Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (06/11/07)

articles:
No Table Games In Charles Town, Say Voters  (WBAL, 06/10/07)

Ohio Co. voters OK table games (The Times Leader, 06/10/07)

Bill to legalize online gambling is off the table (06/09/07)

Bank robber’s dad urges keeping laws curbing Internet gambling (The Morning Call, 06/08/07)

Foe of gambling welcomes hearings on new legislation (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 06/09/07)

The Legality of Playing Poker Online (CardPlayer, 06/10/07)

Jeff Haney on a presidential hopeful from the Las Vegas Valley who hopes to parlay a 2008 Libertarian campaign into a serious run some time down the road (Las Vegas Sun, 06/11/07)

media:
Financial Services Hearing on Regulating Internet Gambling (SSIGI, 06/08/07)

Online Gaming Soon To Be Legal Again? (All-In, 06/11/07)

Internet Gambling Legislation (CNBC, 06/08/07)

blogs:
A Great Week for Online Poker? Hardly. (RCFox, 06/08/07)

press release:
Online Poker Legislation Gaining Steam (PocketFives, 06/09/07)

excerpts:

No Table Games In Charles Town, Say Voters  (WBAL, 06/10/07)
“Voters in Ohio County, West Virginia endorsed plans Saturday to put blackjack, poker and other table games alongside slots at their racetrack, but concerns over too little local tax revenue and too much traffic doomed a similar proposal in Jefferson County, which borders Maryland and Northern Virginia. With all 30 precincts reporting, Jefferson County voters rejected the table games option for Charles Town Races & Slots 56 percent to 44 percent. The defeat means Pennsylvania-based Penn National Gaming Inc. must wait two years before putting the issue before voters again.”

Ohio Co. voters OK table games (The Times Leader, 06/10/07)
“Voters in Ohio County endorsed plans Saturday to put blackjack, poker and other table games alongside slots at their racetrack, but the early vote was too close to call across the state in Jefferson County. With 35 of 39 precincts reporting, the referendum to allow Wheeling Island Racetrack and Gaming Center to expand its gambling offerings was winning —5,825 for and 3,029 against.”

Bill to legalize online gambling is off the table (06/09/07)
“A bill that would legalize and regulate many forms of Internet gambling will be put on hold while its author, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, attempts to draw a better political hand. “There are more votes for my position now than there were a year ago, but there aren’t yet enough,” Frank said after a hear ing at which Barberton minister Greg Hogan Sr. described how his son, Greg Jr., robbed a bank to pay Internet poker debts.”

Bank robber’s dad urges keeping laws curbing Internet gambling (The Morning Call, 06/08/07)
“The Rev. Greg Hogan Sr., the father of the Lehigh University student who robbed an Allentown bank in 2005 after going deep into debt from playing poker online, urged a congressional panel Friday to think twice before considering legislation to legalize Internet gambling. “The World Series of Poker that is going on this week may be glamorous, but the life of an addicted gambler over the Internet is not,” Hogan testified before the House Financial Services Committee.”

Foe of gambling welcomes hearings on new legislation (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 06/09/07)
“With House hearings being conducted in Washington, D.C., about regulating Internet gambling, advocates from both sides of the issue debated Friday at the Rio during the annual National Council of Legislators from Gaming States conference. “This is the definitive battle on how far we are willing to go on the gambling binge America is on,” Grey, field director of the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling, said during a debate Friday.”

The Legality of Playing Poker Online (CardPlayer, 06/10/07)
“The UIGEA did not make anything unlawful that was not illegal prior to the passage of the Act. It merely ENFORCED what was previously unlawful.  (Hence, the name of the Act: The Enforcement Act.)  However, the Act purposefully FAILS to specifically state what was previously illegal.  So was it illegal and is it illegal to play online poker? There are two different sets of laws by which citizens are all bound; federal laws and state laws.”

Jeff Haney on a presidential hopeful from the Las Vegas Valley who hopes to parlay a 2008 Libertarian campaign into a serious run some time down the road (Las Vegas Sun, 06/11/07)
“The gambling bill was the last straw,” Root said. “I’ve been a Republican my whole life, but I thought that bill was the antithesis of what the Republican Party should stand for – keeping the government out of the private lives of American citizens.” The new law drew the ire of Americans who bet sports and play poker or casino-type gambling games online. Root figures at least 10 million people in the United States play Internet poker, and he hopes to tap them as his base.”

media:
Financial Services Hearing on Regulating Internet Gambling (SSIGI, 06/08/07)

Online Gaming Soon To Be Legal Again? (All-In, 06/11/07)

Internet Gambling Legislation (CNBC, 06/08/07)
“Debating what role Congress has in regulating Internet gambling, with Jeffrey Sandman, The Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative spokesperson; John Kindt, University of IL professor and CNBC’s Melissa Francis”

blogs:
A Great Week for Online Poker? Hardly. (RCFox, 06/08/07)
“If you believe what you read on TwoPlusTwo and various other blogs (for example, Bill Rini’s), it’s been a good week for online poker with today’s legislative hearing, and the boost to Ron Paul’s candidacy. If only that were the case. It’s actually been another bad week for online poker. Here are the items that have been announced this week, and I’ll explain why I think they’re bad”

press release:
Online Poker Legislation Gaining Steam (PocketFives, 06/09/07)
“In the midst of the 2007 World Series of Poker, the online poker world has been abuzz with some exciting news regarding the future of the industry. On Thursday, Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) introduced H.R. 2610, the “Skill Game Protection Act,” which would essentially carve out a place for games defined as “skill games” from the UIGEA, which was passed late last year.”

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (06/11/07)

  1. I’m confused on whether it’s illegal to gamble online in my state. I read so much bs that my eyes are literally swollen. I just need to know if it’s illegal in the state of maryland. If it is then what i’ve read so far about gambling laws in my state are very contridicting. It’s ok to gamble by lotto ticket, to gamble by horse races, to gamble by bingo cards and to gamble by annoying ass slot machines. But to do it from your own computer in the privacy of your own home…how dare we! When playing poker is perfectly legal in your own home among family members and/or friends…well i would like to think of the players that i play online poker with as friends connecting through this magical thing known as the web for a game or two in our homes. Off subject but just as contridictive one day smokers will be banned from smoking in their own homes and fined when they smoke outdoors. Catch me playing on fulltilt…oh yeah it’s never about the money it’s about the game!

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