Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (2/12/07)

article:
Jeff Simpson on why it’s unlikely the online gambling ban will be reversed (Las Vegas Sun, 02/11/07)

House’s stance on social poker game clarified (Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, 02/09/07)

Poker bills draw lousy hand in Legislature (Bismarck Tribune, 02/10/07)

Gaming bid may be stalled (Dallas Morning News, 02/09/07)

Pacifiers meet poker chips (Post-Tribune, 02/11/07)

Band’s online gambling bid has outside chance, experts say (Edmonton Journal, 02/12/07)

Good Odds on Addiction (Edmonton Sun, 02/10/07)

blogs:
Ron asks Annie her opinion on the recent unlawful gaming legislation. (AnnieDuke.com, 02/07)

Self Indictment (Bad Blood, 02/12/07)

excerpt:
Jeff Simpson on why it’s unlikely the online gambling ban will be reversed (Las Vegas Sun, 02/11/07)
“American Gaming Association President Frank Fahrenkopf told me last week that if online poker players are confident they can persuade Congress to pass a law that would define poker as a game of skill, they’re sadly mistaken.”


House’s stance on social poker game clarified (Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, 02/09/07)

“Grab the cards, it’s nearly time to head for the local watering spot and a friendly round of poker. Social gamblers and bar owners came up aces in the House as legislators passed Senate File 23 during third reading on Thursday. “We want to protect the proprietor,” said Rep. Jerry Iekel, R-Sheridan.”

Poker bills draw lousy hand in Legislature (Bismarck Tribune, 02/10/07)
“Poker legislation has had a run of bad luck in the North Dakota Legislature, where representatives have defeated proposals to raise betting limits and increase the number of times charities could offer the game. North Dakota charities may run poker tournaments but they are limited to two per year for each organization, with a maximum bet of $1. Under those circumstances, very few charities are eager to offer poker, said Rep. William Kretschmar, R-Venturia.”

Gaming bid may be stalled (Dallas Morning News, 02/09/07)
“The gambling lobby rode confidently into Austin last month, talking up legislation they said would unite casino developers, racetrack operators and Indian reservations. But just weeks into the session, the odds might have grown against an expansion of gaming in Texas.”

Pacifiers meet poker chips (Post-Tribune, 02/11/07)
“Poker chips and pacifiers seem a strange blend, but Four Winds Casino, soon to open in New Buffalo, Mich., thinks the combination will make them a standout destination for local gamblers. Tribal casinos have offered gamblers child care for years, staging gambling sites as family destinations.”

Band’s online gambling bid has outside chance, experts say (Edmonton Journal, 02/12/07)
“Just as other aboriginal groups have established constitutional self-governing rights to logging, fishing and hunting, the Alexander band could get a legal OK to host offshore Internet gambling firms if it can prove that wagering was a major part of their ancestral heritage, gaming-industry lawyer Michael Lipton said.”

Good Odds on Addiction (Edmonton Sun, 02/10/07)
“Here’s a working definition of addiction: you know what you’re doing is stupid, you don’t need anyone to tell you you’re begging for disaster. But you do it anyway. In an eerie echo of junkie logic (“I can quit any time I want to”), a spokesman for the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission told Sun reporter Max Maudie this week the province is conducting a poll to see if Albertans want to see legal Internet gambling available here.”

blogs:

Ron asks Annie her opinion on the recent unlawful gaming legislation. (AnnieDuke.com, 02/07)
“I can overflow the Capitol building with people who make their living playing poker and yet I would be unable to find one person (who is not cheating) who makes their living playing lotteries. As for the regressive tax part, we all know that it is mainly lower income people who play the lotteries. That money is used to fun state programs and that money is coming from the poorer segment of the population. I have a big problem with that.”

Self Indictment (Bad Blood, 02/12/07)
“The crux of the matter, in my opinion, is that poker players are simply not interested in working together to solve a common problem. It’s the way they’re wired. The game of poker, especially tournament poker, is a “Me Against the World” endeavor. For those of us drawn to the game, there’s something inherent in our very natures that prevents us from ever thinking about much more than ourselves when it comes to the game.”

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