Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (1/11/07)

articles:
Man pleads guilty to playing poker (The Post and Courier, 01/11/07)

Making A Difference (The Oregonian, 01/11/07)

Authorities raid suspected gambling ring (Gainesville Times, 01/11/07)

Turkey Rules Against Online Poker & Online Gambling (Poker News, 01/10/07)

Jury takes masterclass in poker for high stakes (The Daily Mail, 01/10/07)

Texas Hold’em Poker on trial in landmark UK case (Poker Pages, 01/11/07)

excerpts:

Man pleads guilty to playing poker (The Post and Courier, 01/11/07)
“Leach paid a $125 Mount Pleasant court fine in connection with the April 2005 police raid on a house on Glencoe Street. Leach said he expects the rest of the group to stay united in their effort to legalize home games of poker.”


Making A Difference (The Oregonian, 01/11/07)
“For almost three months, David Hickman, director of operations for All-In Entertainment, has been spearheading the food drive. The league reaches from Tillamook to Gresham to Eugene but is most active in the southwest Portland region.”

Authorities raid suspected gambling ring (Gainesville Times, 01/11/07)
“Once inside with their $100 in betting chips, the gamblers tried their luck in the Texas Hold ‘Em rooms, or wagered $10 per hole of Tiger Woods Golf, a video game played on big-screen plasma TVs, authorities said. “This is probably in my experience the most organized and sophisticated gambling operation I’ve encountered,” said Lt. Scott Ware, commander of the Hall County Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad that led the raid on the house at 11 p.m. Tuesday.”

Turkey Rules Against Online Poker & Online Gambling (Poker News, 01/10/07)
“A controversial bill has been recently approved in Turkey as a measure against “indecent broadcasting and online gambling,” which includes online poker. The bill also purports to combat child abuse. The new amendment to the existing censorship laws, Article 301 of the Penal Code, empowers the Information Technology Security Agency (ITSA) to censor and block offending websites that are ‘denigrating Turkishness, the republic, the institutions and organs of the state.'”

Jury takes masterclass in poker for high stakes (The Daily Mail, 01/10/07)
“A jury was today asked to decide whether poker is a game of skill, chance or both. Their verdict, due next week, will have major repercussions for the gaming industry and millions of Britons who play. ”

Texas Hold’em Poker on trial in landmark UK case (Poker Pages, 01/11/07)
“The UK’s 1968 Gaming Act states that a license is needed to host games of chance such as bingo, roulette, blackjack and poker, but not games of skill, like chess, dominoes, cribbage, bridge or quiz machines. Poker players say the law is unfair because poker is essentially a game of skill. They claim that even bridge has an element of chance because it starts with cards being shuffled, as they are in poker, or chess when a coin is tossed to decide who starts.”

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