Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (1/12/07)

articles:
Panel backs return of ‘social’ poker to bars (Caspar Star-Tribune, 01/12/07)

Illegal casino in Sanford raided (The Fayetteville Observer, 01/12/07)

Horse Racing On YouBet Appeal To Young Internet Gamers (Online-Casinos, 01/11/07)

Fold ’em, don’t hold ’em, RCMP tells permit-less bars (CBC News, 01/12/07)

excerpts:
Panel backs return of ‘social’ poker to bars (Caspar Star-Tribune, 01/12/07)
The Senate travel committee dealt Wyoming poker fans a good hand Thursday when committee members unanimously endorsed a bill that would permit the return of “social” poker games to state bars and restaurants. “If you just get some folks who decide to come down and play poker and they’re also buying drinks from you, that’s legal,” Sen. Mike Massie, D-Albany, said. “It’s called social gambling.”


Illegal casino in Sanford raided (The Fayetteville Observer, 01/12/07)
The back room, which was constructed around the gaming tables, was a sort of mini-Las Vegas casino. Officers from the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and the Sanford Police Department’s Alcohol Beverage Control division confiscated a slot machine, a coin-operated machine, gaming tables — including a 15-foot table, several large suitcases of poker chips, liquor and $275 from one of the gaming machines.

Horse Racing On YouBet Appeal To Young Internet Gamers (Online-Casinos, 01/11/07)
The US horse racing business, exempt from UIGEA online gaming transaction bans thanks to Senators Frist and Kyl, seemed enthusiastic about a new YouBet Internet gaming-for-reward site launched this week and branded KingContest.com. The Thoroughbred Times reported on the new site, commenting that it was designed to attract Internet gaming enthusiasts, persuading them to register as contestants who pay to enter skill-based contests and compete to win cash prizes.

Fold ’em, don’t hold ’em, RCMP tells permit-less bars (CBC News, 01/12/07)
“The RCMP say they’re investigating 50 cases of illegal poker in Nova Scotia. With the popularity of Texas hold ’em poker on the rise, many businesses and groups are holding tournaments to bring in customers or raise money for charity. But the RCMP say most events are unregulated and many bars don’t have the required permits for any charity gambling.”

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