Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (05/30/07)

articles:
What Will Happen When UIGE Act Goes into Effect (CardPlayer, 05/30/07)

State would be winner if it legalizes the game (Houston Chronicle, 05/30/07)

Our view: Cahill too exuberant over gambling (The Eagle-Tribune, 05/30/07)

Slots: Just next chapter in region’s gambling legacy (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 05/30/07)

press release:
The Poker Players Alliance is at it Again (PocketFives, 05/29/07)

excerpts:

What Will Happen When UIGE Act Goes into Effect (CardPlayer, 05/30/07)
“After many years of failed efforts, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was finally snuck through Congress in late 2006. As we all now know, the bill does NOT make online poker illegal nor does the bill change gaming law. What it DOES is to make it more make it more difficult to get money into a site by forbidding US financial Institutions from funding the type of online gambling that the law has previously made illegal.”


State would be winner if it legalizes the game (Houston Chronicle, 05/30/07)
“Yes, I play poker. And like most poker players in Texas, I’m not sick, sleazy or despicable, and I am certainly no lawbreaker. Well, at times I might be. (A lawbreaker, that is). Many of those times I join a group of friends for a fun evening of poker, I am technically in violation of the law. Much of the poker played in Texas is illegal. Mike Lavigne of the Texas Poker Political Action Committee is one of the many Texans who would like that to change.”

Our view: Cahill too exuberant over gambling (The Eagle-Tribune, 05/30/07)
“We here in New England have always been slightly embarrassed by our per-capita spending on gaming.” Cahill said. “I propose that we stop apologizing and take advantage of it.” Sure some businesses might suffer, and there might be a few families split apart as the result of the breadwinner not being able to stay away from the slot machines or poker tables. But according to Cahill, “Empirical evidence has demonstrated that many of the expected costs tend to be overstated, while long-term benefits are often underappreciated.”

Slots: Just next chapter in region’s gambling legacy (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 05/30/07)
“Unlicensed poker tournaments and casino nights fall into a gray area, said Westmoreland County Treasurer Kathalyn O’Brien. Most are illegal, but go unchecked unless someone reports a violation. Bars and restaurants can hold poker tournaments and hand out prizes — as long as players do not pay to play, said Robert George, a state Liquor Control Enforcement officer in the Pittsburgh office. Pittsburgh police are seeking a determination on when charity tournaments are legal, said Lt. Bill Mathias, head of the narcotics and vice units. Police rarely have leverage getting gamblers to talk about making wagers, he said.”

press release:
The Poker Players Alliance is at it Again (PocketFives, 05/29/07)
“What prompted the move for Pappas? According to the PPA, “It was really about filling a need. Given Pappas’ deep understanding of the policy and politics of the issue, it made sense that he step in to help the PPA directly in Washington. Not only is it a great opportunity for him to be at the center of a ‘hot button’ issue, it is good to have a dedicated, full-time staffer who cares deeply about the issue and is committed to ensuring that the rights of poker players are protected.”

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