Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/01/08)

articles:
Bill to stop UIGEA gains supporters (Poker Listings, 04/30/08)

Internet gambling ban architect frustrated with regulation delays (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 04/30/08)

Senate committee proposes 18% gambling tax (The Telegraph, 05/01/08 – NH)

Poker fans gain ally in Washington state (PokerListings, 04/29/08 – WA)

Higher stakes gambling could be on ballot (Denver Post, 04/29/08 – CO)

L.I. Cops Arrest Man for Running Gambling Hall (1010 Wins, 04/28/08 – NY)

Poker Players Fight the Law in South Carolina (CardPlayer, 04/28/08 – SC)

EDITORIAL: Overturning the Web gambling ban (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 04/26/08)

Seidel’s success puts him atop POY list (PokerListings, 04/26/08)

Proving Poker is a Game of Skill (Poker Player Newspaper, 04/27/08)

River Card Room gets a full house on weekends (Union Leader, 04/26/08 – NH)

Table games income jumps (The Charleston Gazette, 04/29/08 – WV)

First poker hands dealt at Fort Pierce Jai-Alai (TCPalm, 04/28/08 – FL)

State lawmakers ponder legalizing Internet horse wagers (WQAD, 04/28/08 – IL)

Investor seeks Ohio casino (The Enquirer, 05/01/08 – OH)

Two jailed over million-kronor poker tournament (The Local, 04/29/08)

media:
Lee Rousso Fights for Online Poker (Online Casino Reports, 04/30/08 – WA)

excerpts
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Bill to stop UIGEA gains supporters (Poker Listings, 04/30/08)
“Thursday was a busy day for Barney Frank and Ron Paul’s bill to stop the implementation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Ten representatives signed on as cosponsors to support H.R. 5767 that day. H.R. 5767 was introduced in the House of Representatives April 10 by Frank (D-Mass.) with Paul (R-Texas) as its initial cosponsor. The bill is meant to prevent the Treasury Department and U.S. Federal Reserve from continuing work on the UIGEA.”


Internet gambling ban architect frustrated with regulation delays (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 04/30/08)
“The chief architect of the Internet gambling ban on Tuesday said he is losing patience with the Federal Reserve and the Department of Treasury as they struggle to craft regulations to enforce the ban. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., said the regulations are a year overdue, according to the 2006 prohibition statute. “The longer it goes the less certainty there is,” said Kyl, who was the first lawmaker to launch an effort to ban Internet gambling in 1996.”

Senate committee proposes 18% gambling tax (The Telegraph, 05/01/08 – NH)
“An 18 percent sales tax on bets at poker tournaments gained a pivotal approval from a State Senate committee this week. The new levy is a tradeoff in exchange for increasing the allowed bets at such games from $2 to $5. But gaming operators and their lobbyists warned such a high levy would put them out of business costing the charities in the state millions a year in lost revenue.”

Poker fans gain ally in Washington state (PokerListings, 04/29/08 – WA)
“Online poker players in Washington have another ally in their battle against the online gambling ban in the state. In a radio interview last week, gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi expressed his opposition to the ban.”

Higher stakes gambling could be on ballot (Denver Post, 04/29/08 – CO)
“One attempt to raise the betting limit at Colorado casinos died today in a Senate committe, but another one is still alive. The committee rejected a proposal to ask voters to get rid of the $5 bet limit to bring in millions in extra tax revenue, partly because of fears of cluttering the November ballot with too many proposals. But casinos are working on a ballot initiative of their own that would open the door to raising the bet limit up to $100, as well as expanding casino hours and adding roulette and craps games.”

L.I. Cops Arrest Man for Running Gambling Hall (1010 Wins, 04/28/08 – NY)
“Police say a Long Island man was running an illegal gambling hall where players would bet in cash games and tournaments. Suffolk County Police say an undercover investigation at the William Paca Lodge in West Babylon revealed that about 25 to 35 people were betting on card games nightly.”

Poker Players Fight the Law in South Carolina (CardPlayer, 04/28/08 – SC)
“In South Carolina authorities have taken up the task of wiping out home poker by investigating games and then raiding them with force usually reserved for drug busts. The law the police are using to nail these players has been on the books since 1802 and restricts the playing of any type of game in one’s home that uses dice or cards.”

EDITORIAL: Overturning the Web gambling ban (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 04/26/08)
“If repeal of legislation won’t fly, neutering it just might Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, has long been a foe of the federal ban on Internet gambling. He’s failed so far, however, to muster enough support to repeal the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. So he and others are now trying another approach: telling federal bureaucrats to pretend the law doesn’t exist.”

Seidel’s success puts him atop POY list (PokerListings, 04/26/08)
“While the rest of the world is enjoying a poker boom, the players who kicked it off in the United States are still struggling against the UIGEA. Seidel says he remains hopeful that better days are ahead for online poker. “I get the sense more recently that the legislation and the public is starting to move our way,” said Seidel. “I think it was really significant that the Poker Players Alliance got to one million members recently. I think that’ll give us some clout.”

Proving Poker is a Game of Skill (Poker Player Newspaper, 04/27/08)
“How can we make poker legal? The cleanest way is to get a statute passed through the state legislature. In my book, Gambling And The Law, I show how California became the draw poker capital of the world because the state enacted laws in the 19th century that outlawed specific games, like 21 and faro, but left draw poker off the list.”

River Card Room gets a full house on weekends (Union Leader, 04/26/08 – NH)
“The River Card Room, a poker hall in Granite Town Plaza that gives a percentage of its profits to charity, is celebrating its grand opening this weekend. The River Card Room, offering 25 tables of Texas Hold’em poker, has been up and running since January and has raised more than $40,000 for local charities, according to spokesman James Engel.”

Table games income jumps (The Charleston Gazette, 04/29/08 – WV)
“Gross receipts for casino-style table games at two Northern Panhandle resorts jumped 14 percent in March, topping $7.4 million, according to figures from the state Lottery Commission. Table games at Mountaineer Racetrack and Wheeling Island have taken in $26 million since their launch late last year. Both tracks began operating a limited number of poker tables in mid-November, then launched a full array of table games late in December.”

First poker hands dealt at Fort Pierce Jai-Alai (TCPalm, 04/28/08 – FL)
“Deal ‘em. The long-awaited new poker room at the Fort Pierce Fronton opened at 6 p.m. Monday and will be open seven days a week. “The state just finished up their final inspection and we will be open this evening,” fronton assistant general manager Stu Neiman said Monday afternoon.”

State lawmakers ponder legalizing Internet horse wagers (WQAD, 04/28/08 – IL)
“Betting track officials say Illinois is squandering an opportunity with Internet betting. State legislators could be ready this spring to approve betting on horse races over the Internet or telephone. Roy Arnold is the president at Arlington Park in Chicago’s suburbs.”

Investor seeks Ohio casino (The Enquirer, 05/01/08 – OH)
“Casino operator and World Poker Tour co-founder Lyle Berman has joined the coalition seeking to legalize gambling in Ohio to build a destination gambling resort in Wilmington. Though Ohio voters have shot down gambling referendums twice in the last 10 years, Berman says he likes the odds for MyOhioNow.com, which is trying to gather 402,225 signatures to place a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot.”

Two jailed over million-kronor poker tournament (The Local, 04/29/08)
“Two men have been jailed by a court in western Sweden after they were found guilty of organizing an illegal million-kronor poker tournament involving 700 people. The men were sentenced by Uddevalla District Court to six months and eight months in jail respectively. Of the four remaining men charged in the case, two were fined the equivalent of 80 days’ wages and two were cleared of the charges of illegal gambling.”

media:
Lee Rousso Fights for Online Poker (Online Casino Reports, 04/30/08 – WA)
“Ahead of his May 15 Constitutional challenge in a Washington state court, Mr. Lee Rousso has talked to us about poker politics.”

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3 responses to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/01/08)

  1. Come on and listen up – if Barney Frank and Ron Paul have the support behind them that they need to defeat this battle, then this will urge them even more to get the result they fight so hard for.

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