Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/21/06)

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article:
Gambling portal webmasters endure the UIGEA (Casino City Times, 11/21/06)

Parents urged to consider dangers of gambling gifts for kids (The Grants Pass Climate, 11/20/06)

Players Refuse to Fold to New Rules (The Harvard Crimson, 11/21/06)

Global Gaming Expo 2006: Hey, where did everybody go? (Casino City Times, 11/20/06)

media:
Dallas Vice & SWAT Raid Illegal Poker Games (CBS 11, 11/20/06)

blogs:
Yeah, People Still Play Poker–When SWAT Isn’t Arresting Them (Dallas Observer, 11/20/06)

Annapolis Capital: Pasadena Senior to Play in World Series of Poker (Crablaw’s Maryland Weekly, 11/21/06)

Busted Players in the Tank (Pokerati, 11/20/06)

excerpts:

Gambling portal webmasters endure the UIGEA (Casino City Times, 11/21/06)
“Beyond making changes to ensure their business remains viable, many portals are also taking steps to make sure they are legally safe as well. Some site owners are relocating their servers to foreign countries for fear that the U.S. Justice Department may one day order Internet Service Providers to shut down gambling portals.”

Parents urged to consider dangers of gambling gifts for kids (The Grants Pass Climate, 11/20/06)
“This is not to say that if your child is gambling you need to panic — most kids engage in some form of gambling and most don’t develop gambling problems. But you do need to recognize that gambling carries risk and approach it accordingly, as you would tobacco use, drug use or fastening your car’s seatbelt.”

Players Refuse to Fold to New Rules (The Harvard Crimson, 11/21/06)
“It really hurts the people that just play the game for fun and a little extra spending cash.” Warshauer, who placed in the top three in an online tournament sponsored by truepoker.com and walked away with $10,000, said he no longer plays the game. Moreover, the restrictions may only accomplish the opposite of their intended corollary. “By driving online gaming ever and ever deeper into the internet ‘black market,’ Congress is eliminating transparency from the process and endangering players,” Deringer said”

Global Gaming Expo 2006: Hey, where did everybody go? (Casino City Times, 11/20/06)
The fallout, he said, was that some of the more popular foreign-run Internet gambling sites that try and screen out minors and promote responsible gaming, have decided not to accept wagers from Americans because of the law. “The opposite is happening of what the proponents had hoped,” Fahrenkopf said. “The responsible Internet gambling sites are getting out of doing business with American players. There are still 2,000 or so other gambling sites still out there.”

media:
Dallas Vice & SWAT Raid Illegal Poker Games (CBS 11, 11/20/06)
“Over the past weekend, Dallas Vice and SWAT officers were involved in one of the largest illegal gambling raids in North Texas. Three simultaneous raids are an indication of how popular illegal poker games are in Dallas, and how determined officers are to stop them. Some see the games as “friendly,” but police call it promotion of gambling, and conducted the weekend raids to flush out a growing underground industry.” [Yahoo Video]

blogs:
Yeah, People Still Play Poker–When SWAT Isn’t Arresting Them (Dallas Observer, 11/20/06)
Jackie’s, JB’s and Ace-High (the latter of which, Dan says, is run by the guy who, in January, will have to stand trial for running the previously cracked Aces). All the eyewitnesses say the same thing, more or less: SWAT banged on the doors or kicked in windows, entered with automatic weapons drawn and spent the night identifying and ticketing the players.

Annapolis Capital: Pasadena Senior to Play in World Series of Poker (Crablaw’s Maryland Weekly, 11/21/06)
“Private poker games compete with speeding and adultery as the most popular illegal activities in Maryland. In DC, private games with no “rake” (house cut) and no professional dealers are legal; in Maryland they are technically illegal but they are said to be common among members of the Fraternal Order of Police. The rub comes in when it’s a standing game, a nuisance or a house is making money. Then a bust can happen…”

Busted Players in the Tank (Pokerati, 11/20/06)
“Willy in Dallas writes in with some info that might interest attorneys and anyone who might be looking for legal counsel. Basically, as a poker player with a case pending, he’s calling for a mass reraise…”

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