Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (3/15/07)

article:
Frank eyes restoring Web gaming (Boston Globe, 03/15/07)

Florida Reps Want to Attract Major Poker Tourneys (CardPlayer, 03/14/07)

Chuck Blount: Law protestor trying to parlay 60-cent check into $10,000 seat (Express-News, 03/15/07)

excerpt:

Frank eyes restoring Web gaming (Boston Globe, 03/15/07)
“Representative Barney Frank may introduce legislation that would repeal a ban on Internet gambling, sending shares of online-gaming stocks higher. Heather Wong, a spokeswoman for Frank, said the legislator is in the “thinking stage” of drafting a bill to reverse Congress’s decision last year to prohibit the collection of credit card payments from gambling websites. She said she had no other details.”


Florida Reps Want to Attract Major Poker Tourneys (CardPlayer, 03/14/07)
“The sponsors, Senator Steve Geller and House Member Joe Gibbons, who are both Democrats, hope the law change will help further boost tourism in a state that depends on it. “People want to come to Florida to begin, with so let’s compete with these other cities to have [big-time poker tournaments] here,” said Kristin Carter, a legislative aid to Gibbons. “Poker’s gotten big, and a lot of people travel to these tournaments and we would love to have them come to Florida and patronize our districts.”

Chuck Blount: Law protestor trying to parlay 60-cent check into $10,000 seat (Express-News, 03/15/07)
“Todd decided to turn the story into his own personal protest of the UIGEA. His goal: to parlay the 60 cents — which will get you little more than a cup of coffee — into a $10,000 seat at the Main Event of the 2007 World Series of Poker through a series of personal trades. If the idea sounds absurd, there is precedent for Todd’s plan. In 2005 a Canadian named Kyle MacDonald set out on a quest to turn a single red paperclip into a free home through a series of 14 separate trades.”

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