Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (2/26/07)

article:
Poker bill passes subcommittee (The Post and Courier, 02/25/07)

Attorney General’s division cites illegal poker games (Merced Sun Star, 02/24/07)

Bruce Davidson: Poker players seek better hand (San Antonio Express-News, 02/24/07)

Issues arise in NE Pa. over table gaming in N.Y. (Times Shamrock, 02/25/07)

Feature: Is poker a game of skill or chance? (Sport and Technology, 02/07)

blog:
The Frank Approach (The Hard-Boiled Poker, 02/25/07)

excerpt:

Poker bill passes subcommittee (The Post and Courier, 02/25/07)
“State Rep. Wallace Scarborough’s bill legalizing social games of poker has passed a subcommittee and is expected to go to the full Judiciary Committee this week, he said. The bill would allow for “kitchen table” poker in which the house does not take a cut. Under state law, games of cards and chance are illegal.”


Attorney General’s division cites illegal poker games (Merced Sun Star, 02/24/07)
“The DGC in conjunction with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department and State Parole Agents then conducted an undercover operation on Thursday, discovering about 78 people playing in the tournament inside of a large metal workshop inside of the dairy, according to the release. Although the tournament jackpot was funded by a $30 entry fee, Lopes told the agents he thought the tournament was legal, since the organizers were not making any money.”

Bruce Davidson: Poker players seek better hand (San Antonio Express-News, 02/24/07)
“Texas poker enthusiasts are tired of playing under the state’s antiquated law. “Right now, the laws are so vague that we need clarification,” said Mike Lavigne, treasurer of the Texas Poker PAC. The PAC and its allies are hoping to convince lawmakers to pass legislation that will allow establishments with liquor licenses to run poker games. ”

Issues arise in NE Pa. over table gaming in N.Y. (Times Shamrock, 02/25/07)
“Even locally, the bigger of those two issues might well be the future of table gaming. For, in addition to the Mohawk plans, there’s proposed legislation in another neighboring state, West Virginia, where lawmakers are mulling whether to put the question of table gaming to a referendum. “My prediction is that Pennsylvania will have to, in the future, look at table gaming if they want to remain competitive in the gaming industry,” Mr. Uguccioni said.”

Feature: Is poker a game of skill or chance? (Sport and Technology, 02/07)
“The UK Gambling Commission (and its predecessor the UK Gaming Board) have long maintained that poker is a game of mixed skill and chance, and therefore needs to be licensed. Accordingly, it came as little surprise to lawyers in the gambling sector when, on 16 January 2007, a guilty verdict was returned in the trial of the owner of the unlicensed Gutshot poker club, Derek Kelly. Kelly denied two counts of contravening the Gaming Act by organising poker games at the Gutshot Club in Clerkenwell without a licence.”


blog:

The Frank Approach (The Hard-Boiled Poker, 02/25/07)
“One would anticipate, then, that those set to argue for the UIGEA’s repeal would want to exploit its several similarities with Prohibition. Yet there are some profound differences that might make using such an argument a less than optimal strategy to maximize expectation against our nemesis here…I’ll just run through a few of the similarities and differences here, then we can think about whether or not members of Congress in our corner should spend much time evoking Prohibition as they make the case for repealing the UIGEA.”

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