Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/19/07)

article:
Frank says Net bet ban resistance growing (Las Vegas Review Journal, 04/19/07)

Internet Gambling: Strategic Meeting to Take Place in DC Thursday (Gambling911, 04/18/07)

Poker raids target VFW and AmVets posts (The Dallas Morning News, 04/19/07)

Iowa House OKs $10,000 Cash Prizes, but Only for Non-profit Poker (PokerPages, 04/19/07)

Lodi cardroom plan comes under fire (Record, 04/19/07)

Gambling bills clear House panel (Florida Baptist Witness, 04/19/07)

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Frank says Net bet ban resistance growing (Las Vegas Review Journal, 04/19/07)
“Although there may not be much support in Congress for Internet gambling, Rep. Barney Frank says resistance is growing against a ban passed late last year. “I think a lot of members of Congress voted for that (ban) without having given it a lot of attention,” Frank said Wednesday. “And I think that there is growing opposition to it,” he said. “I think that this may be a case where, after the fact of having voted for it, people don’t like it and they reconsider.” Frank, the new chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said he plans to introduce a bill “probably next week, maybe the week after” against the Internet gambling ban.”


Internet Gambling: Strategic Meeting to Take Place in DC Thursday (Gambling911, 04/18/07)
“Gambling911.com has learned that a meeting will be held between the Financial Services Committee and lobbyists regarding a strategy for the repeal efforts involving the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act that was signed into law this past October.  This meeting will take place in Washington on Thursday.”

Poker raids target VFW and AmVets posts (The Dallas Morning News, 04/19/07)
“Two veterans organizations’ posts were raided for alleged illegal gambling last weekend in Far East Dallas. Police busted a poker operation at the AmVets Post No. 106, in the 2300 block of Oates Drive, on Friday night, Dallas police Lt. Christina Smith said. The following night, police said, they broke up poker games at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1837, in the 2300 block of Lakeland Drive.”

Iowa House OKs $10,000 Cash Prizes, but Only for Non-profit Poker (PokerPages, 04/19/07)
“After a lively debate Monday, the U.S. State of Iowa’s House of Representatives agreed that non-profit organizations could award up to $10,000 in cash prizes at annual game nights, which can include popular poker games. Currently only $10,000 in merchandise may be given away by such groups, but not cash. Representative Brian Quirk, (Dem.) New Hampton, pointed out who will benefit by the measure, saying, “Who is this about? Who is this going to help? Your local firefighters, your EMS, your local Lions club, your Kiwanis, your local church. The restrictions for buy-in is minimal.”

Lodi cardroom plan comes under fire (Record, 04/19/07)
“Ken Owen had a full house supporting his appeal of a Lodi cardroom expansion on Wednesday night. That impressive hand, and the public pressure it brought on the City Council, wasn’t enough to beat the pocket aces a group of investors proposing to open the Wine Country Casino and Restaurant had already been dealt, however. Council members denied the appeal Owen filed through his religious-based group Christian Community Concerns with a 4-1 vote at 11:19 p.m., after The Record’s press deadline. The vote came with the contingency that the cardroom be closed by 2 a.m. nightly, and that the word casino be replaced by the word cardroom in the name.”

Gambling bills clear House panel (Florida Baptist Witness, 04/19/07)
“Pro-family interests were handed a mixed bag last week as members of the Florida Legislature considered card room legislation, video lotteries, stem cell research and a tightening of parental notification laws. In the final weeks of its two-month annual session, which ends May 4, pro-family advocates were disappointed when a bill allowing pari-mutuels to open 265 days a year and 24 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday passed handily out of a committee in the typically more conservative Florida House of Representatives.”

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/19/07)

  1. As an online and offline poker player (thank God for California!), a political activist, and lobbyist, there is a middle ground to the issue; one that could gain support rather quickly in Congress. Congress passed the ban last year because it was attached to the Port Security bill, and there was no way they were going to vote against Port Security. Many members of the Senate and House, primarily Democrats, did not like the way the bill was attached and “rammed down their throats.”

    However, changing it will be difficult; especially if it comes in form of “repeal and replace”, which I fear is the strategy of the PPA. Repeal the ban, and replace it with some type of regulated online poker commission, so that online poker can be taxed and monitored.

    There is an easier way, and one that gives political cover to our legislators. At the end of the day, it is all about political cover. Legislation can be introduced to modify the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act by excluding poker, on the grounds that poker is “predominantly a game of skill”. The bill could also call for the study of internet gambling in general, and the creation of a National Online Gaming Commission; which could ultimately lead to poker being regulated and taxed, along with other online casino and gaming mediums.

    Given the difference of opinions by the Courts as to whether or not poker is predominantly a game of skill or a game of chance, this type of “baby step” would give our legislators a reason to vote for the bill; especially combined with the prospect of a study and future regulatory action.

    Just my opinion……but it’s an opinion that has been acknowledged and agreed to by 4 members of Congress and two Senators…………

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