Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/12/07)

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Long haul for U.S. online gambling bill – Frank (Reuters, 04/12/07)


Sebelius Anticipates Gambling Legal Challenges (KMBC-TV, 04/11/07)

Senate OKs assault on illegal gambling (The Journal Gazette, 04/12/07)

Mount Pleasant poker player pleads guilty (The Post and Courier, 04/12/07)

Police organization will fold poker game in Portsmouth (The Virginian-Pilot, 04/12/07)

U.S. backpedaling on Internet gambling laws (Covers, 04/11/07)

Texas Poker Would Generate $155 Million a Year (CardPlayer, 04/11/07)

National Poker League Launches Charity Poker Tour (PokerNews, 04/12/07)

media:
Sebelius Anticipates Gambling Legal Challenges (KMBC-TV, 04/11/07)

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Long haul for U.S. online gambling bill – Frank (Reuters, 04/12/07)
“A bill to end a ban imposed last year on online gambling in the United States will be presented within two weeks but will likely need time to garner support, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank said on Thursday. Internet gambling in the United States was effectively banned last October when President George W. Bush signed legislation outlawing gaming financial transactions. “I want to get it undone,” Frank told reporters.”


Sebelius Anticipates Gambling Legal Challenges (KMBC-TV, 04/11/07)
“Kansans have repeatedly demonstrated their support for expanded gaming,” she said during her Wichita event, adding the bill is a responsible expansion of gaming that requires public approval and state oversight. The state-owned casino-and-hotel complexes would be designed to attract out-of-state tourists. “It is about keeping money here in Kansas, without raising taxes,” Sebelius said in Wichita.”

Senate OKs assault on illegal gambling (The Journal Gazette, 04/12/07)
“House Bill 1510 addresses a concern of local non-profit groups by allowing them to use their full-time employees to put on charitable gambling events, such as a raffle or casino night. But Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, added language to the bill that would give the state more tools to go after illegal gambling, from Cherry Master machines, electronic gaming devices to poker tournaments.”

Mount Pleasant poker player pleads guilty (The Post and Courier, 04/12/07)
“One of the “Mount Pleasant 18″ poker players arrested last year has agreed to plead guilty rather than fight the charges. Alvin Johnston, 24, of Charleston, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of gambling. He was fined $100 by municipal Judge Thomas Hesse, authorities said.”

Police organization will fold poker game in Portsmouth (The Virginian-Pilot, 04/12/07)
“City officials have forced organizers of a lucrative poker tournament to shut down the games. Texas Hold ’em charitable tournaments will end June 10, Skip Blanchard, an event organizer and a second vice president for the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police, said Wednesday. The FOP’s one-year contract with the bingo hall where the games are played ends in June. “We’re done,” Blanchard said”

U.S. backpedaling on Internet gambling laws (Covers, 04/11/07)
“Some high rollers are now choosing to gamble in Macao rather than Las Vegas. To make up for these losses, name-brand Las Vegas hotels want to get into online gambling, which could make them more aggressive in pushing for changes in legislation. Nevada representatives Shelley Berkley and Jon Porter both want to introduce a bill calling for an 18-month study of online gambling by the National Academy of Science. It’s significant, too, that last week Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman sent a proposal to NBA Commissioner David Stern telling him Las Vegas sportsbooks would not take down any NBA games if given a team.”

Texas Poker Would Generate $155 Million a Year (CardPlayer, 04/11/07)
“More than 60 people came out to support a bill in Texas that would make it legal to play poker in certain bars there, but despite the support, the bill still remains in the Texas House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee. That might change when committee members see the amount that the state’s comptroller’s office estimates will be generated by taxing poker in Texas.”

National Poker League Launches Charity Poker Tour (PokerNews, 04/12/07)
“The newly formed National Poker League has joined forces with charity-marketing force FundRaisers.com to create the Charity Poker Tour, which will run hand-in-hand with the championships held at every NPL venue, including the upcoming May NPL kickoff at the Paris Open, held at Cercle Gaillon.”

media:
Sebelius Anticipates Gambling Legal Challenges (KMBC-TV, 04/11/07)

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