Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/11/06)

articles:
Taking A Chance: Poker games aid church but break the law (The Patriot News, 12/11/06)

New law cuts ‘Net gamblers’ line of finance (The Tennessean, 12/10/06)

Poker league builds presence in Hutch (The Hutchinson News, 12/11/06)

U.S. lawmakers to address online gaming, addiction (The Chart, 12/08/06)

Don’t stick a fork in Internet gambling (The Times, 12/08/06)

Casinos provide windfalls, problems (The Chart, 12/08/06)

How Jim Leach Lost (The Washington Post, 12/09/06)

How to avoid problems from playing poker (Town Crier, 12/11/06)

blog:
Action Poker Network Returns to U.S. Market (Kick Ass Poker, 12/09/06)

excerpts:
Taking A Chance: Poker games aid church but break the law (The Patriot News, 12/11/06)
“Parishioners hit on the idea of Texas Hold ’em tournaments as fundraisers last spring. The Rev. Paul Shuda said he approved the idea because bingo — the staple of Catholic Church fundraising — requires expensive investments in callers, cards and prizes. Poker draws younger people than the typical bingo crowd. Each event raises about $250 through entry fees and food sales. The tournaments fund an annual shore trip and a summer retreat for parish youth. There’s just one hitch: State police say the games are illegal.”


New law cuts ‘Net gamblers’ line of finance (The Tennessean, 12/10/06)
“But by making it illegal, is the government really protecting us from anything? They don’t protect us from tobacco, because they get a tax on that. They don’t protect us from alcohol, and they get a tax on that. “They say they are trying to protect the American public from themselves, protect them from becoming addicted, but they are just against Internet gambling because they can’t get a piece of it.”

Poker league builds presence in Hutch (The Hutchinson News, 12/11/06)
“The league has month-to-month agreements with each venue it operates in, he said. And though he loves the game of poker, Johnson looks at it as business as well. “I don’t sell poker,” he said. “I sell attendance. I turn your slow nights into your busiest. “Poker isn’t going to go away,” Johnson said. “That is evident by the number of mom and pop leagues and other games.”

U.S. lawmakers to address online gaming, addiction (The Chart, 12/08/06)
“The National Council of Problem Gambling currently is working to encourage its members to support a legislative measure introduced this year. Introduced by U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan (D-Ma.), HR 6009: The Comprehensive Awareness of Problem Gambling Act of 2006, currently allocates $71 million for problem gaming awareness and treatment.”

Don’t stick a fork in Internet gambling (The Times, 12/08/06)
“Avioli’s suggestion was for the industry to get together and create a single online site to bet the races, which is something the giant American-based casino companies would aspire to do with online gambling, in particular poker, if politicians ever get serious about taming the beast and using it as a legal source of tax revenues instead of allowing it to run unregulated.”ainment/entertainment/d757dc270a3768378625723c006d41bf.txt

Casinos provide windfalls, problems (The Chart, 12/08/06)
“Naturally, there are some people opposed to it,” said Kansas Rep. Doug Gatewood (R-Columbus). “I’m not a proponent of gambling myself, but I can see the advantages.” One of those advantages is the amount of revenue which is generated from the daily business of the casinos.”

How Jim Leach Lost (The Washington Post, 12/09/06)
“Mark Shields [op-ed, Nov. 11] said we Iowans “inexplicably” defeated 15-term Rep. Jim Leach (R); then David S. Broder [op-ed, Nov. 30] put some of the blame on the Poker Players Alliance and the Christian Coalition — both insidious forces — for Mr. Leach’s defeat. Hogwash!”

How to avoid problems from playing poker (Town Crier, 12/11/06)
“Gambling experts say there is no problem playing poker as long as it is played responsibly. What exactly does playing “responsibly” mean? According to the Responsible Gambling Council of Ontario, it starts with deciding on a loss limit ahead of time — and sticking to it.”

blog:
Action Poker Network Returns to U.S. Market (Kick Ass Poker, 12/09/06)
“The sale of Action Poker Network to Playsafe Holdings a couple of weeks ago can now be seen as a move designed to permit the reentry of the network into the U.S. market. In a release dated today (December 9, 2006), the network announced its return, effective immediately.”

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