Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/04/07)

articles:
Berkley offers bill on study of Web wagers (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 05/04/07)

Table Gaming Vote Fast Approaching In Jefferson County (WHAG-TV, 05/03/07)

Texas poker bill goes to vote next week (Poker Listings, 05/03/07)

Sports Lobby Against UIGEA Repeal (Poker News, 05/04/07)

Why is Horse Racing Given Special Status? (Major Wager, 05/04/07)

blog:
#121 – Poker and the Law – What’s “skill”? And what’s “a game”? Adventures in the Law, Part III-B (Full Tilt Poker Blog, 05/03/07)

excerpts:
Berkley offers bill on study of Web wagers (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 05/04/07)
“In another effort to roll back an Internet gambling ban, Rep. Shelley Berkley on Thursday introduced a bill calling for a one-year study of online wagering by the National Academy of Sciences. “One of the advantages of this legislation is that it doesn’t take a side,” she said. “It doesn’t say Internet gambling is good or bad. It says ‘Let’s study the issue.’ ” But Berkley, D-Nev., acknowledged she wants to repeal the Internet gambling ban approved last year by Congress.”


Table Gaming Vote Fast Approaching In Jefferson County (WHAG-TV, 05/03/07)
“In just over a month, Jefferson County residents will be voting on whether to allow table gaming. The issue has become more and more prominent to the point that some may have already received phone calls asking your opinion on it. The table gaming issue is definitely becoming more visible. Early voting starts on May 18th, and during the special election to be held on June 9th, voters will decide whether games like black jack and poker should be allowed at Charles Town Races and Slots.”

Texas poker bill goes to vote next week (Poker Listings, 05/03/07)
“Despite its namesake – Texas Hold’em – being one of its most certifiable claims to fame, real-money poker for profit (outside the players) still isn’t legal in Texas. Until, possibly, next week. A recent bill engineered by San Antonio state representative Jose Menendez is about to go up for a full vote in the state House of Representatives, with legal, real-money, public poker its objective. Poker has been allowed previously in Texas, of course, as long as nobody financially benefits from the game outside of its players.”

Sports Lobby Against UIGEA Repeal (Poker News, 05/04/07)
“Last week Congressman Barney Frank introduced a bill that would effectively legalize and regulate online gaming in the US. While Frank, Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, made some friends in the online gaming community, he picked up one predictable and powerful foe; the professional sports lobby.”

Why is Horse Racing Given Special Status? (Major Wager, 05/04/07)
“So why is Congress so adamant about giving horse racing this special exemption? For one thing, horse racing, unlike most other sports wants betting on its events. But more importantly, the horse racing industry has a huge lobby in Washington with deep pockets. It is well known that the horse racing lobby spent millions in getting the IHA passed in 1978 and the exemption in 2000. And it was further reported by The Guardian that the horse racing lobby spent a great deal of money and took considerable time to “educate” congressmen about horse racing. Furthermore, according to opensecrets.com, the NTRA made a $10,000 contribution to Robert Goodlatte’s 2004 election campaign, which is significant since Goodlatte was one of the founders of the original prohibition bill and also was one of the first to give an exemption to horse racing.”

blog:
#121 – Poker and the Law – What’s “skill”? And what’s “a game”? Adventures in the Law, Part III-B (Full Tilt Poker Blog, 05/03/07)
“The trial court in this case recognized that more skilled players would win over the long run. Yet because some guy saw a TV poker tournament where all the money got in after the turn and the underdog hit a gutshot on the river, skill can’t predominate. In nearly all games of skill where there is some element of luck, luck can determine the outcome of a single trial: the sudden shift of wind that keeps the towering drive in the ballpark, the insect that wanders into the line of the putt as the golf ball is struck, the extra seconds given to the boxer on the mat as the referee turns the wrong way in making sure the other boxer is in a neutral corner. Those things always exist, and their cumulative effect is not rare or freakish. But better competitors prevail over the long term.”

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3 responses to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/04/07)

  1. Holdem is a game with a chance of having a very high hand through luck on the river or position at the table which can mask the fact of cheating by players dealers or dealers and players giving the win to whom they decide. Noone wants to mention this for fear of wrecking the chance of poker in texas but holdem is harder to detect someone cheating than straight five card stud. Runs or placement of high or low cards together is easier as only two cards are given to each player and combined with the common cards delt on the table. If the game is played straight it can be a challenge. So when people ask why do race tracks have special status look to Royalty. This is America but our Politicians or public sevents if you will, seem to put themselves in higher position than what the people of this country want but if they get enough money for their will, they will see that only those whom they want, will receive the awards without limits. i have played poker for many years but the flagrant, throw it in your face cheating from Casinos and the employes they want to have the jobs, gives rise to the ignorance of the American people to just do it.

  2. I think its time the poker players took a stand as to what type of rules they want with regards to the new way of playing cards ;as I have seen a few times on tv and a great deal on the internet. remember on the net your playing against a computer. The codes used to influence players , derive from the cards; sometimes placement in your holecard; on the table {commom}, and even in the amount of money displayed for players. It is being taught as a way to win by finding the target, the target being; those who willnot, are dont know, too go along and the more people that are foolish enough too go along ,will send a message that this is the way of the future. What this will really do is give control to the programers to select winners and it might be you if you obey and to the mechanic in the case of casinos. They will have total control and for what ever they decide will be presented as truth because you will always be learning. Its just a trick and this will destroy the game and put all the money in corporations. however there are people who think their special, been playing poker for 2 years and won a tournament lot of money, throw a dog a bone,why do you think holdem was the game promoted its like having wild cards the element of luck is high and and makes cheating harder to detect . Ive played cards for many years and love to play against tallented players, thats how you learn; if the game is straight the best will win and those learning will learn if they want to become good at it. This is the only way to insure future of the game and real poker players. I hope you will take note and look into this for yourself. Also for those with too much light in their eyes 2 years does not make a real poker player. CANARD!!!!

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