Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/16/07)

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article:
Poker clubs bet on legal action (The Observer, 04/15/07)


Online Poker: Republican Still Wants to Legalize it (Gambling911, 04/15/07)

Ex-gambler: Casinos can cause problems (Register-Herald, 04/15/07)

Opinion: The time for gambling may be now (Winfield Daily Courier, 04/11/07)

blog:
Another Big Dallas Poker Bust – More to Come, Police Say (Pokerati, 04/15/07)

Higher poker limits in Florida? (Ante Up!, 04/15/07)

Josh Arieh on Atlanta Poker Busts: “So Ridiculous. They Blow It Out of Proportion” (Wicked Chops, 04/13/07)

Poker in Tennessee (Say Uncle, 04/14/07)

Fly on the Wall: Listening in the Al D’Amato/PPA Teleconference (Kick Ass Poker, 04/15/07)

A Change in the Cards? (Hard Boiled Poker, 04/14/07)

excerpt:
Poker clubs bet on legal action (The Observer, 04/15/07)
“Tessa Jowell faces fresh embarrassment from her controversial Gambling Act as the UK’s poker clubs join forces to challenge the new legislation. They are considering taking legal action over the gaming law and, to boost their case, they will this week form a trade association. They have already hired top legal advice and Citigate as lobbyist. The UK Poker Clubs Association represents 72,000 members.”

Online Poker: Republican Still Wants to Legalize it (Gambling911, 04/15/07)
“In another sign that things are turning around for the better with online poker, Republican representative Jim Kasper from North Dakota has told Gambling911.com that he would like to explore licensing and regulating internet poker once again in his state of North Dakota.”

Ex-gambler: Casinos can cause problems (Register-Herald, 04/15/07)
As states become enmeshed more in gambling revenues, Wexler said voters need to remember that 5 percent of the residents in a gambling county are likely to get hooked. “My advice is to put 5 percent of all the money coming in for treatment services, education and prevention. That’s the least they could do. Good people can play and not have a problem. But don’t delude yourself that you’re not going to have problems.”

Opinion: The time for gambling may be now (Winfield Daily Courier, 04/11/07)
“People want to gamble. They are gambling. It’s become an accepted form of entertainment. Gambling creates problems. But, like drinking, people are going to do it. They are doing it. Abstinence, or the preaching of it, doesn’t seem to work. Like alcohol, the practical thing to do is allow its use with certain controls. The public can offset the social costs by increased tax revenue. Kansans are leaving the state to gamble, so we get the problems but not the benefits. The moral stand against gambling may work for those who believe it. But gambling itself isn’t immoral. Just like a bottle of vodka sitting in the cabinet isn’t moral or immoral. It just is.”

blog:
Another Big Dallas Poker Bust – More to Come, Police Say (Pokerati, 04/15/07)
The Dallas Police Department continues its crackdown on illegal gambling … busting a poker game at the Audie Murphy VFW Post 1837 just several hours ago. There were reportedly seven full tables running when nearly 20 police officers entered the room. It was the vice squad this time, not the SWAT team … though some undercover player-officers were donning black hoods, face masks, and sunglasses to keep their identity sealed — one of whom responded to the name “Curtis.”

Higher poker limits in Florida? (Ante Up!, 04/15/07)
“Some changes to bills making their way through the Florida Legislature just might make it happen. But remember, we have a long way to go before any of this stuff becomes law. But here’s an update on changes to some bills (note: “CS” stands for “committee substitute” to the original bill), followed by some commentary:”

Josh Arieh on Atlanta Poker Busts: “So Ridiculous. They Blow It Out of Proportion” (Wicked Chops, 04/13/07)
“Arieh has played with some of the guys nabbed in the first raid and said that the reports have been blown out of proportion and that the game was a $1,000 max buy-in $5-10 NL game and not a $10k buy-in high stakes game. He also poignantly explained how the media is out to make these poker players, especially in the Roswell raid, seem like the “filth of the Earth,” with erroneous accusations about drugs being found.”

Poker in Tennessee (Say Uncle, 04/14/07)
“There appears to be some dispute as to whether poker generally, and a home poker game specifically, is illegal in Tennessee. It’s certainly a valid question, especially for those of us who love to play, and have no ready access to a legal live game (absent driving or flying several hours for one). Given what I do for a living, I thought I’d put some of my training to use, and post this note here. While I don’t like the law, here’s what the statute on this says…”

Fly on the Wall: Listening in the Al D’Amato/PPA Teleconference (Kick Ass Poker, 04/15/07)
“There is, in the greater context of the world, such a thing as ‘reluctant participation.’ You know the drill — you realize you’ve got to be there, but there’s no enthusiasm to be had in the chore. Thursday’s webcast conference hosted by the Poker Players Alliance, featuring new PPA Chairman of the Board Alfonse D’Amato, was an almost perfect example. I couldn’t see what they had to announce that amounted to real news, but hey, I’ve been wrong on these things before…”

A Change in the Cards? (Hard Boiled Poker, 04/14/07)
“There’s been a lot of speculation about the PPA and its efficacy as a grass-roots, agenda-affecting organization. Some of the doubts are well-founded, though I’m going to give the PPA some credit here for doing what it can to marshall together a group whose numbers might well impress those who need impressing. Thursday’s webcast “chat” with Chairman of the Board Alphonse D’Amato clearly demonstrated the PPA’s number one priority right now is to attract more members into the fold. The webcast was open to anyone — not just those of us with the fancy cards in our wallets — and amounted to a thirty-minute rallying cry.”

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