Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (3/26/07)

article:
Can Congressman Barney Frank Free Poker From UIGEA? (Poker Player Newspaper, 03/26/07)

Poker becoming popular fund-raising tool (The Times-Picayune, 03/23/07)

Vice, vice, baby: Legalize the sin or punish the sinner? (Inside Bay Area, 03/25/07)

We’re gambling on future as betting elbows in (Orlando Sentinel, 03/25/07)

Gambling debate far from over (Herald-Dispatch, 03/26/07)

Online Gambling Industry Can Learn Something From Porn (Gambling911, 03/24/07)    

Big Sandy recognizes tourney poker player as superintendent (Great Falls Tribune, 03/24/07)

Internet Gambling: Stanford Group Gives Repeal a 10% Shot (Gambling911, 03/26/07)

Online Poker & the Leading Online Brands (Gaming Intelligence Group, 03/26/07)

Report weighs in on competition, relocation, addiction (The Columbian, 03/26/07)

blog:
Washington State Law and Poker (Eatonville Poker Club, 03/25/07)

Informal political survey of poker players (Tom Joad’s Place, 03/24/07)

Weak Become Heroes (Kelson’s Nuts, 03/25/07)

excerpt:

Can Congressman Barney Frank Free Poker From UIGEA? (Poker Player Newspaper, 03/26/07)
“Rumors of Frank’s support for repealing UIGEA have circulated throughout the poker community for a few weeks now, but confirmation from the Congressman’s office has only just been obtained. While supporting legislation to overturn or modify UIGEA might not be sufficient to accomplish the task, just bringing it forward could signal the US Department of Justice to discontinue their witch hunt against the online gaming community.”


Poker becoming popular fund-raising tool (The Times-Picayune, 03/23/07)
“In the high-stakes game of charity fundraising, nonprofit groups across the state are cashing in on the popularity of poker tournaments to boost donations. In the past two years alone, the number of charity groups getting permits for casino tournaments has increased more than tenfold, from one or two a year to sometimes twice a month, according to the state Office of Charitable Gaming.”

Vice, vice, baby: Legalize the sin or punish the sinner? (Inside Bay Area, 03/25/07)
“But people love to gamble. So, as Daniel Davies pointed out in the British newspaper the Guardian at the time, they’d just go underground. They’d learn to use offshore banks, services that already exist. And more sites would spring up to cosset their now illicit tastes; think a less scrupulous PayPal.”

We’re gambling on future as betting elbows in (Orlando Sentinel, 03/25/07)
“The gambling industry is smart; it is investing in the fringes of the law now to foster a grass-roots addiction that will later result in the votes it wants to legalize more casino-style gambling in Florida. I left Lenny’s and went to a bar without gambling being pushed on the patrons.”

Gambling debate far from over (Herald-Dispatch, 03/26/07)
“If the Family Foundation pursues its lawsuit, the debate over casino gambling definitely will not be over until the Supreme Court renders its judgment. And if the court rules against the new law, it will be back in the Legislature soon after. So keep watching. This one’s not over yet.”

Online Gambling Industry Can Learn Something From Porn (Gambling911, 03/24/07)    
“The online gambling sector and banking industry, which has already stated they will have a tough time initiating tools to combat such transactions, may look to this latest decision in the world of porn as a ray of hope. KC Jones of InformationWeek.com reported Friday that The Child Online Protection Act was effectively killed by a federal judge on Thursday, and the prospects for further legislation of its type don’t look promising.”

Big Sandy recognizes tourney poker player as superintendent (Great Falls Tribune, 03/24/07)
“Although the district’s top official was on personal leave Thursday, gambling during school hours didn’t sit well with some residents. “I’ve got kids in the school system and I don’t like it,” said Big Sandy-area rancher Austin Genereux. “I don’t mind people playing poker, but not the superintendent during school hours.”

Internet Gambling: Stanford Group Gives Repeal a 10% Shot (Gambling911, 03/26/07)

“A Stanford Bank Regulator Report has advised that a curb on Internet gambling is likely to continue and attempts at repealing this new law will probably not succeed. The report goes on to say: “We do not believe there is the political will to overturn this legislation or to carve out poker from the prohibition…”

Online Poker & the Leading Online Brands (Gaming Intelligence Group, 03/26/07)
“Whichever of the big four takes the first bold step into the online gambling market, they will gain a huge first mover advantage, adding a substantial revenue stream to their existing operations. While the passage of the UIGEA in America could have deterred some brands from considering such a gamble, the increasingly clear legislative picture in Europe makes it an ideal market for gaming, and online poker in particular.”

Report weighs in on competition, relocation, addiction (The Columbian, 03/26/07)
“City officials fear the Cowlitz casino will bankrupt its four nontribal cardrooms, which are the city’s biggest employers and taxpayers. A 10 percent tax on the cardrooms’ gross receipts nets La Center more than $3 million a year and has allowed the city to accumulate $20 million in financial reserves. The tribe had offered to guarantee the city’s gambling revenues would not drop below $3 million for 10 years, with the tribe making up any difference from actual receipts and the $3 million guarantee.”

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Washington State Law and Poker (Eatonville Poker Club, 03/25/07)
“Tim brought up an interesting question at last evenings game. Is it legal in Washington state to organize and have poker games at home or elsewhere. The answer is Yes. As long as no person or establishment gains financially from the conduct of the game it is legal. Its ok to “buy in” and to win monies as long as everyone has the same chances and its not a for profit establishment.”

Informal political survey of poker players (Tom Joad’s Place, 03/24/07)
“I tell him that I’m a freak of nature on American politics and that “80% of America wouldn’t know four candidates for President”. I tell him that “because of the bastardization of society that cares more about sports scores and celebrity gossip than they do about politics”, people don’t have time for real world issues. He said that was “impossible” and put the number down to 40%.”

Weak Become Heroes (Kelson’s Nuts, 03/25/07)
“The shake-out from all this is that the Frank, Berkeley & Porter project (that’s all it is now, and there has been no mention of anything like it in the Senate) will put Hillary Clinton, Barrack Obama, Rudy Giuliani, Mitt Romney and John McCrazy’s views on gambling into sharp focus”

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (3/26/07)

  1. Thank you for the link!!!

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