Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/29/07)

articles:
Is It Legal To Bar Foreign Online Poker? (Poker Player Newspaper, 05/28/07)

Democrats push for casinos, bookies, slots (The Daily Herald, 05/29/07)

Interest in table games increasing (The Journal, 05/29/07)

Gambling issues raise hackles at meeting (The Star Press, 05/29/07)

Card Room To Fold (The Herald, 05/27/07)

Slots or not, Dann wants machines regulated (The Columbus Dispatch, 05/23/07)

blog:
Casino Politico (Pokerati, 05/25/07)

excerpts:

Is It Legal To Bar Foreign Online Poker? (Poker Player Newspaper, 05/28/07)
“The latest decision from the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) shows that foreign licensed Internet poker operators are fighting back against the many governments, including the United States, which are threatening to arrest them. The WTO ruled that the U.S. has not taken any steps to comply with its prior decisions. It declared that the U.S. was discriminating against Antigua’s legal online operators by charging them with crimes while allowing American operators to take bets on the Internet.”


Democrats push for casinos, bookies, slots (The Daily Herald, 05/29/07)
“Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Senate President Emil Jones Jr., both Chicago Democrats, back the casino deal as they scramble for funding facing a Thursday state budget deadline. But the fine print of the current plan is raising both eyebrows and opposition at the Capitol. As proposed, the state would legalize and license bookies to take horse racing bets over the phone or Internet. Horse tracks would be able to create electronic poker networks that could allow people to gamble online from their homes.”

Interest in table games increasing (The Journal, 05/29/07)
“If the local referenda pass in the state’s four counties with racetracks, West Virginia would join Iowa as the only other state to have slots, table games and racing at a single location. Ohio and Jefferson counties will have their special elections on June 9, while Hancock County’s referendum is set for June 30 and Kanawha County will have its election Aug. 11. As election day nears in Jefferson County, school board members, a variety of people in the community and Charles Town Races & Slots leaders are stepping up their campaign efforts in favor of table games.”

Gambling issues raise hackles at meeting (The Star Press, 05/29/07)
“A local crackdown on illegal gambling in the state got the attention of local lawmakers last week. Carl and Audie Barber tried to dominate a town hall meeting held by State Rep. Dennis Tyler, D-Muncie, and Sen. Sue Errington, D-Muncie, a program intended for discussion of the recent legislative session dealing with the budget, property tax relief, health care and school funding. The Barbers, who run a Texas hold’em club in south Muncie, were upset that lawmakers did not include legalizing Cherry Masters and other forms of gaming in a bill that allowed slot machines at Indiana’s two horse tracks.”

Card Room To Fold (The Herald, 05/27/07)
“The City Council last week denied the card room operator’s appeal, and is poised to make final the permit revocation June 5. “Once the resolution is passed, the lights go out over the card tables,” said City Attorney Vanessa Vallarta. That won’t necessarily mean the end of legalized card play in Salinas. Gonzalez-Curiel holds out hope he can transfer his state gaming license to another operator, who could pass muster with the city and open a card room at the same spot or another location. He says he’s had a few inquiries. “It may or may not be the end of an era for gambling,” said Salinas police vice Sgt. Jeff Gibson. “It’s hard to say, if that gaming license is sold.”

Slots or not, Dann wants machines regulated (The Columbus Dispatch, 05/23/07)
“Saying that thousands of gambling machines have sprouted up in a legal gray zone, Attorney General Marc Dann announced a plan this morning to regulate them. Dann’s office will hire an independent expert to evaluate whether each gambling machine is a game of skill — which is legal in Ohio — or an illegal game of chance. The roughly $15,000-per-machine cost will be borne by manufacturers.”

blog:
Casino Politico (Pokerati, 05/25/07)
“I’m about to quit thinking about the Legislature and Politics for a few days over the long weekend. In the meantime, those of you who are in Central Texas should consider attending this. The Poker Players Alliance is helping with this fundraiser for US Congressman Charlie Gonzalez (D-San Antonio). The PPA has been a reliable ally in our fight to bring poker back to Texas, so lets help them bring online poker back to our country”

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