Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/14/07)

articles:
Texas Poker Bill Fails to Reach Floor- So Dies (Poker Pages, 05/14/07)

Poker Parlor in NH Delayed by Tie Vote (Poker Pages, 05/12/07)

Democratic Broward delegation had its voice heard (Miami Herald, 05/12/07)

Opinion: Frank’s cards on the table – It’s good deal to regulate online poker (Boston Herald, 05/14/07)

DA says son involved in poker games Three others charged in gambling ring (Press & Sun-Bulletin, 05/12/07)

Web Gambling Cos. Operated Out of Utah (Forbes, 05/11/07)

C.J.: Berman gets high-stakes revenge for poker bust at his almost-mater (Star Tribune, 05/12/07)

blogs:
They came, they saw, they folded (Anne Schroeder, 05/10/07)

excerpts:
Texas Poker Bill Fails to Reach Floor- So Dies (Poker Pages, 05/14/07)
“Because of its position near the end of the list of bills for the day, supporters for Texas State bill HB 3186 to legalize and regulate forms of Texas Hold’em in its namesake state, had to watch as the bill was ‘blinded out’ of the legislative process, effectively killing the bill. Mike Lavigne, treasurer of the Texas Poker Political Action Committee, a grassroots organization created to encourage legal, safe and accessible poker in Texas was on hand at the Austin State Capitol watching the clock tick down to midnight, when, according to the state legislature’s rules, if the bill had not reached the floor for its second reading it would be dropped from further consideration.”


Poker Parlor in NH Delayed by Tie Vote (Poker Pages, 05/12/07)
“The zoning board in the scenic New England town of Nashua New Hampshire (NH) could not break a tie vote to approve or disapprove renovation plans for a full-time poker parlor, according to the Nashua Telegraph, effectively delaying the project. Under a law passed last year by New Hampshire lawmakers, professional firms are allowed to help nonprofit organizations with fundraising through gambling events. Also during this past April, the NH Senate voted by voice to pass a bill for the NH pari-mutuel commission to license charitable gaming operators, ranging from bingo to Texas Hold’em poker.”

Democratic Broward delegation had its voice heard (Miami Herald, 05/12/07)
“Another bill allows poker rooms around the state to stay open any 12 hours a day all year. Under current state law they can only be open between noon and midnight on days the parimutuel hosts live racing or jai alai play. The change also permits a $5 maximum bet. But opponents of gambling expansion blocked proposals that would have allowed televised high-stakes poker tournaments and class II slot machines at all the state’s parimutuels.”

Opinion: Frank’s cards on the table – It’s good deal to regulate online poker (Boston Herald, 05/14/07)
“Perhaps the biggest government blunders in U.S. history have been prohibitions. The prohibition against alcohol led to black market smuggling and speakeasies, and reaped huge profits for organized crime. Today, the prohibition on Internet gambling promises to funnel players underground, diminishing society’s ability to deal with serious challenges such as underage and problem gambling, and, more importantly, interferes with the right to individual liberty and privacy. Rep. Barney Frank’s (D-Mass.) efforts to deal with this outrageous legislation are heroic.”

DA says son involved in poker games Three others charged in gambling ring (Press & Sun-Bulletin, 05/12/07)
“With respect to my son, however, it is generally known by other participants in certain poker games under investigation that he was a participant,” Gerald Mollen said in a written statement. “Accordingly, to eliminate any speculation that perhaps my concern about my son being identified as a participant may deter me or my office from appropriately pursuing the targets of this investigation, I have determined that the public interest requires me to publicly identify my son as a participant in these games.” It’s not a crime in New York to participate as a poker player or as a bettor in gambling. But it is a crime to promote gambling by profiting from the games.”

Web Gambling Cos. Operated Out of Utah (Forbes, 05/11/07)
“Congress has largely exempted people who gamble online from criminal charges, but companies are prohibited from processing online bets. The indictment claims banks issuing Visa and MasterCard credit cards were fooled into processing Internet gambling charges. Defendants also channeled Western Union wire transfers through the Philippines. The charges include racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud, transmission of wagers and money laundering.”

C.J.: Berman gets high-stakes revenge for poker bust at his almost-mater (Star Tribune, 05/12/07)
“As Berman told a Minnesota Business Magazine leadership luncheon that honored him, Dave Anderson of Famous Dave’s fame and Steve Schussler, founder of Rainforest Cafe and T-Rex: “Starting the World Poker Tour and creating this whole legitimacy around poker was my revenge. We have certainly taken poker out of the backrooms and onto mainstream television. People look at poker players today as heroes.

blogs:
They came, they saw, they folded (Anne Schroeder, 05/10/07)
“Several lawmakers lent their, uh, hands to raise money for cancer prevention last night at the Third Annual Capitol Hill Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament at Union Station’s East Hall. There was GOPer Joe Barton of Dallas, tie slightly askew and a big grin on. (Hey, they were playing Texas Hold ‘Em.) Across the room, Rep. Howard Berman, a California Dem, seemed more interested in the crowd than his cards, and New York Dem Joe Crowley looked especially animated. (Good hand?) Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland dropped by briefly but dashed off to vote. And Martha Hinojosa sat in for hubby, Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, who, like Barton, is from the Lone Star State (but is a Dem).”

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