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

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articles:
Charity poker tournaments still playing in Portsmouth (The Virginian-Pilot, 05/05/07)

U.S. to keep Internet gambling ban (Yahoo News, 05/04/07)

Gamblers, opponents spar over VFW hall poker (Dallas Morning News, 05/06/07)

Editorial: Congress overplayed hand with poker ban (Concord Monitor, 05/06/07)

Foes of table games file lawsuit in W.Va. (Centre Daily Times, 05/07/07)

Online gambling law no threat to poker series (St. Petersburg Times, 05/05/07)

blogs:
Citizen Poker (Pokerati, 05/06/07)

Family Research Council on Internet Gambling (Science Blogs, 05/03/07)

excerpts:

Charity poker tournaments still playing in Portsmouth (The Virginian-Pilot, 05/05/07)
“At least one bingo hall owner and members of a local charity group continue to host charitable poker tournaments, despite efforts by city leaders to shut down the games. In April, Portsmouth’s city attorney asked a state police charity to stop a poker tournament it had been running after determining that the games are illegal. The police organization complied, agreeing to shut down its games next month, but the tournaments may continue to benefit other charities.”



U.S. to keep Internet gambling ban (Yahoo News, 05/04/07)

“The United States will maintain a ban on Internet gambling services despite an adverse World Trade Organization ruling, the U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Friday. The move opens the door for other WTO members — ranging from tiny Antigua and Barbuda to the 27-nation European Union — to seek potential damages at the WTO.”

Gamblers, opponents spar over VFW hall poker (Dallas Morning News, 05/06/07)

“Poker players grumbling over police raids that shut down a veterans’ Texas hold ’em game and other card-playing joints are hoping for relief from a bill moving through the Legislature. Police say the April 14 raid on the Audie Murphy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1837 in Far East Dallas was spurred by neighborhood complaints, which they say are the driving force behind the past year’s stepped-up enforcement of illegal poker rooms.”

Editorial: Congress overplayed hand with poker ban (Concord Monitor, 05/06/07)
“A competitor of lesser ability, on a lucky day, can beat even the best in the business. It happened on June 6, 1919, when Man O’ War, perhaps the greatest racehorse of all time, lost the only race in his 21 starts. The horse that beat him was a 100-1 shot, and while his name might not be the reason the word appears above some of the biggest stories of all in sports and politics, it was, for the record, Upset. Luck plays a role in every endeavor. But when it plays a big role, it’s called gambling, which in New Hampshire and many other states is illegal. The law treats games of skill and games of chance differently, but it’s not always easy to tell which is which.”

Foes of table games file lawsuit in W.Va. (Centre Daily Times, 05/07/07)
“A group filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to block the state’s four racetracks from adding poker, blackjack and other table games. The West Virginia Family Foundation wants the state Supreme Court of Appeals to strike down the law passed earlier this year that would allow voters in the four racetrack counties to decide if table games should be added to the current pastimes of racing and slot machines.”

Online gambling law no threat to poker series (St. Petersburg Times, 05/05/07)
“Jeffrey Pollack did wonders for marketing the NBA and NASCAR think in-car camera, and now he’s trying to do the same with poker as the commissioner of the World Series of Poker, which kicks off June 1. But he’s doing it amid a $17.1-billion private-equity buyout of Series owner Harrah’s Entertainment and uncertainty over how a new federal law restricting online gambling will affect the legendary event.”

blogs:
Citizen Poker (Pokerati, 05/06/07)

“Good story in today’s DMN about the VFW poker bust, the Texas Poker Act, and police frustration with the issue of illegal Texas Hold’em games in North Texas. No mention of the armed robberies that police don’t/can’t handle … and the person who accuses poker players of throwing bottles in her yard doesn’t give her name, which is too bad.”

Family Research Council on Internet Gambling (Science Blogs, 05/03/07)
“The Family Research Council is blathering ignorantly about Barney Frank’s proposal to repeal Frist’s absurd anti-gambling bill and legalize and regulate it instead. “He says the intent of [his] bill is to overturn the hard-fought-for bill last year that allowed for the federal government to help out the state governments in prosecuting their Internet gambling bans,” McCluskey explains. “However, this bill would go even further to overturn state laws and federalize the whole issue …,” essentially making it “okay” on the federal level for Internet gambling and allowing the World Trade Organization and other countries to “interfere in our business,” he adds.”

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