Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/17/07)

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article:
Card house falls (Frontiersman, 04/17/07)

When is poker illegal? (KTUU, 04/17/07)

Track workers to get bonus if table games OK’d (Charleston Daily Mail, 04/17/07)

UK Poker Clubs Association To Check-Raise the Government (Poker News, 04/17/07)

blog:
Internet Gambling: Down But Not Out (Out of Control, 04/17/07)

excerpt:
Card house falls (Frontiersman, 04/17/07)
“Alaska State Troopers and members of the Palmer and Wasilla police on Saturday busted what they say was a large, ongoing criminal gambling enterprise serving the needs of high-stakes Mat-Su poker players for more than a year. Police raided a home on Merciful Circle off Bogard Road at approximately 1:05 a.m. Saturday and subsequently arrested five people – including an assistant principal at Chugiak High School – who troopers say ran the organized card game. Troopers also seized more than $9,000 in cash and 14 poker tables.”


When is poker illegal? (KTUU, 04/17/07)
“The World Series of Poker, Celebrity Poker Showdown and Poker World Tour, it seems everywhere you look these days, someone is playing poker. Texas hold ’em is now a common event at weekend get-togethers, but how do you know when your game has crossed the line into illegal gambling? Nowadays, everyone is playing poker, from moms and dads to teenagers.”

Track workers to get bonus if table games OK’d (Charleston Daily Mail, 04/17/07)
“Obviously they’ve got to turn out their voters,” Sparks said. “We know we can turn out our voters in Kanawha County. The West Virginia Values Coalition is going to help us. This isn’t going to be won by the West Virginia Council of Churches vs. the gambling industry. It’s going to be won by pastors and other organizations and counselors who are out there dealing with compulsive gamblers and people in the pews talking about why this is problematic.”

UK Poker Clubs Association To Check-Raise the Government (Poker News, 04/17/07)
“The UK Poker Clubs Association, a recently-formed organisation representing poker clubs in the UK, has employed a political lobbyist in its efforts to help force a change of thinking by the Government on its approach to licensing poker clubs. The UKPCA says that it is considering taking legal action against the Government in an attempt to force a change in the Gambling Act 2005, which is due for implementation on 1st September 2007.”

blog:
Internet Gambling: Down But Not Out (Out of Control, 04/17/07)
“Word is that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) is readying legislation to lift the ban on Internet gambling – or at least relieve the banks of the responsibility of enforcing it. The bill reportedly has the support of Ron Paul (R-Texas), a member of the House Financial Services Committee that Frank chairs. The news follows a March 30 World Trade Organization finding that the ban is not compliant with an earlier WTO ruling that called on the U.S. to change the way it regulates on-line gambling.”

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