Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (1/08/07)

articles:
Lawmaker pushes to legalize home poker games (The Sun News, 01/07/07)

Four states ‘doing table gaming right’ (Times West Virginian, 01/07/07)

Internet Prohibition = Poker Changes (Poker Player Newspaper, 01/08/07)

The Poker Shrink, Vol 21 — Problem Poker: Part I (Poker News, 12/29/06)

Italy Grants Online Casinos Licenses (Online Casino Reports, 01/04/07)

Police to monitor poker event at Truro lounge (The Chronicle Herald, 01/08/07)

blogs:
Poker in the Courts (Pokerati, 01/05/07)

press release:
World Poker Association Nears Milestone (World Poker Association, 01/08/07)

excerpts:
Lawmaker pushes to legalize home poker games (The Sun News, 01/07/07)
“Rep. Wallace Scarborough, R-Charleston, is drafting legislation to permit the games as long as they are done under the heading of “recreational activity.” The bill, still in the early stages of development, would be part of an overall effort to update the state’s 200-year-old gaming laws, which some say technically prohibits card and dice games and even some common board games like Monopoly. Scarborough called the restrictions “ridiculous, considering we live in a modern era.”


Four states ‘doing table gaming right’ (Times West Virginian, 01/07/07)
“Like any good gambler or investor, state lawmakers should first study the upside and downside of permitting table games at the state’s four race tracks, says Dr. Calvin A. Kent…”Mississippi, Louisiana, South Dakota and Indiana are states that are “doing table gaming right,” he said. “They have figured out how to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs,” Kent said. He is the vice president of Marshall University’s center for business and economic research.”

Internet Prohibition = Poker Changes (Poker Player Newspaper, 01/08/07)
“Prohibition II, the recent legislation aimed at stopping Americans from exercising their right to gamble on the Internet in the privacy (?) of their homes, is starting to have significant consequences for Poker. As Internet gambling and poker tournament sites shut down or radically re-invent themselves, one immediate impact hits the poker publishing and promotion industry.”

The Poker Shrink, Vol 21 — Problem Poker: Part I (Poker News, 12/29/06)
“Most importantly, I will attempt to translate the generalized issues of problem gambling into language and examples that illustrate the differences that ‘Problem Poker’ presents; problems that are unique to the way poker is played and abused by poker players.”

Italy Grants Online Casinos Licenses (Online Casino Reports, 01/04/07)
“This European country is becoming a new frontier for many online casinos companies around the world as they search for a new market to replace that of the United States. Since the UIGEA, or Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, many online casinos are closing their doors to American gamblers and moving their services to other nations. Sometimes, as this case shows, with success.”

Police to monitor poker event at Truro lounge (The Chronicle Herald, 01/08/07)
“Basically they needed a spot and I thought I’d make some revenues on beer sales.” He acknowledged being a little more hesitant given the police visit, but felt an obligation to players already on their way to Truro from throughout the Maritimes. He can’t understand why it’s such a big deal. “We’re not hurting anyone. Why would they try to ruin poker when people are coming out and just having a good time?”

blogs:
Poker in the Courts (Pokerati, 01/05/07)
“Some of the comments on this post are providing some good information about pending poker prosecutions. Would love to know a little more from some of you with court dates coming up … like specifically when is your trial, what court is it in, who is the judge, yadda yadda.”

press release:
World Poker Association Nears Milestone (World Poker Association, 01/08/07)
“The signing into law of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has shown the poker community many things about government, hypocrisy, and, most importantly, the need for us to stand up and stand together to protect the game that we love. The time is now, as we see our rights as poker players and our industry as a whole being challenged.”

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