Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/20/06)

articles:
Online gambling a hot potato (Las Vegas Sun, 11/19/06)

Internet Gaming Law Gets Weird (Casino City Times, 11/19/06)

Recent Arrests Are Not Poker Related (CardPlayer, 11/18/06)

Masked gunmen hit poker tourney at VFW (Newsday, 11/20/06)

blog:
Regulating Internet betting within states (Online Gambling Box, 11/20/06)

Firsthand Account: Ace High (Pokerati, 11/18/06)

Dallas Poker Rooms Get SWATted. Again. (Reason Magazine, 11/20/06)

excerpts:

Online gambling a hot potato (Las Vegas Sun, 11/19/06)
“While the gaming industry is heralding the appointment of casino-friendly Democrats to key positions of power in Washington, experts warn that it could take many years before Congress will be willing to consider regulating online gambling. “If it comes up again, they’re going to say, ‘We’ve already dealt with that issue,’ ” said David Stewart, a Washington attorney who advises the American Gaming Association. “They were exhausted by this latest effort.”


Internet Gaming Law Gets Weird (Casino City Times, 11/19/06)
“An additional element of craziness has been introduced: Rep Robert Scott (D-VA) proposed an amendment to fine criminally anyone who merely makes a bet online. Scott may have been trying to point out Congress’s hypocrisy in only going after operators. But other members of Congress are now declaring that if the federal government really wants to get rid of Internet gambling, it should, for the first time, make betting a federal crime.”

Recent Arrests Are Not Poker Related (CardPlayer, 11/18/06)
“The report said: “Today’s case represents the first time Internet gambling charges have been brought against anyone in this country since President Bush signed into law last month the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.” I have received a number of e-mails asking for an interpretation of what’s going on. First, the news reports are misleading as the arrests have nothing to do with the new law that was passed.”

Masked gunmen hit poker tourney at VFW (Newsday, 11/20/06)
“Four armed robbers in ski masks hit the jackpot when they pushed their way into a Franklin Square poker tournament and made off with cash, wallets and cell phones, Nassau police said…The poker event – which police described as a “fundraiser” – is held regularly at the VFW hall by a group called All American Poker, according to online posts advertising the tournaments.”

blog:
Regulating Internet betting within states (Online Gambling Box, 11/20/06)
“In California for instance poker rooms are working on legislation that would legalize Internet poker wagering for California residents. In 2003 the Nevada Legislature passed a bill allowing regulators to study whether Internet gambling could be regulated.”

Firsthand Account: Ace High (Pokerati, 11/18/06)
“After a few brief moments of scampering around and watching a few people make valiant attempts at scaling these walls, SWAT came out the back door and started waving their M-16s around as the’ve been known to do when bringing poker players to justice.”

Dallas Poker Rooms Get SWATted. Again. (Reason Magazine, 11/20/06)
“For the second time in two months, SWAT teams in Dallas fanned out to knock off the city’s underground poker rooms. The Pokerati blog has firsthand accounts of police breaking through windows, kicking down doors, and charging — assault weapons drawn — into peaceful gatherings of people playing cards.”

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