Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (4/05/07)

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article:
Thirty-three charged in poker bust (Hendricks County Flyer, 04/04/07)

2 poker clubs receive police warnings (Journal and Courier, 04/05/07)

Poker clubs may be forced to fold (The Kokomo Tribune, 04/05/07)

Gaming raid nets pair (The Sun Chronicle, 04/05/07)

excerpt:

Thirty-three charged in poker bust (Hendricks County Flyer, 04/04/07)
“Willis said he and his attorney maintain that based on Indiana Code 35-4-5-1, poker is a game of skill, and therefore not illegal. He cited Texas and California, where poker is regulated by individual licensing, as states that have chosen to view poker in that light. “So many states are looking at it the right way, saying, ‘This is what our population wants to do, let’s regulate it like we should and make it safe and fun for everybody,’” Willis said. “Instead, we have a very powerful casino and horse track lobby in this state, and the state has decided to enforce that they’re going to protect (them).”

2 poker clubs receive police warnings (Journal and Courier, 04/05/07)
“Two Lafayette poker clubs appear to have closed after receiving written police warnings that they were illegal. Capt. Kevin Gibson of the Lafayette Police Department said police received complaints last month about two operations – Smokin Aces in the former Pay Less shopping center on Old U.S. 231 and Lafayette River Club in Valley Plaza on South Fourth Street.”

Poker clubs may be forced to fold (The Kokomo Tribune, 04/05/07)
“Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-7th District, a member of the Rules Committee, voiced his support for the legislation Wednesday. “It is aimed at Texas Hold’em places,” Hershman said of the amendment. “We have gaming in the state that is heavily regulated and policed. If a person makes a choice to gamble, there is some certainty of what they can expect.”

Gaming raid nets pair (The Sun Chronicle, 04/05/07)
“Two men were arrested on gambling charges Wednesday afternoon after police conducted three simultaneous raids at two residences and a downtown consulting office they say was actually a front set up to mask a lucrative sports betting operation. Police seized evidence, including computers, printers, numerous alleged betting slips, two casino-style poker tables, chips and other evidence “indicative of gambling,” Detective Sgt. Arthur Brillon said.”

media:
Local Gambling Clubs Shut Down (WLFI-TV, 04/04/07)
“After receiving a letter from Lafayette Police, a gambling club in Lafayette closed its doors last week.  The Lafayette River Club hosted Texas Hold ’em Poker Tournaments six nights a week. The signs on Lafayette River Club have already been taken down.  Former Owner Don Willis said more than 600 people used the club to play Texas Hold ’em.”

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