambling (The Herald-Dispatch, 04/06/08 – OH)

Saipan gaming proposal back from the dead (Saipan Tribune, 04/08/08)

Some lawyers say playing poker helps sharpen their legal skills (Daily Business Review, 04/07/08)

video:
Politics of Poker (Reason TV, 04/05/08)
“On Tuesday April 1, 2008, two of the best poker players in the game stopped by reason headquarters in Washington, DC for a short panel discussion and a night of Texas Hold ‘Em.”

Deputy Solicitor Involved in Major Gambling Bust (WCIV, 04/05/08)

Attorney Speaks Out Against Clients’ Gambling Charges (Live 5 News, 04/07/08)

excerpts:

Accused gambler aims to fight charges (The Post and Courier, 04/07/08 – SC)
“Martin Reyes said Sunday that he intends to fight the gambling charges he’s facing in connection with a police raid at his Hanahan home over the weekend. Reyes and 26 others were charged with unlawful games and betting for their involvement in a series of weekly poker games that authorities say were well-organized with paid pit bosses and dealers.”

Attorney Speaks Out Against Clients’ Gambling Charges (Live 5 News, 04/07/08 – SC)
“Although his clients admit they were wrong for participating in an illegal gambling ring, attorney Mark Peper isn’t going down without a fight. “We’re not looking to fight this in the court room, per say – we’re looking to fight this on the Statehouse grounds in Columbia down the road,” Peper said. Five of his clients, including Orlando Reyes – the owner of the Hanahan home that was raided Friday night – are among nearly 30 people charged with unlawful games and betting.”

Two arrested in poker raid get probation (The News-Journal, 04/05/08 – DE)
“Two of three people charged in a Middletown gambling raid in February pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense this week. Laurie Anderson, 37, and Matthew Balotin, 30, each pleaded guilty to third-degree conspiracy, according to Court of Common Pleas records. Anderson was sentenced to six months’ probation and Balotin was sentenced to one month probation. Both will be discharged from probation early after they pay fines and other court costs, court records showed.”

Track keeping pledge to hire from Clay for poker room (My Clay Sun, 04/03/08 – FL)
“Jacksonville Greyhound Racing officials said they are fulfilling their promise to provide Clay County residents with jobs. “So far, I’ve gotten very positive feedback. We have found they are going to be predominantly hiring from Clay County,” said Orange Park Town Manager John Bowles, recalling that verbal pledge made at a public council meeting by Howard Korman, president of Jacksonville Greyhound Racing. “Meanwhile ,we will make sure they dot their I’s and cross their T’s.” The Orange Park Kennel Club on Wells Road plans to hire at least 100 employees for its 40-table poker room slated to open this month.”

Heartland Poker Tour Finding Success on the Road (CardPlayer, 04/05/08)
In a little more than three years, the HPT had carved out a wide swath among middle-American players who love the game and are looking for a fun and intense poker experience, but could never afford the big buy-in events that receive most of the attention. Co-founders Todd Andersen and Greg Lang wanted to build a series of events where casual poker fans could go and get a big-time feel. With the help of cooperating casinos in places like Verona, New York, and Onamia, Minnesota, they’ve done it.”

Editorial: Casino defeats give public time to consider the future of gambling (The Herald-Dispatch, 04/06/08 – OH)
“Casino gambling might not be the economic blessing its advocates say it is, but proponents are still pushing for its expansion. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has given up on efforts to bring casinos to his state. “For this session, it is dead,” he said a couple of weeks ago, indicating he could introduce the measure again next year.”

Saipan gaming proposal back from the dead (Saipan Tribune, 04/08/08)
“Sponsored by Rep. Oscar M. Babauta, the bill is awaiting a vote on the House floor. The proposed legislation is similar to three bills rejected by the previous Legislature. It would allow video lottery terminals, as well as Texas Hold’em poker, black jack and baccarat games, to be operated at the former La Fiesta shopping mall. But the bill, as stated in the text, is different “in scope, depth and content” from the casino initiative rejected by the Saipan voters in November 2007.”

Some lawyers say playing poker helps sharpen their legal skills (Daily Business Review, 04/07/08)
“America’s poker craze – evidenced for better or worse by televised tournaments, Internet gambling and police raids that have scooped up the likes of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez – has attracted lawyers who insist they are not necessarily lucky. To the contrary, according to attorneys Brian P. Moran, David E. Fisher and Matthew S. Queler, poker is a game of skill – not chance. Moreover, they declare, it is a game well suited to the job.”

video:
Politics of Poker (Reason TV, 04/05/08)
“On Tuesday April 1, 2008, two of the best poker players in the game stopped by reason headquarters in Washington, DC for a short panel discussion and a night of Texas Hold ‘Em.”

Deputy Solicitor Involved in Major Gambling Bust (WCIV, 04/05/08)

Attorney Speaks Out Against Clients’ Gambling Charges (Live 5 News, 04/07/08)

About these ads

One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/07/08)

  1. Just read the article about “Accused gambler aims to fight charges” and rightly so. What he does in his time with his money is up to him and not that of others. These are consenting adults and if their actions do not interfere with the lives of others then what is the problem. These government rulings need to stop because it is them that has an affect on others where the tax payer has to foot legal bills when bringing criminals to justice, this is fine, so go out and spend my money to put a murderer or mugger behind bars and not those of an innocent nature.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s