Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/23/07)

articles:
House OKs Texas Hold ‘Em for bars, restaurants (KATC3, 05/22/07)


Court will not hear gambling suit (Charleston Daily Mail, 05/23/07)

Illegal poker game busted in Newport (Knox News Sentinel, 05/22/07)

Rehearing granted for social club (Telegram & Gazette, 05/23/07)

Best to not gamble on fundraising (Kansas City Star, 05/21/07)

blog:
The Idea of the IGREA (Hard Boiled Poker, 05/22/07)

San Antonio Says No to Richard Lee Event? (Pokerati, 05/22/07)

excerpts:

House OKs Texas Hold ‘Em for bars, restaurants (KATC3, 05/22/07)
“The state House decided Tuesday that bars and restaurants should be allowed to hold Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournaments. The tournaments have been the subject of dispute because the state’s top liquor regulator says they violate Louisiana’s gambling laws. But many lawmakers say they don’t view the poker games as gambling as long as the bars and restaurants don’t get a cut of the wagering.”


Court will not hear gambling suit (Charleston Daily Mail, 05/23/07)
“State Supreme Court justices have refused to consider a lawsuit over the constitutionality of table games in West Virginia, court spokeswoman Jennifer Bundy said. In a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the justices declined to hear arguments on the petition filed by the conservative non-profit West Virginia Family Foundation, which sought to block table games at four racetracks in the state.”

Illegal poker game busted in Newport (Knox News Sentinel, 05/22/07)
“State and local authorities raided a Newport nightspot Monday night and seized cash, guns, gambling paraphernalia, and illegal liquor, according to the Fourth Judicial District Attorney General’s Office and Newport Police Department. Approximately 50 people were in The Sportsman’s Club at 571 West Broadway when the building was raided about 9:30 p.m. by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Newport Police Department.”

Rehearing granted for social club (Telegram & Gazette, 05/23/07)
“The License Commission will reconsider the alcohol license for a private social club that had its license revoked for allegedly running gambling rackets. The reconsideration is based on the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission’s recommendation that the license be suspended, rather than revoked. And, the board recommended that the suspension be for time served, the period since the license was initially revoked on March 1. The English Social Club, 29 Camp St., had appealed the local commission’s decision to revoke the license, even though it did not contest the charges.”

Best to not gamble on fundraising (Kansas City Star, 05/21/07)
“It takes money to keep an outfit like the Kansas City Roller Warriors afloat. Earlier this month, the all-female roller derby league announced a fundraiser in the form of a Texas hold ’em poker tournament. But after a week of promoting the $25 “donation” tournament, the event was abruptly canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances.” That notice was sent by e-mail about an hour after The Kansas City Star had inquired of league officials whether league lawyers had vetted and approved the event as legal. Because of the apparent pay-to-play requirement, it appeared not to be.”

blog:
The Idea of the IGREA (Hard Boiled Poker, 05/22/07)
“Just listened to Barney Frank’s recent Hold ’em Radio interview, conducted May 9th. The Hold ’em Radio website is currently being renovated, I believe, so you can’t hunt around there for the interview at present. Here’s a direct link, though, if you’re interested. (The interview is about 20 minutes long.) I’ve listened to Frank speak several times regarding the UIGEA in the past, but this was the first interview I’d heard since he’d introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (H.R. 2046) on the House floor at the end of April.”

San Antonio Says No to Richard Lee Event? (Pokerati, 05/22/07)
“We’re hearing some interesting rumors from reliable sources about a fundraising poker tournament that didn’t happen in San Antonio this weekend. The purpose was reportedly to raise money for the American Legion there — with top prize being a WSOP main event seat. Either that prize was donated by none other than Richard Lee … or Lee had something to do with the organization of it. But apparently the cops shut it down before it happened.”

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