Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/21/08)

articles:
2 ordered to stand trial in Hempfield poker case (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 04/19/08 – PA)

Proposal would abolish $5 bet limit in Colorado casinos (KRDO, 04/21/08 – CO)

Paper explores legality of poker tournaments (The Daily Tar Heel, 04/21/08 – NC)

Florida Poker Scene (Poker Player Newspaper, 04/14/08 – FL)

Online poker group antes up (Politico, 04/21/08)

Mohawk territory gambling on a risky business (Toronto Star, 04/19/08)

press release:
Congressman Robert Wexler Joins the PocketFives.com Podcast (PocketFives, 04/20/08)

excerpts:

2 ordered to stand trial in Hempfield poker case (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 04/19/08 – PA)
“Two Westmoreland County men were held for trial Friday on charges of operating illegal Texas Hold’Em poker tournaments last year at the Fort Allen Volunteer Fire Department in Hempfield. Attorneys for Ronald Boggs and James Earl Miller unsuccessfully argued during a hearing before District Judge Mark Mansour the cases should not be prosecuted under the state’s gambling statutes because poker is a game of skill, not chance.”


Proposal would abolish $5 bet limit in Colorado casinos (KRDO, 04/21/08 – CO)
“A new proposal at the state Capitol would ask voters to eliminate the $5 bet limit on poker, blackjack and slot machines at Colorado casinos. The proposal from Democratic Sen. Ron Tupa of Boulder was released Monday. The proposal must be approved by two-thirds of the members of the House and Senate in order to get on November’s ballot. Voters would have the final say.”

Paper explores legality of poker tournaments (The Daily Tar Heel, 04/21/08 – NC)
“Nourish International’s annual Hold ‘Em For Hunger poker tournament was scheduled for Sunday. The event was canceled in March because of concerns about its legality, an issue addressed by a UNC law student in an award-winning paper. Blake Griffin’s paper, “North Carolina Gambling Law: Joker Club LLC v. Hardin,” compared Nourish’s annual poker fundraiser to a recent case in which a company wanted to open a poker club in Durham County but couldn’t because gambling is illegal in North Carolina.”

Florida Poker Scene (Poker Player Newspaper, 04/14/08 – FL)
“In my opinion, after Nevada, California, and Oklahoma, Florida is now the fourth best state for low-limit poker. It has not always been so. In 1996 Florida legalized poker-sort of. They allowed games of minimal stakes, so small that the size of the entire pot could not get above $10. Players would bet 25 cents or 50 cents until the pot grew to $10; and then all betting would cease, with the dealer dealing out the remaining cards with no betting.”

Online poker group antes up (Politico, 04/21/08)
“The deck may still be stacked against online poker enthusiasts, but an advocacy group that represents them is suddenly holding a whole lot of chips. The Poker Players Alliance is expected to announce Tuesday that it has registered more than one million members and will be organizing both a political action committee and a voter-registration drive as part of its “If You Play, Have a Say” campaign.”

Mohawk territory gambling on a risky business (Toronto Star, 04/19/08)
“The handful of poker dens that have sprouted up in this proud Mohawk territory of about 10,000 people is just a fraction of the lucrative gambling operation that has taken root along the St. Lawrence River’s south shore. It seems an unlikely area – one heavily steeped in honour and tradition – for such a risky business to flourish.”

press release:
Congressman Robert Wexler Joins the PocketFives.com Podcast (PocketFives, 04/20/08)
“The month of April has been a roller coaster ride for online poker players in Washington, D.C., where bills in Congress would undo the harm inflicted by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), which was passed back in 2006 by a Republican regime. Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) is at the forefront of the fight for online poker players and has introduced HR 2610, the Skill Game Protection Act. The bill would exempt poker, bridge, mah jong, and other games of skill from the UIGEA and Wire Act of 1961, providing immediate relief for online poker players.”

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