Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (4/03/07)

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article:
High Stakes Legal Battle In Wallkill – Town Ups Ante In Poker Faceoff (Times Herald-Record, 04/03/07)

Poker measure draws opposition (Star-Telegram, 04/03/07)

Gambling crackdown toughened – Poker games targeted (The Journal Gazette, 04/03/07)

Casinos looking to beat the House (The Desert Sun, 04/02/07)

blog:
What Can Barney Frank Really Do? (Bill Rini, 04/03/07)

Texas Hold’em in Texas!? (Pokerlogy, 04/03/07)

excerpt:

High Stakes Legal Battle In Wallkill – Town Ups Ante In Poker Faceoff (Times Herald-Record, 04/03/07)
“Town of Wallkill — Al Otto’s all in. It’s up to the Town of Wallkill to call or fold. Otto started a social club last year where members play tournament-style Texas Hold’ em poker. The 130 members gather on the second floor of a nondescript office building along Route 211 four nights a week. Now Otto is calling the town officials’ bluff as they prepare to put his club, AK Tournament Play, out of business. He has filed a lawsuit, claiming town officials have violated his rights.”

Poker measure draws opposition (Star-Telegram, 04/03/07)
“State Rep. Jose Menendez thinks he has a pretty good hand, but Rob Kohler of the Christian Life Coalition wishes the San Antonio Democrat would fold his cards. Menendez is pushing a bill that would allow Texas hold ’em games at licensed bars and restaurants with the state taking a cut to help pay for affordable housing.”

Gambling crackdown toughened – Poker games targeted (The Journal Gazette, 04/03/07)
“House Bill 1510 now moves to the full Senate for consideration. The legislation started as a way to clarify numerous charity gaming laws, but at the urging of Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, it now includes the most serious crackdown language in recent years. Long said the bill targets all forms of illegal gambling, including Cherry Master machines and other electronic gambling devices, as well as professional poker and card houses.”

Casinos looking to beat the House (The Desert Sun, 04/02/07)
“Despite the high-stakes measures affecting Indian casinos that Congress considered last year, the $16 million tribes spent on lobbying was about 25 percent less than they spent in 2003, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Experts attribute the drop-off to the scandal. “Since the Abramoff scandal, they have taken more care in selecting lobbyists to represent them,” said Roger Gros, editor of the magazine Global Gaming Business. “They’re much more selective on where they spend their money.”

blog:
What Can Barney Frank Really Do? (Bill Rini, 04/03/07)
“Of course, everyone is giddy with excitement now that Barney Frank has declared his intention to have the law overturned. Being the glass half-full type of guy that I am, I’m waiting to see how this plays out before popping the champagne. Let’s just be honest for a second here folks; online gambling or gambling of any form is not an issue risk-averse politicians like to dirty their hands with unless there’s something in it for them.”

Texas Hold’em in Texas!? (Pokerlogy, 04/03/07)
“Want to see something funny? Tomorrow they’re going to have a public hearing on the Texas Hold’em poker bill IN Texas. Now I don’t remember the exact historical details of Texas Hold’em poker but I do find it funny that Texas Hold’em may be allowed in Texas. I mean the game itself has the name of the state yet nobody can play in that state because of the previous bill…”

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