Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (3/13/07)

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article:
Gambler hidden in many bettors (The Republican, 03/13/07)


Melot: State law is madness indeed (Lansing State Journal, 03/13/07)

Wall Street’s poker gamble: All-in with WPT (CNN Money, 03/12/07)

Ex-gambler to help kids beat online poker (This Is Hertfordshire, 03/13/07)

blog:
Poker Night at the State House (Comic Strip Politics, 03/13/07)


excerpt:
Gambler hidden in many bettors (The Republican, 03/13/07)
“Being surrounded by gambling opportunities does not necessarily make you a compulsive gambler, she said. Studies of Nevada residents found that although they were nearly eight times more exposed to gambling than New Jersey residents and nine times more exposed than Iowa residents, they did not have eight or nine times the rate of problem gambling as residents of the other two states. ”

Melot: State law is madness indeed (Lansing State Journal, 03/13/07)
“Rest assured, the reality deniers will trot out the lines about how the poor gamble too much, or casinos are hubs of other criminal activity, like prostitution. Fine, make those arguments. But unless and until this state steps forward and says all gambling is out the window, laws against office pools and poker games are pure, unadulterated hypocrisy.”

Wall Street’s poker gamble: All-in with WPT (CNN Money, 03/12/07)
“And even without the prospect of getting money from U.S. poker junkies, Morrison still thinks that WPT could do well with a new site since online poker is about a $1 billion market globally. “The whole story is going to be WPT bringing up their new online poker site. That’s where the real growth and the upside for the stock is. They should be able to leverage a strong brand in what is a large and profitable market,” Morrison said.”

Ex-gambler to help kids beat online poker (This Is Hertfordshire, 03/13/07)
“A reformed gambler has been called in to lecture students at Wimbledon private school King’s College after fears students were staying up late hooked on internet poker. Head of pastoral care at the 12,000-a-year private school, Kevin Hawney, said a group of boys were staying up late playing online gambling games and missing their studies.”

blog:
Poker Night at the State House (Comic Strip Politics, 03/13/07)

This strip is a caricature of exactly how gambling laws work in most states. State-run lotteries are completely legal, and sanctioned by the government. Why then, are all other types of gambling outlawed? Politicians’ answer: Because gambling addiction is a serious problem. It’s my job to save the people from themselves. Gambling is an evil, evil monster, and deserves to be outlawed in this state.

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