Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/16/08)

articles:
Legislators skirt revising gaming law (The Post and Courier, 04/16/08 – SC)

Police raid Bangor poker tournament (Bangor Daily News, 04/16/08 – ME)

Viewpoint: Ex-candidate deals his own hand against gambling act (The Daily Gamecock, 04/16/08)

Shooting dice comes up trouble for 4 men (Daily Leader, 04/15/08 – MS)

Bill would halve budget for gambling treatment (The Des Moines Register, 04/16/08 – IA)

blogs:
ePassporte no longer available for poker players (Dead Money, 04/15/08)

The Pros Speak (Again): Howard Lederer (Poker From the Rail, 04/15/08)

The Pros Speak: Chris Ferguson (Poker From the Rail, 04/08/08)

excerpts:
Legislators skirt revising gaming law (The Post and Courier, 04/16/08 – SC)
“Some of them say it’s silly that Monopoly, Go Fish and arcade games are against the law. And some might even believe it’s a waste of police time to bust penny-ante kitchen-table poker games. But don’t expect state lawmakers to do anything about it anytime soon. That’s one debate that’s just too controversial to take up in the General Assembly right now.”


Police raid Bangor poker tournament (Bangor Daily News, 04/16/08 – ME)
“When Maine State Police raided the 24-Hour Club on Lincoln Street on Sunday afternoon, they found three tables covered with poker chips and about 30 people playing poker. What they didn’t find was a tournament games license to hold the card game, Lt. David Bowler, commanding officer for the state police special investigation unit, said Tuesday.”

Viewpoint: Ex-candidate deals his own hand against gambling act (The Daily Gamecock, 04/16/08)
“Ron Paul is all-in. Though better known for his failed presidential run and undeniably cool blimp, the Texas representative has introduced HR 5767, which would effectively eliminate enforcement of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Paul, along with Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, revealed the bill shortly after a House Financial Services Committee hearing entitled “UIGEA Regulations: Burden Without Benefit?”

Shooting dice comes up trouble for 4 men (Daily Leader, 04/15/08 – MS)
“Police Chief Pap Henderson said while arrests for gambling are rare in Brookhaven, it is an illegal activity to play cards, shoot dice or play other games of risk for money. “Gambling in the city of Brookhaven is illegal, especially in the presence of a law enforcement officer,” he said.”

Bill would halve budget for gambling treatment (The Des Moines Register, 04/16/08 – IA)
“Legislators are poised to cut gambling-addiction treatment money roughly in half, at a time when the casino industry is seeing record business. A spending bill being crafted by a Senate committee would cut $2.9 million in state money for gambling-addiction treatment programs, Iowa Department of Public Health officials estimate. It would leave about $2.2 million, plus several hundred thousand dollars expected to be left over from the current year’s $5.1 million budget.”

blogs:
ePassporte no longer available for poker players (Dead Money, 04/15/08)
“With satellites for the World Series of Poker heating up online, some players will have to find a different way to get money deposited into their accounts. Numerous poker Web sites are reporting that e-wallet service ePassporte has pulled the plug on its customers in the U.S. market.”

The Pros Speak (Again): Howard Lederer (Poker From the Rail, 04/15/08)
“In our last post, Chris Ferguson sat down and shared his thoughts on the UIGEA and the state of online poker. This week, we were able to talk to Howard Lederer and get his perspective as well. Speaking as a PPA board member, he discussed what he sees as a favorable future for online poker. Here’s what Howard had to say, in his own words:”

The Pros Speak: Chris Ferguson (Poker From the Rail, 04/08/08)
“Following the recent UIGEA hearings in Washington D.C., there’s been more positive coverage (a bit of light at the end of the tunnel?!) of the state of affairs for online poker. In brief, it’s been clearly established that there isn’t an effective method in place for blocking transactions that fund something called “illegal wagering,” banks can’t and won’t effectively police this, and no one has been able to identify exactly what unlawful Internet gambling is. On the whole, it’s extremely vague and incredibly ineffective at achieving any positive end.”

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