Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (06/18/07)

article:
The March of Dimes bets on poker in Portsmouth (The Virginian-Pilot, 06/16/07)

Police arrest manager of NY poker club after a robbery (AM New York, 06/16/07)

Vilma playing risky hand – LB frequents Big Apple poker parlors (NY Daily News, 06/17/07)

DeBary amateur poker champ dreams of big payday (News-Journal, 06/17/07)

Police stop poker tournament (Iceland Review, 06/18/07)

excerpts:

The March of Dimes bets on poker in Portsmouth (The Virginian-Pilot, 06/16/07)
“Virginia’s law does not specifically address charitable card tournaments, and some city officials feared that the games might be illegal. A former state a ttorney g eneral told Oksman that poker tournaments are illegal under Virginia law. Oksman, the fraternal order, and local prosecutors want state lawmakers to clear up the matter. “We’re still hopeful that the legislature will address the issue,” said Bill Prince, spokesman for the Portsmouth prosecutor’s office.”

Police arrest manager of NY poker club after a robbery (AM New York, 06/16/07)
“The gunmen remained at large Saturday, but police charged Edgar Concepcion, 29, with promoting gambling and possessing bookmaking supplies. Playing poker for money is legal in New York, but it is against the law to organize such games for profit. The NYPD cracked down on clandestine poker clubs throughout the city in 2005, including The National CardRoom, arresting dozens of people and confiscating thousands of dollars.”

Vilma playing risky hand – LB frequents Big Apple poker parlors (NY Daily News, 06/17/07)
“Many of the city’s poker dens are sleek and inviting, although they’re vulnerable to holdups because of the amount of cash on the premises. Thursday night a slick high-end parlor on E. 61st called National CardRoom was knocked off to the tune of $50,000. Making it even more enticing is the fact would-be robbers know the owners of these halls aren’t going to call the police because their poker dens are illegal.”

DeBary amateur poker champ dreams of big payday (News-Journal, 06/17/07)
“The Wichita-based league started in early 2004 and sponsors free games and tournaments at bars, restaurants and bowling alleys for about 125,000 registered players in 17 states. The league has two active regions in Florida. The north central region, from Ocala to Vero Beach, plays in Ormond Beach, DeLand, Deltona, Orange City and Astor, including Lake Mary. The west central region includes the Tampa Bay area. Players compete for points. Bets and cash are illegal outside the state’s 17 licensed card rooms at parimutuels and casinos.”

Police stop poker tournament (Iceland Review, 06/18/07)
“Reykjavík police stopped the first public poker tournament held in Iceland on Saturday and confiscated all objects used at the tournament, including poker tables, chips and cards. Gambling for a living is illegal in Iceland”

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