Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/04/06)

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articles:
Leach looks toward life after Congress (Des Moines Register, 12/03/06)

How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Ban (All In, 12/04/06)

Where’s the charity in Texas Hold’em? (Porsmouth Herald, 12/03/06)

Gambling bills on their way (Portsmouth Herald, 12/03/06)

The Politics Of Poker Are Effective (Poker News, 12/03/06)

Poker Champ and Vice Presidential Candidate?: An Interview with Greg Raymer (PokerNews, 12/04/06)

blogs:

Poker Making a Comeback? (Rob Azueta, 12/02/06)

Party Poker to Return to the US in February? (Poker Blog, 12/02/06)

excerpts:
Leach looks toward life after Congress (Des Moines Register, 12/03/06)
“Yet he said that internal Republican polling about 10 days ahead of the election found him with a considerable lead, so there was a “big change at the end.” Some of it could have been the influence of online poker players angry with his sponsorship of a bill that banned Internet gambling, he said. Some could have been social conservatives displeased that he disavowed Republican mailings on gay marriage.”


How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Ban (All In, 12/04/06)

“To many online poker players, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act looms on the horizon like a mushroom cloud heralding the end. Many are horrified that Senator Bill Frist sneaked the Act onto an unrelated port securities bill in September. To the contrary, I believe the senator’s legislative legerdemain to be extremely fortunate.”

Where’s the charity in Texas Hold’em? (Porsmouth Herald, 12/03/06)
Texas Hold’em wagering in New Hampshire is estimated to be $100 million a year. Of that, a minimum of 35 percent of the gross, less the prize money, is required to go to charity. Who gets the remaining $65 million? Instead of the Legislature trying to rectify the situation that it has in part created, it will be coming back into session and lawmakers such as gambling proponent Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester, will again promote expansion of gambling in the state.

Gambling bills on their way (Portsmouth Herald, 12/03/06)
“The tracks have live racing and a busy simulcast wagering schedule. They are also increasingly popular venues for Texas Hold’em tournaments, an arrangement possible under state law if games are organized to benefit in part a charitable organization. The licensed game operators can organize the poker games at established venues, including bars and fraternal groups, as long as some of the proceeds benefits a charity.”

The Politics Of Poker Are Effective (Poker News, 12/03/06)
“When the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act passed through the Congress and was signed by President Bush in October, the outrage was palpable from every sector of the poker community. The Poker Players Alliance (and several other smaller organizational efforts) rose to inform American poker players and encourage them to take action against those responsible for driving the legislation through the American government.”

Poker Champ and Vice Presidential Candidate?: An Interview with Greg Raymer (PokerNews, 12/04/06)
“My overall impression of UIGEA is that it is a load of BS. The bill accomplishes nothing much in reality, but it gives the impression that it does. It is a further example of politicians passing a law not because they are trying to do the right thing, but because they think it will help them get re-elected.”

blogs:

Poker Making a Comeback? (Rob Azueta, 12/02/06)
“Suddenly, Bodog is reminding me that I have cash in my account. Poker Stars is trying to get me involved in several free rolls. Roy Rounder has begun sharing his expertise with me again. In short, the defeat of the Republicans last month appears to have sounded a charging bell for the online poker rooms. The law has not been repealed as far as I know, but it sounds like these guys are betting that it will be soon.”

Party Poker to Return to the US in February? (Poker Blog, 12/02/06)
“The internet poker forums are abuzz with rumor that PartyPoker is preparing for a surprise return to the United States in early 2007. Though we here at PokerBlog have many good friends at Party (at least for a little while longer, as they gave us the chip you see at the top of the blog), we have nothing resembling confirmation from headquarters.”

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