Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/03/07)

articles:
Harvard Ponders Just What It Takes To Excel at Poker (Wall Street Journal, 05/03/07)


The Big Game is Online (Poker Player Newspaper, 05/03/07)

Chuck Blount: Texas poker advocates make push for legalization (San Antonio Express-News. 05/02/07)

Gambling bills face long odds (Star-Telegram. 05/03/07)

Hillary Clinton: Where’s the Rodham? (Yahoo News, 04/30/07)

Place a bet: Is he a nerd or a felon? (Seattle Times, 04/29/07)

Connecticut Attorney General Fights Illegal Internet Gambling On New York Horse Races (All American Patriots, 05/03/07)

blog:
Calling a Bluff (NC Policy Watch, 05/02/07)

excerpts:

Harvard Ponders Just What It Takes To Excel at Poker (Wall Street Journal, 05/03/07)
“By making the case for poker as a skill, aficionados hope to roll back the law, and even win the game newfound freedoms in states where wagering on poker is currently banned. Poker has been on a tear for years in the U.S. and is “rampant, in a good way,” among Harvard law students, Prof. Nesson says. Poker-players-turned-celebrities vie for million-dollar purses on ESPN and the Travel Channel. Millions of Americans now play the game with some regularity. The Department of Labor last year recognized “professional poker player” as an official occupation. Even Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who sent his regrets for the Harvard session, plays in a regular game.”


The Big Game is Online (Poker Player Newspaper, 05/03/07)
“Representative Frank attacks the pertinent portions of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) without any attempt to repeal it. He focuses on the issue of credit cards for online gambling payments—a matter that falls squarely within the control of the Financial Services Committee’s portfolio. And he offers up his own plan for the future of online gaming with provisions for licensing and regulating it.”

Chuck Blount: Texas poker advocates make push for legalization (San Antonio Express-News. 05/02/07)
“A recent bill submitted by San Antonio state representative Jose Menendez is set to go up for a full vote by the state House of Representatives as early as next week. It proposes the legalization of real-money poker in Texas for the first time in state history. Menendez’s bill is good news to the many grass-roots organizations such as the Texas Card Players Association and Texas Poker PAC among others that have sought to legitimize poker for years — justly advertising the game as one of skill instead of luck.”

Gambling bills face long odds (Star-Telegram. 05/03/07)
“Even though the House is still scheduled to take up the Indian gaming legislation Thursday, the leader of the Texas Senate said it and other gambling initiatives have a dim future at best in the upper chamber. “I haven’t had anyone come to me” pushing for the Indian gambling legislation, said Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who sets the Senate agenda…One measure, to allow selected bars and restaurants to host poker tournaments, has cleared Flores’ committee but has not been set for a vote by the full House.”

Hillary Clinton: Where’s the Rodham? (Yahoo News, 04/30/07)
“Democratic presidential contender Bill Richardson, in a campaign stop in Nevada, said Monday he favors overturning last year’s congressional ban on Internet gambling. “I’m against shutting it down,” Richardson said in an interview with The Associated Press. “This is important to the economy of the state, as long as it’s properly regulated and it is.” While in this wide-open gambling state, the New Mexico governor said he might occasionally play slot machines but otherwise doesn’t gamble.”

Place a bet: Is he a nerd or a felon? (Seattle Times, 04/29/07)
A law passed last year says what he’s doing is a Class C felony — a crime on the order of possessing child pornography or fleeing police or robbing a grave. To Goldman, having his name in the paper is an act of civil disobedience. He’s practically daring the state to catch him if it can. “I want to challenge the law,” he said. “I’m a regular guy. I work a 9-to-5 job. I go to Mass every weekend. And, yes, I gamble online. This makes me a felon?”

Connecticut Attorney General Fights Illegal Internet Gambling On New York Horse Races (All American Patriots, 05/03/07)
“Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and Division of Special Revenue (DRS) Executive Director Paul A. Young today sent letters to the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and New York gambling regulators demanding they scuttle an illegal plan to accept Internet horse race wagers from Connecticut residents starting today. Such wagering violates Connecticut law, which prohibits all Internet gambling, Blumenthal and Young wrote the NYRA and the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, which regulates gambling in New York state.”

Sports leagues want gambling ban upheld (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 05/02/07)
“The four major professional sports leagues and the National Collegiate Athletic Association are asking members of the House Financial Services Committee to oppose legislation by their chairman, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, that would repeal an Internet gambling ban. In an April 25 letter, officials from the leagues urge the committee to “reject proposals to reverse itself on this issue.”

blog:
Calling a Bluff (NC Policy Watch, 05/02/07)
“Judge Anne Marie Calabria wrote a thoughtful opinion in nixing a Cary man’s bid to legalize poker. Insisting that poker remains illegal because betting on games of chance is against the law in North Carolina, her opinion for the NC Court of Appeals ended Howard Fierman’s dream of overturning the longstanding ban.  Judge Calabria praised as “creative” Fierman’s likening of poker to golf, but concluded that poker is and always was a game of chance no matter how much skill one develops over time.  When it all comes down to something over which players have no control, the “turn of a card” in poker, chance trumps all.”

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