Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/09/07)

articles:
Game Over – Police Raid Charles Village Poker Game (City Paper, 05/09/07)

Poker run? No chance (The News & Observer, 05/09/07)

Opinion: Oh, but you can turn a dance into an ace (Yes! Weekly, 05/08/07)

U.S. gambling revenues up 6.8 percent to $32.4 billion (Las Vegas Sun, 05/08/07)

WTO, Antigua, and U.S. Trade Issues Made Simple (CardPlayer, 05/09/07)

press release:
PPA Membership Explodes to Nearly 500,000  (PocketFives, 05/09/07)

excerpts:

Game Over – Police Raid Charles Village Poker Game (City Paper, 05/09/07)
“I’m just completely petrified now,” Bryan Hillman, 41, says over the phone on April 25, six days after Baltimore City police raided a Charles Village poker game where he was playing. “I’m done. No more poker. It’s just lost its appeal to me. I had only gone two times, and that night I brought exactly $100. I had this notion that they were charity games and there were permits. That’s just my being very naive.”


Poker run? No chance (The News & Observer, 05/09/07)
“Poker is illegal in North Carolina, as underscored last week by an N.C. Court of Appeals ruling. Even charity games violate the state’s broadly worded gambling statutes, although law enforcement officials and district attorneys rarely shut down the action of a legitimate group raising money for a good cause. Under state law, playing or running any game of chance is a Class 2 misdemeanor, unless there’s an exemption, as there is for the N.C. Education Lottery or charity bingo and raffles. Poker isn’t exempted; nor is the game’s motorcycle derivative, a no-skill game of chance in which bikers pay an entry fee and ride to five locations, drawing a card at each stop.”

Opinion: Oh, but you can turn a dance into an ace (Yes! Weekly, 05/08/07)
“You can’t play poker in the state of North Carolina. Not for money, anyway, and if you’re not playing for money, then it’s not really poker. That’s according to a ruling made by a state Court of Appeals panel last week. Three judges ruled unanimously that poker was essentially a game of luck, therefore it’s illegal under state gambling prohibitions. Bingo, last time we checked, was still cool.”

U.S. gambling revenues up 6.8 percent to $32.4 billion (Las Vegas Sun, 05/08/07)
“The number of poker players heading to casinos doesn’t appear to have been affected by a federal Internet gambling ban passed last fall, though it may be too early to tell, Fahrenkopf said. His association initially backed the bill but Fahrenkopf said it has switched positions and supports legislation calling for a study of the issue.”

WTO, Antigua, and U.S. Trade Issues Made Simple (CardPlayer, 05/09/07)
“A Summary of Recent Issues Concerning American Online Consumers. The World Trade Organization ruling, Antigua’s reason for filing the lawsuit, the issue of “remote gambling,” and the recent statement from Deputy United States Trade Representative John K. Veroneau are all very simple to understand. Some background is necessary.”

press release:
PPA Membership Explodes to Nearly 500,000  (PocketFives, 05/09/07)
“About one year ago, PocketFives.com had Michael Bolcerek, President of the Poker Players Alliance, on its weekly Podcast. One of the very first political guests the show ever had, Bolcerek spoke about his plans to build something at the time most people probably didn’t think was possible – a lobbying force composed of online poker players. Fast forward one year to May, 2007, and you’ll see that the PPA is nearing the half million member mark. Driven largely by no-cost memberships and the arrival of former Republican Senator Alfonse D’Amato as its Chairman, the PPA’s membership has quadrupled in recent months. PocketFives.com sat down with PPA President Michael Bolcerek during a busy day on Capitol Hill to discuss this explosive growth.”

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