Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (9/19/06)

Poker loses a hand in Springfield (KMTR, 09/19/06)
“It was not exactly a full house, but poker was a topic of discussion at Monday night’s Springfield City Council meeting. And local poker tournaments were dealt a losing hand…The Springfield council passed a new ordinance that now makes it illegal for organizers of poker tournaments to “make money” from tournaments.”

Backdoor Move to Ban Web Gambling Fizzles (RGT Online, 09/19/06)

“…Frist approached Sen. John Warner, R-Va., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and asked him to add an Internet gambling ban to a defense authorization bill, according to congressional staffers who requested anonymity. But after checking with Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, the ranking Democrat on the committee, Warner rejected the idea because an online wagering ban would not be relevant to defense legislation…”

PokerStars Holding PPA Tournaments this Week (CardPlayer, 09/19/06)
“Tournaments Will Connect Its Players with the Non-Profit Organization. This week, PokerStars is giving its players a chance at some free money along with an opportunity to help the poker cause in the United States. Every evening this week, PokerStars is holding special $1 buy-in that will connect its players with the non-profit poker rights organization Poker Players Alliance. PokerStars added $5,000 to each tournament, and by entering, PokerStars players will become an introductory member of the PPA…”


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