Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (04/25/07)

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Democrat says expect online gambling bill Thursday (Reuters, 04/25/07)


Washington State: Online Poker is no Longer a Felony in Homes (PokerPages, 04/25/07)

Player Profile: Erik Seidel (Poker Player Newspaper, 04/25/07)

Euro Poker News: Scandinavian Poker in Trouble (CardPlayer, 04/24/07)

Dozens arrested, millions seized in Arizona gambling raid (FOX11, 04/25/07)

press release:
CEO Poker Tour Partners with Poker Players Alliance (CEO Poker Tour, 04/25/07)

Washington State Internet Gambling Bill Amended (PocketFives, 04/24/07)

excerpt:

Democrat says expect online gambling bill Thursday (Reuters, 04/25/07)
“House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank on Wednesday said he will introduce a bill this week to lift a ban on online gambling. “Why anyone thinks it is any of my business why some adult wants to gamble is absolutely beyond me,” Frank told a community bankers group conference. Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat, said he will introduce the legislation on Thursday.”


Washington State: Online Poker is no Longer a Felony in Homes (PokerPages, 04/25/07)
“Washington State legislators last week passed Bill 1243 to correct excessive felony charges for online poker or online gambling when done in the privacy of a primary residence for recreation and not for organised profit. State Rep. Chris Strow, R-Whidbey Island, introduced House Bill 1243 on Jan 15, 2007 to correct what he considers “an inappropriate penalty for an activity responsible adults should be allowed to do in the privacy of their home.” Strow at the time the bill was introduced stated, “Most certainly choosing to gamble, or play a game of skill such as poker, should not have been made a crime equivalent to possessing child pornography or threatening the Governor.”

Player Profile: Erik Seidel (Poker Player Newspaper, 04/25/07)
He does not miss the chance to use his high profile to talk about changing public policy as it concerns poker. “I think it is too bad that poker has been caught up in legislation that mostly seems to be aimed at sport betting. I wish there was some kind of legal carve-out for poker. Poker has been in some cases a kind of innocent bystander in this battle against sport betting…”It would be nice to see the justice department to clarify its position. “It’s so hypocritical for legislators – at least some of them – to be against poker but to be in favor of betting on horses.”

Euro Poker News: Scandinavian Poker in Trouble (CardPlayer, 04/24/07)
“These 50 policemen left the city of Uddewalla and travelled 70 kilometers (45 miles) to Grebbestad, in order to stop a live event with 682 players. It’s not illegal to play poker in Sweden, but it’s illegal to organize tournaments and cash games. Nobody really cares about the law, but the Swedish Gaming Board decided that enough was enough when the evening papers started to cover the events.”

Dozens arrested, millions seized in Arizona gambling raid (FOX11, 04/25/07)
“Undercover deputies had infiltrated the rings operating in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said. Bettors placed wagers over the Web, while bookies, collectors and loan sharks operated out of Phoenix-area bars and restaurants. “When you play poker, that’s for amusement,” Arpaio said Tuesday. “This is not for amusement. This is to make money, to make money illegally. That’s what this organization is all about.”

press release:

CEO Poker Tour Partners with Poker Players Alliance (CEO Poker Tour, 04/25/07)
“The CEO Poker Tour (www.ceopokertour.com), where executives battle for the title of Chairman of Poker, is partnering with the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) (www.pokerplayersalliance.org), which supports poker player rights, by strategically including PPA in the year long poker tour. The partnership will include a strong presence at every tournament location to include: placement of PPA items and information in CEO Poker gift bags, poker room banner, CEO Poker website insertion with link to PPA website, logo on direct mail pieces, and more.”

Washington State Internet Gambling Bill Amended (PocketFives, 04/24/07)
“On April 3, 2007, groundbreaking legislation in the state of Washington regarding online gambling was passed by its Senate. Two weeks later, the same legislation passed the House of Representatives. The legislation in question dramatically altars the landscape of online gambling in the Evergreen State, providing some relief to online poker players who reside within its borders. PocketFives examines the new amendment and talks with the Poker Players Alliance about else can be done.”

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