Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (06/05/07)

articles:
House Committee to Consider Regulation of Online Gambling in U.S. (PokerNews, 06/05/07)


NCLGS to discuss impact of UIGEA on state legislative independence (Online-Casinos, 06/02/07)

W.Va. Residents Vote On Table Gambling Referendum (nbc4, 05/31/07)

Washington County poker parlor rolls the dice (The Oregonian, 06/01/07)

Illinois legislative session goes into OT; Senate OKs 4 new Chicago-area casinos (Northwest Herald, 06/01/07)

Poker games to continue at Dooly’s (The Amherst Daily News. 06/04/07)

Paying Online Gambling: Complex Realities of Cyber-Funding (IBLS Internet Law, 06/04/07)

excerpts:

House Committee to Consider Regulation of Online Gambling in U.S. (PokerNews, 06/05/07)
“The U.S. House Committee on Financial Services will conduct a hearing on Friday, June 8th at 10 a.m. to discuss the feasibility of regulating online gambling in the United States. The hearing, ‘Can Internet Gambling Be Effectively Regulated to Protect Consumers and the Payment System?’ will take place at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill.”


NCLGS to discuss impact of UIGEA on state legislative independence (Online-Casinos, 06/02/07)
“Members of the US National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) will be gathering for their annual discussion-fest this month in Las Vegas and among the subjects on the agenda is a study of the impact of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. The UIGEA passed into law in the USA last October and there will be those who say that discussing its implications for individual states, which jealously guard their right to legislate gambling, may be too little too late.”

W.Va. Residents Vote On Table Gambling Referendum (nbc4, 05/31/07)
“Residents filed into the courthouse to vote early on a June 9 referendum to add table gaming such as dice, blackjack and poker to Charles Town. Supporters said the table games will increase revenue and jobs. “I think it is a good thing. It’s going to help a lot of people, especially some of the people who need jobs around here,” said Lee Kranenberg, who voted for table gaming.”

Washington County poker parlor rolls the dice (The Oregonian, 06/01/07)
“The room has the feel of a classy poker parlor with gray felt tables, dealers in maroon dress shirts and black leather couches for waiting players. The house rules and code of conduct ban “slowrolling,” obscene language and “rabbit hunting.” After each game, dealers record the action on Nokia N800 Internet tablets. The owners of the National Poker Challenge, which opens today, hope they are bringing something to the Portland suburbs that poker players can’t get nearby. Think of it as a little Las Vegas in a strip mall basement.”

Illinois legislative session goes into OT; Senate OKs 4 new Chicago-area casinos (Northwest Herald, 06/01/07)
“Still, Senate President Emil Jones, D-Chicago, took a conciliatory tone. “If we all sincerely sit down and work together, we can reach compromise,” Jones said. Before the Senate adjourned early Friday morning, it narrowly passed legislation to create four new casinos, including a publicly owned casino in Chicago. The $2 billion gambling expansion now goes to the House.”

Poker games to continue at Dooly’s (The Amherst Daily News. 06/04/07)
“The conviction of a Truro bar owner for permitting a game of Texas Hold’em poker should not deter similar games at Dooly’s in Amherst. “We’re aware of the charges and the fine but we’re moving forward as normal,” Rod Wilson said Friday. “That’s the direction we’ve received from our head office.” Kevin Dawe, owner of Calico’s Lounge, was fined $1,000 after pleading guilty to permitting gambling at his establishment.”

Paying Online Gambling: Complex Realities of Cyber-Funding (IBLS Internet Law, 06/04/07)

“Highlighted here are the peculiar financial aspects and high risk of involvement with online wagering for those who choose to flaunting the U.S. gaming laws. Those living in the U.S., especially if working or dealing with online gambling, risk prosecution much more than a casual U.S. gamer. Since Internet betting is illegal in America, anyone breaking the law could be targeted by the U.S. Federal authorities. For instance, a large gambling ring was discovered operating in U.S and has been prosecuted on RICO charges for misusing payment schemes.”

blog:
You Gotta Fight… (Pokerati, 06/04/07)
“The poker bill (HB 3186) indeed died this session. We most likely will not have legal poker in Texas before 2009. That’s the bad news. There is much more good news though. Before this session, legal poker was little more than an intangible wish. It is a lot closer to a reality now.”

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