Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/27/06)

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articles:
Tide, Cowboys handling gambling concern differently (Sports Illustrated, 12/26/06)

Opinion: How the NFL Grinch Stole Poker’s Christmas (Poker News, 12/26/06)

The Ban on Internet Poker: Only an Inconvenience (All In, 12/20/06)

Poker (American Heritage, 12/19/06)

Cardholder levels playing field (The North Platte Telegraph, 12/19/06)

DA Dugan to hold social gaming meeting (KTVZ.com, 12/19/06)

The Year in Poker (Poker News, 12/06)

blog:
Poker Players Alliance to develop strong local presence in 2007 (Lou Krieger, 12/17/06)

excerpts:

Tide, Cowboys handling gambling concern differently (Sports Illustrated, 12/26/06)
“Alabama football players in town for the Independence Bowl didn’t waste time getting into one of the prime attractions in Shreveport: casinos. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has prohibited his team from visiting the gambling halls. But The Oklahoman newspaper reported Tuesday that some Crimson Tide players spent Christmas Eve in casinos after arriving for the game, which will be played Thursday afternoon…”


Opinion: How the NFL Grinch Stole Poker’s Christmas (Poker News, 12/26/06)
“Apparently the NFL hired big buck lobbyist Marty Gold, (not coincidently) former counsel to Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, to push through the UIGEA (again not coincidently) which exempted fantasy football. If the lobbyist wasn’t enough, both the current NFL Chairman Roger Goodell and past chairman Paul Tagliabue wrote Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-Va.) in an attempt to sway him to tag the UIGEA onto “must pass” defense spending legislation…”

The Ban on Internet Poker: Only an Inconvenience (All In, 12/20/06)
“First, gambling on-line is not a crime in the U.S., except in certain states. It’s a misdemeanor in seven states and a felony in one. Ironically, these states have billion dollar legalized gambling industries, so it’s arguably a matter of hypocrisy, tax avarice, cronyism, corruption, and/or political contributions…”

Poker (American Heritage, 12/19/06)
“The very American career of the card game you can learn in 10 minutes and work on for the rest of your life. In 1875 a writer for the New York Times was “forced to the conclusion that the national game is not baseball, but poker.” “Rich and poor, high and low, good and bad, male and female yield to the fascinations of Poker,” another observer wrote in 1889.”

Cardholder levels playing field (The North Platte Telegraph, 12/19/06)
“Once that final Texas Hold ‘Em tournament version cardholder was complete, and this time assembled from plastic, Farrell and Hofferber presented it to Johnson. They dubbed it the “MattVision.”…Johnson didn’t think so. He kept telling the two men there were many other people, with other physical problems when it came to holding a hand of cards, who could benefit from their idea. At Johnson’s urging they took a MattVision to a local retirement home…”

DA Dugan to hold social gaming meeting (KTVZ.com, 12/19/06)
“Before proceeding with any further investigation, much less prosecution. Deschutes County DA Mike Dugan is inviting “social gaming” participants and operators to a meeting next month, to make sure they know the rules governing poker, blackjack and the like…”

The Year in Poker (Poker News, 12/06)
“Over the coming days, Pokernews.com will share a retrospective of 2006 with you, a sharing of our work and thoughts with our poker friends and family. 2006 was an incredible year, filled with incredible highs for poker, with (for the first time in three years) some serious low points.”

blog:
Poker Players Alliance to develop strong local presence in 2007 (Lou Krieger, 12/17/06)
“We felt it was important that we have a strong local, regional and state organization that can press the agenda at home when their (Congressional representatives) are back in their local jurisdictions,” said Michael Bolcerek, the president of the PPA. “They can work with local media that might be more interested in speaking with a local member of the Poker Players Alliances than with myself.”

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