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


articles:

191 warrants issued in poker sting (The Post and Courier, 04/08/08 – SC)

Man Arrested In Gambling Sting Says Cops Went Too Far (Live 5 News, 04/07/08 – SC)

Bill to Legalize Online Gambling Gains 48th New Co-Sponsor (Casino Gambling Web, 04/05/08)

On table: highs and lows of gambling (Seacoast, 04/08/08 – NH)

Internet Gambling Law Spawns Debate As Frank Offers Sidebar Defending CUs (Credit Union Times, 04/09/08)

Still no clear way forward on Internet gambling matter (Antigua Sun, 04/07/08)

Online Poker Lures Players in Germany, Mums Risks (Deutsche Welle, 04/08/08)

media:
Man Arrested In Gambling Sting Says Cops Went Too Far (Live 5 News, 04/07/08 – SC)

excerpts:

191 warrants issued in poker sting (The Post and Courier, 04/08/08 – SC)
“Investigators have amassed 191 warrants against 65 people tied to a well-heeled Lowcountry gambling circuit that counted a Charleston police officer, a veteran prosecutor, a local schoolteacher and others among its members, authorities said. Nine more suspects surrendered to detectives Monday evening. Charleston Police officer Michael B. McElveen Jr., one of the suspects, was scheduled to appear but did not because of a personal matter, according to authorities and his attorney, Andy Savage. McElveen called police and arranged to appear at 6 tonight when another group surrenders, they said.”

Man Arrested In Gambling Sting Says Cops Went Too Far (Live 5 News, 04/07/08 – SC)
“Three days after cops busted into his home, Orlando Reyes talked about his arrest for playing “Texas Hold ‘em” at his house. “They just barged in the house, guns drawn, flashlights everywhere, everybody screaming, hollering,” Reyes said. But Reyes said he knew it was illegal to play poker. “I didn’t think it would be a big deal. It’s grown men. professional men that wanted to relieve some stress and have a good time amongst each other,” he said.”

Bill to Legalize Online Gambling Gains 48th New Co-Sponsor (Casino Gambling Web, 04/05/08)
“Rep. Jerrold Nadler [NY-8] has joined the fight for Online Gambling when he became the 48th co-sponsor of the Internet Gambling, Regulation, and Enforcement Act (Bill H.R. 2046, aka the IGREA), which has been proposed by House Financial Services Committee Chairman, Rep. Barney Frank [MA-4]. Rep. Nadler is an important member of Congress serving his 9th term. Currently, Rep. Nadler represents District- 8, NY, which includes portions of Manhattan’s West Side, Lower Manhattan, and areas of Brooklyn. He currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee, and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.”

On table: highs and lows of gambling (Seacoast, 04/08/08 – NH)
“A discussion about the promise and perils of casino gambling in New Hampshire and New England will be held today at the University of New Hampshire. James Rafferty, a Rye resident who teaches a casino management class at the University of New Hampshire and has worked for three decades in the casino industry, will talk about the pros of expanded gambling with Richard McGowan, a Boston College Carroll School of Management professor and a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, who will focus mostly on the cons.”

Internet Gambling Law Spawns Debate As Frank Offers Sidebar Defending CUs (Credit Union Times, 04/09/08)
“Supporters of a federal law that would require financial institutions, including credit unions, to block transactions involving Internet gambling faced contentious questioning as regulators and financial institution representatives testified at a hearing designed to look into the law and its regulations. But credit union industry executives present at the hearing were cheered to hear Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, reassure them that, in his view, Congress will be unwilling to go along with the Treasury Department recommendations to overhaul the regulatory scheme that would eliminate the credit union charter.”

Still no clear way forward on Internet gambling matter (Antigua Sun, 04/07/08)
“The government may be prepared to make a statement on the current status of the Internet gambling dispute with the US as early as today, but early indications are that a proposal for the resolution of the trade dispute received from the US last week has not been met favourably by the government. The Antigua Sun understands that the American settlement proposal was discussed in Cabinet last Wednesday and was not well received.”

Online Poker Lures Players in Germany, Mums Risks (Deutsche Welle, 04/08/08)
“There’s no felt table, no free drinks and no poker face, but Internet gambling is booming in Germany. No one, however, talks about the online game’s risks and negative side-effects. Nine years after retiring from his professional tennis career, millionaire Boris Becker is cashing in on aces once again. He’s become the spokesman in a high-profile ad campaign for a poker Web site.”

media:
Man Arrested In Gambling Sting Says Cops Went Too Far (Live 5 News, 04/07/08 – SC)

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