Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/23/08)


articles:

Stop work on enforcing Web gambling ban, lawmakers urge (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 04/23/08)

Lakewood City Council might end ban on minicasinos soon (The News Tribune, 04/23/08 – WA)

Senator betting on new gaming tax (Nashua Telegraph, 04/23/08 – NH)

Two states look at expanding poker (PokerListings, 04/22/08)

Poker fundraisers forced to fold ‘em (North Bay Nugget, 04/23/08)

media:
Fox Business Interview with Jeffrey Sandman (SSIGI, 04/22/08)

press release:
House Financial Services Committee Members Call on Congress to Prevent Implementation of Internet Gambling Ban (SSIGI, 04/23/08)

blogs:
Poker and the Law (House of Cards Radio, 04/22/08)

excerpts:
Stop work on enforcing Web gambling ban, lawmakers urge (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 04/23/08)
“Work on federal regulations to enforce an Internet gambling ban should stop, four lawmakers said in letters this week to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. “Given the many other priorities that are pending at your agencies, including the mortgage crisis … we believe it would be imprudent for you to devote additional agency resources to this Sisyphean task,” the lawmakers wrote. Sisyphus was a king in Greek mythology who was condemned to repeatedly roll a huge boulder up a hill only to watch it roll down again.”

Lakewood City Council might end ban on minicasinos soon (The News Tribune, 04/23/08 – WA)
“Lakewood’s 27-month ban on new minicasinos might end soon. In a vote tonight, the City Council could drop the moratorium, which has placed Lakewood in defiance of state gambling rules, and add zoning controls that allow new minicasinos. The establishments could open only along the Interstate 5 corridor where four are already located. The seven elected officials would thus bar house-banked cardrooms from most neighborhoods and the central business district, including Towne Center.”

Senator betting on new gaming tax (Nashua Telegraph, 04/23/08 – NH)
“Operators of wildly popular Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments that benefit New Hampshire charities don’t give a cut to the state and a state senator wants to change that. Sen. Robert Odell, R-Lempster, proposed Tuesday a 10 percent tax, contending this is a “big and getting bigger” industry that attracts at least $50 million and as much as $100 million in bets each year.”

Two states look at expanding poker (PokerListings, 04/22/08)
“Both Florida and Colorado are looking at measures that could expand the game of poker in both states. According to the Palm Beach Post, the Florida Senate has approved allowing around-the-clock poker play on weekends and 18-hour days during the week in the state.”

Poker fundraisers forced to fold ‘em (North Bay Nugget, 04/23/08)
“A monthly Texas hold’em tournament at the Rorab Shrine Club in North Bay has folded after provincial inspectors put the kibosh on several unsanctioned games in Timmins. Mac Bain, a city councillor who helped organize the local tournaments, said the club stopped hosting the poker games after several establishments in Timmins were advised in March by an inspector with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario that such card tournaments are illegal.”

media:
Fox Business Interview with Jeffrey Sandman (SSIGI, 04/22/08)
“Interview with the Spokesman for the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, Jeffrey Sandman”

press release:
House Financial Services Committee Members Call on Congress to Prevent Implementation of Internet Gambling Ban (SSIGI, 04/23/08)
“The Chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services and other leading committee members are seeking broad support for new legislation that would stop the U.S. government from taking any steps to implement regulations that require U.S. financial institutions to police Internet gambling.”

blogs:
Poker and the Law (House of Cards Radio, 04/22/08)
“I’ve just finished doing a few radio shows over the past two weeks — four shows to be exact. Half were about poker rooms; half were about the legalization of poker in the United States — especially the liberalization of poker laws regarding internet poker.”

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/23/08)

  1. Someone from the PPA needs to talk to Congressman Spencer Bachus ( R -Alabama ). He just received an award from a Christian organization for his opposition to ” illegal ” internet gambling.

    He doesn’t seem very poker friendly to me.

    See my blog above for my comment on this.

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