Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (2/16/07)

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article:
D’Amato may lobby for poker industry (Newsday, 02/15/07)

First-Ever House Vote Advances Table Games Bill (WTOV9.com, 02/16/07)

Swedish Poker News: Poker Boosts Profits for State (CardPlayer, 02/14/07)

Inside the World of Poker (CardPlayer, 02/13/07)

Ultimate Poker Challenge Alive and Well (CardPlayer, 02/13/07)

Wanna Bet? (IBerkshires, 02/14/07)

media:
Dallas PD Puts The Heat On Illegal Poker Games (CBS11, 02/15/07)

Card Player Poker TV to Feature Legal Analysis (CardPlayer, 02/15/06)

blog:
HB 1243 – Thank You Rep. Williams!! (Poker, Fishing and Other Vices, 02/14/07)

Duplicate Poker: It Removes All the Luck From the Game (Lou Kreiger, 02/15/07)

excerpt:

D’Amato may lobby for poker industry (Newsday, 02/15/07)
“Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato may soon be lobbying on behalf of the online poker industry. D’Amato, a famously avid poker player, is in talks with the Poker Players Alliance about becoming the group’s lobbyist and spokesman, said Michael Bolcerak, president of the San Francisco-based group.”


First-Ever House Vote Advances Table Games Bill (WTOV9.com, 02/16/07)
“Friday’s 55-to-42 vote in favor of the legislation marks the first time the full House has considered the table games question since it first arose in the Legislature several years ago. The bill would allow each of the state’s four racetrack counties to vote on whether its track can host such games as blackjack, poker and roulette. Supporters say table games will help the tracks compete with slot machine casinos that began opening in Pennsylvania last year.”

Swedish Poker News: Poker Boosts Profits for State (CardPlayer, 02/14/07)
“It has been over one year since the Swedish government’s decision to enter the online poker market. The decision has proven to be a great call for all involved. “It has really fulfilled its purpose of bringing home a big part of Sweden’s unregulated poker playing to a responsible environment within the country’s borders,” stated Jesper Karrbrink, the CEO of Svenska Spel AB.”

Inside the World of Poker (CardPlayer, 02/13/07)
“Next, let’s talk about what’s going on in the world of poker. Although the first online site opened its virtual doors about 12 years ago, there has been very little governmental intervention for most of that time. A few years ago the government issued subpoenas to some media companies without much follow-up. Recently, the government is taking a more proactive role, fumbling around trying to figure out a way to slow down the billion-dollar online gaming industry.”

Ultimate Poker Challenge Alive and Well (CardPlayer, 02/13/07)
“To put to rest the rumors that online advertisers have pulled their funds from the project, Hawn gives her final statement: “Our advertisers are in place for the near future and we have no plans to cancel our show.”

Wanna Bet? (IBerkshires, 02/14/07)
“Locally, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s “2006 Prevention Needs Assessment Survey Results” highlights gambling behaviors among area 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. About 922 North Berkshire students participated with the survey and nearly 70 percent in each of the three grades reported gambling within the past year.”

media:

Dallas PD Puts The Heat On Illegal Poker Games (CBS11, 02/15/07)
“I’m okay with it,” Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price said. “‘Might as well keep the tax base home. They’re gonna drive to Winnstar, Oklahoma, Shreveport…” Commissioner Price said legalizing those poker rooms is a great way to generate revenue for this city. “That’s probably not a really popular position, but I think at some point and time we’ve got to deal with the reality of what’s going on,” he said.”

Card Player Poker TV to Feature Legal Analysis (CardPlayer, 02/15/06)

“CardPlayer.com’s legal expert Allyn Jaffrey Shulman is featured in a new Card Player TV video discussing the current climate of online poker. She talks about how the government is trying to control the banks, how the current climate is a morality issue, and about the NETELLER debacle.”

blog:
HB 1243 – Thank You Rep. Williams!! (Poker, Fishing and Other Vices, 02/14/07)
“The PPA is doing a great job, but we are the feet on the ground in this state. Our representatives will be much more inclined to listen to their own constituents than to the PPA or someone from another state. We represent votes.”

Duplicate Poker: It Removes All the Luck From the Game (Lou Kreiger, 02/15/07)
“As in duplicate bridge, cards are set up so that each seat at each table gets identical hands, and the flop, the turn, and the river are the same. This removes any element of chance from the game, and rather than competing against the players at your table, you’re actually competing against the guys and gals at other tables who occupy the same relative seat position as you.”

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