Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (2/23/06)

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Poker deals charitable gambling winning hand (NWI Times, 02/23/07)

Table games passes 1st Senate hurdle (Charleston Daily Mail, 02/23/07)

Questions linger over legality of poker tournament (The Post and Courier, 02/23/07)

EDITORIAL: Poker face (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/23/07)

excerpt:
Poker deals charitable gambling winning hand (NWI Times, 02/23/07)
“Charitable organizations at one time turned to bingo and Las Vegas nights for fundraising events. Today they’re capitalizing on the poker craze to raise money. Texas Hold’em poker tournaments for charity are no penny-ante fundraisers. The rooms are usually packed with enthusiastic players who take satisfaction in knowing the money that’s raised is for a good cause.”


Table games passes 1st Senate hurdle (Charleston Daily Mail, 02/23/07)
“Already hosting thousands of such machines, the tracks argue table games will give them an edge as they compete with slot casinos that began opening in Pennsylvania late last year. They also promise to add more and better-paying jobs if they’re approved. Opponents counter that the state should reverse its growing reliance on gambling revenue, and cite the social ills linked to addictive gambling.”

Questions linger over legality of poker tournament (The Post and Courier, 02/23/07)
“A spokesman for Attorney General Henry McMaster said he was not familiar with the North Charleston event. But he said that in general terms, the AG’s office has issued legal opinions contending that such organized card games are illegal, no matter what the cause.”

EDITORIAL: Poker face (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 02/23/07)
“Poker players took a bad beat when the government began going after Internet gambling operations — the venue of choice for many of the card game’s devotees. Now comes a tax court ruling that continues the unlucky streak. Under the current IRS code — as many Las Vegans are aware — gamblers can claim losses only to the extent they offset winnings.”

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