Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (3/12/07)

article:
Bill Introduced to Legalize Poker in Texas (WOAI, 03/10/07)


Some in Lodi feel a card room doesn’t suit area (Lodi News-Sentinel, 03/10/07)

Family foundation to file suit in effort to stop table games (Charleston Daily Mail, 03/12/07)

Legal Poker Under Prohibition 2.0 (Casino City Times, 03/09/07)

Gambling Awareness Week Observed (Voices, 03/10/07)

international:
EU Court Strikes Down Italian Gambling Restriction (Bloomberg, 03/06/07)

Shuffle up and deal — the poker boom hits home (Sunday Times, 03/11/07)

blog:
A Reponse To Jay Greenspan on Underage Gambling (Bill Rini, 03/10/07)

excerpt:
Bill Introduced to Legalize Poker in Texas (WOAI, 03/10/07)

“You could soon be able to play poker for real money in Texas bars. State Rep. Jose Menendez from San Antonio has introduced a bill that would regulate poker here. If passed, up to four poker tables would be allowed in certain bars or establishments.”


Some in Lodi feel a card room doesn’t suit area (Lodi News-Sentinel, 03/10/07)
“When Ken Owen was growing up with eight siblings in Lodi, his family was devastated by an alcoholic father with a gambling addiction. Now the Christian Community Concerns director is on a quest to limit gambling in Lodi. “I have first hand experience of the poverty we lived in because of my father,” he said. “We got the leftovers after he fed his gambling habit. No one has to tell me how devastating this is to families.”

Family foundation to file suit in effort to stop table games (Charleston Daily Mail, 03/12/07)
“I was surprised to see the West Virginia Family Foundation file suit since I have not seen them active in this effort, or working with the groups who have been working hard to defeat table games,” Carey said. If the coalition files suit, Carey said it would be in conjunction with other groups opposed to gambling, like the West Virginia Council of Churches.”

Legal Poker Under Prohibition 2.0 (Casino City Times, 03/09/07)
“Bill Frist, then Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate and now ex-would-be presidential candidate, designed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (“Prohibition 2.0”) to cover Internet poker. He defined “bet or wager” as including risking something of value on the outcome of a contest, sports event “or a game subject to chance.” Is there any game, even chess, that is not “subject to chance?”

Gambling Awareness Week Observed (Voices, 03/10/07)
“The Birmingham Group Health Services’ Valley Substance Abuse Action Council joins with other Connecticut Regional Action Councils, the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and like-minded organizations across the nation in observing National Problem Gambling Awareness Week this week.”

international:

EU Court Strikes Down Italian Gambling Restriction (Bloomberg, 03/06/07)
“State-run gambling companies in the European Union may find it harder to defend their monopolies after Europe’s highest court lifted a barrier Italy used to keep out foreign competitors. The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg today ruled Italy can’t use criminal law to stop gaming companies licensed in other EU nations, including the U.K.’s Stanley Leisure Plc, from taking bets in the country. A law barring publicly traded companies from obtaining licenses restricts “the freedom to provide services.”

Shuffle up and deal — the poker boom hits home (Sunday Times, 03/11/07)
“Professor Peter Collins, executive director of the South African National Responsible Gambling Programme (NRGP), said the popularity of poker rooms in casinos was growing around the world. “People can play poker 24 hours a day and there’s always at least five others to join a game,” he said. “It’s always been regarded as a respectable and highly skilled game.”

blog:

A Reponse To Jay Greenspan on Underage Gambling (Bill Rini, 03/10/07)
“And while that option exists, most sites have voluntarily set a higher standard. Stars, Party, and Full Tilt, the three largest online poker rooms, all follow the 18 and over rule. Full Tilt used to set the bar at 21 but I assume recently lowered it. Party and Stars participate voluntarily with GamCare, the UK’s responsible gaming organization. And most of the larger sites not only meet the minimum requirements for providing responsible gaming but clearly exceed them.”

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