Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (3/16/07)

article:
Gambler still playing poker at 97 (Dayton Daily News, 03/15/07) 

Online Wagering: Illegal, But For How Long? (Sports Memo, 03/16/07)

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em and when to stop (The Age, 03/17/07)

blog:
Poker legal briefing, from Florida to Congress (Ante Up, 03/15/07)

excerpt:

Gambler still playing poker at 97 (Dayton Daily News, 03/15/07)
“John Leonard may be a gambler, but said he never expected to live to be age 97. “I have a lot of fun,” said Leonard of Harrison Twp. “I go a lot of places. I still drive during the day. I haven’t quit anything. I still play poker.”


Online Wagering: Illegal, But For How Long? (Sports Memo, 03/16/07)
“Poker players around the country continue to face arrest for playing in small stakes local games.  Richard Nixon financed his first Congressional campaign with poker winnings from his tenure in the military, but grandmothers, doctors and other respected citizens have been busted.  A good friend of mine, a Chicago based attorney, playing in small stakes game with other professionals, was recently fined, with the ringleader (the game’s host) facing charges.”

You’ve got to know when to hold ’em and when to stop (The Age, 03/17/07)
“Financial institutions that transfer cash to poker sites — mostly now based in the Caribbean or Gibraltar — risk punishment under US law. Some European nations have also banned it, though the game is still legal in Britain. While authorities can outlaw the running of online casinos, it’s harder stopping the punters. In Australia, where running a site is illegal, nothing stops locals from playing on sites based overseas.”

blog:

Poker legal briefing, from Florida to Congress (Ante Up, 03/15/07)
“The tournament bill SOUNDS exciting, but I’m a bit skeptical. Live-game betting limits are not changed by either of these bills, so the end result would be the ability to offer high-stakes tournaments without being able to offer the high-stakes cash games that most pros crave, and insist upon.”

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