Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (06/04/07)

articles:
Lawmaker wants to up ante at Pennsylvania casinos (The Times Leader, 06/04/07)

Neighbors quash poker hall plans (The Telegraph, 06/01/07)

Councilor raises poker questions (Sweet Home News, 05/30/07)

PartyGaming in US legal talks (Bloomberg, 06/04/07)

NETeller to return funds to U.S. customers (Reuters, 06/04/07)

Feeling really lucky? Take a gamble (MSNBC, 06/04/07)

The 2008 United States Presidential Election Breakdown Part V: Wayne Allyn Root (The Lizard Master, 05/31/07)

Regulate all forms of legal, organized gambling (Pacific Daily News, 06/05/07)

excerpts:

Lawmaker wants to up ante at Pennsylvania casinos (The Times Leader, 06/04/07)

“A powerful state lawmaker has put his cards on the table. House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese intends to introduce legislation within the next two weeks that would expand the gaming law to allow poker, blackjack and other table games at Pennsylvania’s casinos, including Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. DeWeese, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, said the expansion could translate into millions of dollars in additional revenue for the state, lower property taxes for Pennsylvanians and the creation of tens of thousands of high-paying jobs.”


Neighbors quash poker hall plans (The Telegraph, 06/01/07)
“Instead, Rafferty was met with a large crowd hostile to his plan to bring for-charity poker games to a residential neighborhood. By his own count, 93 people attended, he said. Because of the size of the turnout and passion of the opposition, Rafferty said he wouldn’t appeal a 2-2 vote by the zoning board of adjustment that denied his request for a zoning variance needed to host the poker games at St. Stanislaus Hall. “I do not want to face you again in any forum,” Rafferty said, to vigorous applause.”

Councilor raises poker questions (Sweet Home News, 05/30/07)
“Sweet Home City Councilor Rich Rowley raised a list of concerns at the May 22 City Council meeting, about the proposal to allow local businesses to hold Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments, during the second reading of the ordinance. Rowley has opposed the ordinance during ongoing discussions among the councilors. He stated that, at the previous council meeting, testimony that Albany allows Texas Hold ‘Em was incorrect. Albany rejected a proposal to allow it.”

PartyGaming in US legal talks (Bloomberg, 06/04/07)
“PartyGaming Plc, the world’s biggest Internet poker company, said it has held discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice relating to its activities prior to October last year, when the country outlawed Internet gambling. The Gibraltar-based company is “voluntarily” responding to a request for information from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the southern district of New York, PartyGaming said in a statement, adding that it’s too early to say what the outcome will be.”

NETeller to return funds to U.S. customers (Reuters, 06/04/07)
“The legality of Internet gambling in the United States was ambiguous for many years but it was effectively banned last Oct. 13 when President George W. Bush signed legislation outlawing gaming financial transactions. NETeller said in a statement on Monday that under the agreed distribution plan it would email customers with details of when they can log on to their accounts to request a repayment. Customers will not receive any interest and NETeller will not make any charge.”

Feeling really lucky? Take a gamble (MSNBC, 06/04/07)
“This year, despite a downturn in online poker in the U.S. market, coming on the heels of recent banking legislation and high-profile arrests of overseas gaming executives, the expectation is that the field will remain stable—or perhaps just edge down slightly. In fact, the total number of starting contestants in the World Series of Poker Main Event has long been a popular “prop” bet among poker professionals. And this year’s discussions about the trend are proving as lively as ever.”

The 2008 United States Presidential Election Breakdown Part V: Wayne Allyn Root (The Lizard Master, 05/31/07)
“First, there are between 10 million and 20 million online gamblers and poker players in America. They are angry, shocked, and feel violated- rightfully so, considering they all had their rights and freedoms violated when Congress and President Bush banned online gaming last October (without discussion or debate on the merits of the bill). I will mobilize this group to create the largest base ever for a third party candidate. But I am far from a one-issue candidate. The ban of online gaming- merely a form of entertainment all Americans should be free to make- is symbolic of a much larger issue: FREEDOM. I am the “freedom candidate.”

Regulate all forms of legal, organized gambling (Pacific Daily News, 06/05/07)
“It’s no secret that I’m personally opposed to organized gambling. I also know that low-stakes social betting can be an enjoyable form of entertainment for many. Bingo is very popular locally, and a national “Bingo Night” is broadcast weekly on TV. A two-dollar bet at Guam Greyhound can provide a lot of excitement as the dogs race around the track. The same can be said when cards are turned over at the fiesta poker table.”

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