Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (4/02/07)

article:
Poker enthusiasts seek to legalize public wagering in Texas (Houston Chronicle, 04/02/07)

Table game foes brace for battle (Charleston Daily Mail, 04/02/07)

As casinos open, many look for new career as poker dealer (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 04/02/07)

excerpt:
Poker enthusiasts seek to legalize public wagering in Texas (Houston Chronicle, 04/02/07)
“Poker players who now attend illegally organized card games would get to take part in legal, licensed Texas Hold ‘Em wagering across the state under a proposal the Legislature is considering. The bill by Rep. Jose Menendez, a San Antonio Democrat, would allow live or electronic poker gambling at certain establishments as well as charitable poker for qualified groups.”


Table game foes brace for battle (Charleston Daily Mail, 04/02/07)
“We’re not worried about the time at all,” said Kevin McCoy, president of the West Virginia Family Foundation. “We think that the gambling industry has their work cut out for them without a whole lot of effort from us. Nevertheless, we will pursue a campaign to inform and educate the public” The opposition is moving forward on two tracks. McCoy’s group is focusing on a lawsuit to battle table games on constitutional grounds. The other is working with religious leaders to fight the issue on moral grounds.”

As casinos open, many look for new career as poker dealer (South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 04/02/07)
“Barbara Hausman knows how to turn the odds in her favor. The 48-year-old real estate agent played in the Ladies’ World Series of Poker last year, her first major tournament, and placed in the top 9 percent. Now, she’s raising the stakes, hoping to try her hand as a professional poker dealer. “It’s a ground-floor opportunity,” said Hausman, of Delray Beach, who just graduated from the Casino Dealer’s Academy in Hollywood. “The writing on the wall is that there will eventually be full-scale gaming in Florida.”

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