Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/14/08)

articles:
Official moves to block bet regulations (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 04/12/08)

18 poker players plead guilty; one requests jury trial (The Post and Courier, 04/14/08)

Selected Coverage of the Hanahan SC Poker Raid (click here)

Washington State Online Poker Gambling Court Date Now May 15 (Poker Pages, 04/14/08)

Gambling operation could have been going on for years (KSL, 04/11/08 – UT)

Gamblers can roll the dice elsewhere (Nassau County Record, 04/11/08 – FL)

AP: Missouri Capital City Voters Again Reject Casinos (Missourian, 04/09/08 – MO)

‘Really, gambling is illegal’ (Kane County Chronicle, 04/14/08 – IL)

ePassporte Discontinues US Poker Deposit Services (Poker News, 04/12/08)

media:
Podcast: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) (PocketFives, 04/11/08)

press release:
Frank, Paul Introduce Legislation to Stop Implementation of Antigambling Regulations
(House Financial Services Committee, 04/11/08)


excerpts:

Official moves to block bet regulations (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 04/12/08)
“Regulations to enforce an Internet gambling ban would be blocked under a bill introduced this week by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee. “These regulations are impossible to implement without placing a significant burden on the payments system and financial institutions,” Frank said in a statement on Friday. Frank’s bill, which is co-sponsored by Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, was introduced Thursday and would prohibit the Department of Treasury and the Federal Reserve from proposing regulations to enforce the Internet gambling ban enacted in 2006.”

18 poker players plead guilty; one requests jury trial (The Post and Courier, 04/14/08)
“Eighteen of the people charged in the recent poker roundup each pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful gaming Monday in Charleston County Magistrate’s Court. Some of those who pleaded guilty in Magistrate David Coker’s courtroom faced as many as 8 counts of unlawful gaming. Most received fines of between $154 and $257 each. By pleading guilty to one count, they each have the opportunity to have their records expunged in 3 years.”

Selected Coverage of the Hanahan SC Poker Raid (click here)

Washington State Online Poker Gambling Court Date Now May 15 (Poker Pages, 04/14/08)
“Lee Rousso, lawyer, former gubernatorial candidate and Poker Players Alliance (PPA) regional director for the state of Washington, noted in his most recent PPA update that he received a very favorable ruling towards his case challenging the criminalization of online poker and online gambling in Washington state, clearing the way for his case to be heard in court on May 15. Rousso’s case challenges the constitutionality of a 2006 Washington law making online poker and online gambling a Class C felony. He filed the lawsuit on the first day of the 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event.”

Gambling operation could have been going on for years (KSL, 04/11/08 – UT)
“A Salt Lake County Sheriff’s deputy is suspected of operating a high-stakes gambling ring. The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office says it does not actively seek out illegal gaming operations like the one that was busted last night, and that is quite possibly the reason this ring may have been operating for years. Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Lt. Paul Jaroscak said, “The vast majority of these things are from citizen complaints that come to us and say, ‘You need to look and see what it is.'”

Gamblers can roll the dice elsewhere (Nassau County Record, 04/11/08 – FL)
“Hilliard officials plan to say “no dice” to gaming establishments within town limits. The town council voted unanimously on first reading to uphold a proposed ordinance banning “777 amusement centers,” because town officials want to “maintain the character of the town of Hilliard and prohibit these types of establishments in the town’s limited commercial district,” according to the ordinance.”

AP: Missouri Capital City Voters Again Reject Casinos (Missourian, 04/09/08 – MO)
“State capital residents on Tuesday soundly rejected an effort to overturn a 13-year-old ban on casino gambling. Unofficial results from the Cole County Board of Elections show that roughly 62 percent of voters opposed a pair of measures that could have opened the gates to casino gambling along the Missouri River in this historic seat of state government. The first measure, known as Proposition B, would have repealed a prohibition on casino and riverboat gambling that voters added to the city charter in 1995. Only 38 percent of the 9,090 votes cast favored that change.”

‘Really, gambling is illegal’ (Kane County Chronicle, 04/14/08 – IL)
“Squares, brackets, the over-under, covering the spread. Some common terms to a lot of people – the vast majority of whom aren’t in jail. Sports betting seems to be mainstream activity, despite state laws prohibiting gambling. “Really, gambling is illegal,” Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti said. “You could make the argument that any casual, friends playing a poker game could violate the law.”

ePassporte Discontinues US Poker Deposit Services (Poker News, 04/12/08)
“According to reports emanating from numerous sources, online payment processor ePassporte has discontinued its deposit services to online poker sites for US residents. A statement announcing ePassporte’s decision to withdraw was previously mailed to officials of sites using the service, details of which are now being leaked to the general public. To date, ePassporte has not issued a public statement on their decision to withdraw, but were pressured by US authorities to exit the market. As ePassporte’s letter stated, the move was in response to “a widespread investigation of Internet gambling, including poker, by the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Southern New York.”

media:
Podcast: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) (PocketFives, 04/11/08)
“This week’s Podcast features an interview with U.S. Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), who calls-in following an April 2nd Congressional hearing entitled “UIGEA Regulations: Burden Without Benefit?”  Our second guest this week is Top 100 ranked online tournament player Joshua “bbbbb33″ Weiser from Philadelphia”

press release:
Frank, Paul Introduce Legislation to Stop Implementation of Antigambling Regulations
(House Financial Services Committee, 04/11/08)

“House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-MA) and senior Financial Services Committee member Ron Paul (R-TX) have introduced legislation to prohibit the federal government from issuing regulations called for in the called for in the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.  The legislation, H.R. 5767, will forbid the Secretary of the Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from proposing, prescribing, or implementing any regulation that requires the financial services industry to identify and block internet gambling transactions.”

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2 responses to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/14/08)

  1. The snippet quotes that an Internet gambling ban “infringes upon two freedoms that are important to many Americans: the ability to do with their money as they see fit, and the freedom from government interference with the Internet.” The government has a lot to answer for in the way of why most of the world is at war. Let us live our lives the way we want.

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