Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/27/06) 2nd Ed.

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articles:
Who plays Poker? (Poker Player Newspaper, 12/25/06)

Clubs want table games (The Charleston Gazette, 12/22/06)

Card club isn’t such a bad deal (Stockton Record, 12/16/06)

WSOP Discusses Harrah’s Buyout and Legislation (Pocket Fives, 12/20/06)

National Council on Problem Gambling Head on PocketFives Podcast (Pocket Fives, 12/19/06)

blogs:
Defend the Poker Players (Liberty For All, 12/17/06)

Sovereignity vs. the Internet: The Battle Continues (Kick Ass Poker, 12/17/06)

excerpts:
Who plays Poker? (Poker Player Newspaper, 12/25/06)
“A highly democratic pursuit, Poker attracts people of all nationalities, religions, levels of wealth and wackiness. Everyone has vote as long as they have a chip and a chair. People who play poker come in all shapes and sizes, attitudes and attributes. The game’s got winners and whiners, losers and boozers, heroes and zeroes, champs and chumps…”


Clubs want table games (The Charleston Gazette, 12/22/06)
“Bane noted that the fraternal clubs donate a substantial portion of their proceeds to charity. He also said that table games could draw new, younger members to the fraternal clubs. Their membership has dropped in recent years, he said, in part because of the competition from the racetracks…”

Card club isn’t such a bad deal (Stockton Record, 12/16/06)
I’ve played poker in card houses virtually all my adult life – except when raising my children – and never have seen what alarmists and doomsayers espouse. I play with a lot of retired people. Poker always has appealed to high-quality people, including many of our presidents.

WSOP Discusses Harrah’s Buyout and Legislation (Pocket Fives, 12/20/06)
“The deal was the climax of a long negotiation process between the entities. Included in these discussions was the World Series of Poker, to which Harrah’s owns the full rights. Gary Thompson, Director of Communications for the WSOP, sat down with PocketFives.com to discuss the buyout as well as the recent online gambling legislation…”

National Council on Problem Gambling Head on PocketFives Podcast (Pocket Fives, 12/19/06)
“With poker and with other skill-based games, one of the problems is that, when people believe there’s a difference between luck and skill, many people in general and especially those with gambling problems believe that their skill or luck is so much better than anyone else’s. The more skill a game is perceived to have, the more trouble people can get into because people believe they are going to be able to beat the system…”

blogs:
Defend the Poker Players (Liberty For All, 12/17/06)

“Real Americans know: Internet poker players are not terrorists. They are regular Americans, just like you and me. They have a hobby. They play cards. To meet more opponents, they play over the Internet: On the Internet, they can meet thousands of new opponents, from the safety of their own living rooms…”

Sovereignity vs. the Internet: The Battle Continues (Kick Ass Poker, 12/17/06)
“My piece mentioned how Spain has now joined Italy and the U.K. in opening the doors to businesses conducting Internet gambling, and South Africa is also considering such legislation. On the flip side, however, comes the news that France recently arrested two Austrian online-gaming executives, and Germany is considering its own version of legislation along the lines of the UIGEA…”

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