Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (3/06/07)

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State Laws Banning Online Poker (CardPlayer, 02/27/07)


Dealing with antiquated poker laws (The Charlotte Observer, 03/04/07)

Table games bill hits bump (Herald Mail, 02/28/07)

PokerStars Running Freerolls to Honor D’Amato (CardPlayer, 03/05/07)

Can Online Poker Be Saved? (Poker Player Newspaper, 03/05/07)

Every night’s poker night (The Free Lance-Star, 03/01/07)

Turkey Passes Law Against Online Poker & Online Gambling (Poker Pages, 03/06/07)

Police round up poker players (Aftenposten, 03/06/07)

Group for deaf deals a winning hand (Chicago Tribune, 03/01/07)

Local charity cashes in on wager (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 03/03/07)

Folding his hand (The News Enterprise, 03/03/07)

blogs:
Los Angeles Poker Classic and Beyond (Keeping Your Head in the Game, 03/02/07)

Legal Poker Coming to Texas? (Pokerati, 03/06/07)

So What’s Going on at the PPA? (Pocket Fives, 03/05/07)

What Do Al D’Amato and Steve Levitt Have in Common? (Freakonomics, 03/05/07)

D’Amato, Poker & Elitism in Gambling Laws (The Conglomerate, 03/05/07)

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State Laws Banning Online Poker (CardPlayer, 02/27/07)
“All citizens are bound by two sets of laws, state and federal. Whereas the federal 1961 Wire Act forbids businesses from accepting sports betting (and some take the incorrect position that the Wire Act prohibits a company from taking a poker bet), there is no federal law that bans the online player from playing poker online. However, state laws are given the same force and effect as federal laws.”


Dealing with antiquated poker laws (The Charlotte Observer, 03/04/07)
“Seventy-nine-year-old Amelia “Midge” Cheseborough thought it was a joke when police raided a home poker game, seized her $20 in chips and handcuffed her. It wasn’t. A 200-year-old law in South Carolina bans any game with cards or dice. So state Rep. Wallace Scarborough has introduced a measure that would make playing poker — and Monopoly — legal as long as the house does not take a cut.”

Table games bill hits bump (Herald Mail, 02/28/07)
“A state Senate committee’s version of a bill that would allow Charles Town Races & Slots to ask Jefferson County residents for permission to add poker and other casino games has lost support among the only House delegates who voted for it last week. “It is totally unacceptable right now,” said Del. Locke Wysong, D-Jefferson, of the changes made to House Bill 2718 on Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.”

PokerStars Running Freerolls to Honor D’Amato (CardPlayer, 03/05/07)
“Although many steps are being taken take away the right to play poker, the community is not going down without a fight.  Former U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato was recently appointed chairman of the Poker Players Alliance and in support, PokerStars is running three $5,000 freerolls a night.”

Can Online Poker Be Saved? (Poker Player Newspaper, 03/05/07)
“…one was more instructive than the one with Congresswoman Shelley Berkley. She welcomed my queries, completely unfazed by my switching hats from one moment to the next…She did point out however, that members of Congress have an overriding duty to pay attention to the voices of constituents. She also stunned me with a simple fact of life in politics: the strength of an association’s voice rests with the number of members that are registered to vote.”

Every night’s poker night (The Free Lance-Star, 03/01/07)
“They are there to take part in Fredericksburg’s American Restaurant Poker League, which now plays Texas Hold ‘Em seven nights a week at local restaurants. As the crowd grows, most are welcomed by their first names and begin to chat as they join a table. In a cloud of cigarette smoke, you hear laughter and see smiles as well as serious gazes as players focus on the game.”

Turkey Passes Law Against Online Poker & Online Gambling (Poker Pages, 03/06/07)
“Turkish legislators passed a law on February 28 that forbids online gambling services to be offered by any ‘unauthorised’ domestic or foreign company to citizens in Turkey. Like the United States passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) which was designed to protect online state lotteries and horse betting, the Turkish law is designed to protect its partially state-owned gaming company IDDAA”

Police round up poker players (Aftenposten, 03/06/07)
“Armed police raided a building in an industrial area of Strømmen, northeast of Oslo, Monday night and arrested 32 persons for what the authorities claimed was illegal organized poker playing. The poker club had been under investigation and was believed to violate laws against organized gaming.”

Group for deaf deals a winning hand (Chicago Tribune, 03/01/07)
“This month, the group took that competition to a new level, holding what’s believed to be the first deaf poker tournament in the Midwest. The four-hour tournament at Hanging Gardens Banquets in River Grove on Sunday featured 35 deaf players at four tables, with nearly 300 hearing participants playing nearby.”

Local charity cashes in on wager (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 03/03/07)
“To some, the situation might seem a paradox: a charity founded by the daughter of a Presbyterian minister that distributes $4 million annually to more than 16,000 needy children around the world receiving money from gamblers. But CI officials said generosity is generosity and money is money — and poker is legal — so they are gladly accepting the contributions and will put them to good use.”

Folding his hand (The News Enterprise, 03/03/07)
“Schenk, a 39-year-old husband and father of four, started playing in an online poker league about four years ago. He loved the game and it seemed innocent. His losses never were more than $50 and his winnings reached as much as $350. But the fun and entertainment evolved into an insatiable addiction that would turn his life and the lives of his wife and children upside down.”

blogs:
Los Angeles Poker Classic and Beyond (Keeping Your Head in the Game, 03/02/07)
“The effects of UIGEA are now clear, the government has made it impossible to earn a living writing about poker. Many writers, bloggers and commentators are already gone, expect an ever accelerated line of departures after the Series this summer.”

Legal Poker Coming to Texas? (Pokerati, 03/06/07)
“I haven’t read it closely yet, but from what I understand, poker-wise, this bill would let charity tourneys like La Riata go back to giving away real prizes to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars … bars could host small cash games … and racetracks could open poker rooms. All sounds good to Pokerati.”

So What’s Going on at the PPA? (Pocket Fives, 03/05/07)
“The past two months has seen the organization meet and inform the 110th Congress about all things online poker. Recently, a grassroots campaign was launched in order to thrust online poker further towards an exemption from the UIGEA. PPA President Michael Bolcerek provides his insight into the current state of affairs.”

What Do Al D’Amato and Steve Levitt Have in Common? (Freakonomics, 03/05/07)
“Where did the pressure for the ban come from? I assume some powerful combination of the casino industry, the gambling-is-immoral crowd, perhaps the state lotteries. Regardless, I am also surprised it has taken so long for a lobbyist of D’Amato’s stature to have been employed in a fight to overturn the ban.”

D’Amato, Poker & Elitism in Gambling Laws (The Conglomerate, 03/05/07)
“Now, although D’Amato’s poker game is “unlawful,” it may be that no player will be guilty of a crime.  Just looking at the NY statutes, it appears that players have not committed a gambling offense unless they are “promoters.”  So, as long as D’Amato doesn’t take a rake for hosting the game, then the whole enterprise will be overlooked, and this is how most social gambling in nice houses on Long Island is ignored.”

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