Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (1/29/07)

article:
U.S. confirms loss in Internet gambling trade case (San Diego Tribune, 01/25/07)

Even gambling critics dislike new law to restrict online bets (CNHI, 01/24/07)

Revamped table games bill set to go (Charleston Daily Mail, 01/29/07)

The Green Felt Revolution (Casino City Times, 01/26/07)

Student may pick poker over law career (Des Moines Register, 01/28/07)

Antigua defeats US in gaming law challenge (The Telegraph, 01/28/07)

‘These subpoenas and arrests are sheer hypocrisy’ (The Telegraph, 01/27/07)

Students to go ‘all in’ Sunday (The Daily Collegian, 01/26/07)

international:
Cops crack down on poker tourneys (Tillsonburg News, 01/29/07) [Canda]

Skill and Chance: Two Sides Of the Game of Life (The Times of India, 01/29/07) [India]

Pattaya Socialite arrested for running Gambling House (Pattaya Daily News, 01/26/07) [Thailand]

Five Gambling Site Operators Wanted (The Korea Times, 01/28/07) [Korea]

media:
Interview with Greg Raymer (Holdem Back, 01/26/07)


blog:

Boycott Online Poker (Bill Rini, 01/26/07)

excerpt:
U.S. confirms loss in Internet gambling trade case (San Diego Tribune, 01/25/07)
“The United States has suffered a new setback in a four-year-old legal battle with Antigua and Barbuda over U.S. restrictions on Internet gambling, a U.S. trade official said Thursday. At issue is an April 2005 World Trade Organization ruling against U.S. prohibitions on online horse race betting. Since then, the U.S. Congress has passed additional legislation to ban betting over the Internet.”


Even gambling critics dislike new law to restrict online bets (CNHI, 01/24/07)
“How is your bank going to prove that four steps down the line your funds came from (or were intended for) Internet gambling, especially if the companies are not under U.S. jurisdiction?” asked Whtye. “The law adds a couple of steps, but it is not likely to stop problem gamblers.”

Revamped table games bill set to go (Charleston Daily Mail, 01/29/07)
“But unlike the prior legislative sessions, a long-warned-of threat is now real: neighboring Pennsylvania opened its first slot machine parlors late last year. “It has to be the year. It’s a jobs issue, especially in the Northern Panhandle,” said Bob Marshall, president of Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center. “Pennsylvania is upon us.”

The Green Felt Revolution (Casino City Times, 01/26/07)
“In November 1979, the people of Czechoslovakia overthrew the Communist government in a bloodless coup, the “Velvet Revolution.” In November 2006, the voters of the United States overthrew the Republican control of Congress. In part this was due to a “Green Felt Revolution.” Poker players won the election for the Democrats.”

Student may pick poker over law career (Des Moines Register, 01/28/07)
“After law school, he will probably play online poker for a couple of more years. He doubts that he will go straight into law. “Right now there’s just too much money in poker,” he said. “I couldn’t see myself being a lawyer for $50,000 a year. … But I can’t see myself being 40 years old and still playing poker.”

Antigua defeats US in gaming law challenge (The Telegraph, 01/28/07)
“The tiny Caribbean island of Antigua has won an unlikely victory against the US in bringing a successful challenge against its internet gaming laws before the World Trade Organisation. The US has been rapped by the trade body for failing to act on its international commitments to provide access to third-country internet gaming providers.”

‘These subpoenas and arrests are sheer hypocrisy’ (The Telegraph, 01/27/07)
“The US crackdown on online gaming may not be so much about morals as hard cash, Mark Choueke discovers. The Americans, suggest the cynics, want to drive foreigners out to establish their own Vegas gambling brands The long arm of the American legal machine reached further into the British business establishment last week.”

Students to go ‘all in’ Sunday (The Daily Collegian, 01/26/07)
“When Tim Engler couldn’t find a weekly poker game on campus, he went to the only place he knew he could find a game at any time — online. This Sunday, Engler (senior-advertising) will be offering Penn State students and alumni the chance to do the same in a tournament exclusively for Nittany Lions.”

international:
Cops crack down on poker tourneys (Tillsonburg News, 01/29/07) [Canda]
“The authorities hold all the cards when it comes to poker tournaments.
The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise found that out the hard way, when police from the Illegal Gambling Unit contacted them to say that if they proceeded with a charitable Texas Hold ‘Em tournament, they’d be raided.”

Skill and Chance: Two Sides Of the Game of Life (The Times of India, 01/29/07) [India]
“The question, of whether a game of cards is all about skill or chance has been the subject of debate for long. From a philosophical perspective, many see in it a striking parallel to the question of determinism vs free will: Are our lives governed by destiny — by the “cards” dealt to us — or is the final outcome of the game a testimony to our efforts, that is, in the manner in which we play those cards?”

Pattaya Socialite arrested for running Gambling House (Pattaya Daily News, 01/26/07) [Thailand]
“Thai wife of a prominent businessman opened her house for illegal gambling in Banglamung. Nittaya Horn aged 42 was last night arrested by Thai police along with 17 other wives who were playing poker at her home.”

Five Gambling Site Operators Wanted (The Korea Times, 01/28/07) [Korea]
“According to the police, the suspects, who are living in China, opened two gambling Web sites using Hong Kong servers in April 2004. They collected more than 20,000 Korean members through advertisements using cell phone text messages and provided them with online gambling venues for poker and “go-stop,” the Korean card game.”

media:
Interview with Greg Raymer (Holdem Back, 01/26/07)

“It is impossible to predict the future of poker right now.  In the long term, all will be fine, but we might be about to hit some rough bumps in the road.  The problem is that those bumps, if we hit them, are going to be put there by a bunch of morons who think that their personal morals should be enforced against the world.  A lot of people cannot seem to grasp the difference between morals and intolerance”

blog:

Boycott Online Poker (Bill Rini, 01/26/07)
“One of my longstanding opinions on the sites that remained in the US is that they were in it as a cash grab. They knew the end was coming sooner or later and they decided that they were going to try to collect every last penny of rake they could before having to try their hand in the overseas markets.”

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