Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (1/17/07)

articles: 
Neteller Arrests Bode Ill for Online Gambling (Business Week, 01/17/07)

Poker Club Manager Convicted Under U.K. Gambling Laws (Bloomberg, 01/16/07)

After Pinnacle, It’s All Downhill From Here (Washington Post, 01/17/07)

S.C. Lawmaker Pushing to Legalize Home Poker (Cardplayer, 01/12/07)

RCMP not bluffing about illegal gambling crackdown (The Chronicle Herald, 01/16/07)

Poker, IM most addictive web apps (Silicon.com, 01/16/07)

Charity gaming events know when to Hold’em (Chicago Sun-Times, 01/12/07)

A very big bet: Why doctors say the new casino culture is bad for you (The Independent, 01/16/07)

blogs:
Re: Which Way Will Texas Go? (Pokerati, 01/14/07)

excerpt: 

Neteller Arrests Bode Ill for Online Gambling (Business Week, 01/17/07)
“Neteller got an eyeful on Jan. 15. That’s when U.S. law enforcement officials arrested two of the company’s former directors and founding shareholders, Stephen Lawrence and John Lefebvre. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have charged that the two men helped transfer billions of dollars in illegal gambling proceeds from Americans to overseas Internet gambling companies.”


Poker Club Manager Convicted Under U.K. Gambling Laws (Bloomberg, 01/16/07)
“The manager of a 23,000-member private card club in London was convicted today of violating Britain’s gambling laws after a jury decided poker is a game of chance, not pure skill. Derek Kelly argued that he didn’t need a gambling license to take a share of profits from players at his club because the U.K.’s Gaming Act 1968 covers games like roulette, not skill- based games like poker or chess.”

After Pinnacle, It’s All Downhill From Here (Washington Post, 01/17/07)

“This was yet another war that America didn’t need to wage. For years, some right-wing legislators had been pushing for an Internet gambling ban. They maintained that children might get hold of their parents’ credit cards, log onto a Web site and gamble away the family’s money. At the end of each legislative term, Internet gambling legislation died the quiet death that it deserved.”

S.C. Lawmaker Pushing to Legalize Home Poker (Cardplayer, 01/12/07)
“In South Carolina, it’s illegal to buy a deck of cards on Sunday. It’s also illegal to wear pants with back pockets, and bathe a horse in a bathtub, but Republican Representative William Scarborough isn’t tacking these outdated and ridiculous laws. He’s trying to get, in his opinion, another one changed.”

RCMP not bluffing about illegal gambling crackdown (The Chronicle Herald, 01/16/07)
“The popularity of poker tournaments on the Internet, on television and in person is on the rise and local law enforcement officials think it’s time to educate the public about the provincial rules. Const. Moore said the province’s 1,600 licensed liquor establishments were all sent letters last week explaining the regulations. “We decided to send out the letters to tell them what they already know,” the officer said. “The Criminal Code of Canada says unless the game of chance or an entertainment is sanctioned by local government, then it’s illegal.”

Poker, IM most addictive web apps (Silicon.com, 01/16/07)
“Online poker is the most addictive application on the internet among UK users, according to new research. Users of the most popular online app, Pacific Poker, spend an average of 10 hours and 17 minutes gaming per month. Microsoft’s MSN Messenger came fifth on the list of apps, with monthly use totalling three hours on average.”

Charity gaming events know when to Hold’em (Chicago Sun-Times, 01/12/07)
“Charitable gambling and bingo were like two peas in a pod in the 1980s, but two decades later ink daubers and good-luck charms have been replaced by poker chips and sunglasses. Texas Hold’em is the new sugar daddy of charities and other not-for-profit organizations, many of which have hit the jackpot by hosting poker fund-raisers.”

A very big bet: Why doctors say the new casino culture is bad for you (The Independent, 01/16/07)
“The nation’s health is in danger, say doctors. The British Medical Association (BMA) will this week say that teenagers and women in particular are at high risk of becoming gaming addicts and that urgent action is needed. Experts from its board of science are also expected to say that health officials are not doing enough to ensure treatment is in place ahead of a radical overhaul of this country’s gambling laws this autumn.”

blogs:

Re: Which Way Will Texas Go? (Pokerati, 01/14/07)
“Will be interesting to see who steps up to the plate right now. As far as I know, the best political entities working on behalf of poker here are the Texas Poker PAC and Texas Card Players Association. But both are still in relatively nascent stages, and will be needing the help of legal- and political-minded players and playas.”

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