Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (2/20/07)

articles:
Full Tilt Giving Bonuses to Members who Join PPA (CardPlayer, 02/20/07)

Jobs at stake in Wheeling (Charleston Daily Mail, 02/20/07)

Online gamblers move to card rooms (SF Examiner, 02/20/07)

Freudenthal signs gambling bills (Billings Gazette, 02/17/07)

Delegates OK gambling (The Charleston Gazette, 02/17/07)

Hundreds of Mid-South poker players win big in East Memphis (WMC-TV, 02/16/07)

media:
Internet gambling growing in U.S. despite being illegal (KTVB.com, 02/20/07)

blog:
Doyle’s Room to Abandon US Market (Lou Krieger, 02/20/07)

excerpts:
Full Tilt Giving Bonuses to Members who Join PPA (CardPlayer, 02/20/07)
“Full Tilt Poker is offering its members deposit bonuses if they sign up for the Poker Player’s Alliance. The online poker giant sent out a letter to all its members today encouraging them to get outraged over the recent crackdown of online gaming sites by the U.S. Government.”


Jobs at stake in Wheeling (Charleston Daily Mail, 02/20/07)
“I hope it makes it to that point,” said Delegate Orphy Klempa, D-Ohio. “The executives of the Wheeling racetrack have said that if table games are approved on the state and county levels, they would begin a $25 million physical expansion to the facility and add hundreds of jobs. The problem is convincing some of my colleagues in the House of Delegates and in the Senate that this is about business expansion and not just gaming expansion.”

Online gamblers move to card rooms (SF Examiner, 02/20/07)
“After San Carlos professional poker player Jim Rashleger lost $600 as part of a federal action against online gambling this year, he took what seemed to him the logical step to continue his profession. He got out of the house and traveled to the card rooms.”

Freudenthal signs gambling bills (Billings Gazette, 02/17/07)
“People will again be allowed to play card gambling games in Wyoming bars and restaurants starting this summer. Gov. Dave Freudenthal on Thursday signed two bills that would allow games like poker in bars and restaurants, provided the businesses don’t profit directly.”

Delegates OK gambling (The Charleston Gazette, 02/17/07)
“Legislation permitting casino-style gambling at West Virginia’s four racetracks passed the House of Delegates for the first time Friday. The bill (HB2718), which now goes to the Senate, would give the state 35 percent of the profits from the games. The state’s racetracks would have to pony up a $1.5 million fee for the games in their first year and $2.5 million each year afterward.”

Hundreds of Mid-South poker players win big in East Memphis (WMC-TV, 02/16/07)
“But, since gambling is illegal in Tennessee, White had to see an attorney before he anted up. “I said don’t show me a loop hole, show me how this is illegal,” says White. “It doesn’t meet the definition of gambling or an illegal lottery.” People are not playing for money.They are playing for a statistical ranking, and if they rank high enough they’ll be invited to a tournament where they can win a cash prize.”

media:
Internet gambling growing in U.S. despite being illegal (KTVB.com, 02/20/07)

“Long gone are the days of smoke-filled basement poker nights. These days all you need is a computer, Internet access and a credit card. But it’s illegal. So who is playing and who is watching? NewsChannel 7 investigates the online gambling craze.”

blog:

Doyle’s Room to Abandon US Market (Lou Krieger, 02/20/07)
“This announcement came on the heels of a rather strange day in which Doyle’s Room first announced they were abandoning the US market, then said there was a “…mistake in communications” and they were not leaving, only to wind up heading for the exits at the end of the day.”

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