Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (06/21/07)

article:
Online Poker and Personal Freedom (CardPlayer, 06/20/07)


Five men arrested in Edison gambling ring (Star-Ledger, 06/21/07)

Convincing Congress to change its stance on Internet gambling (Casino City Times, 06/20/07)

Chuck Blount on poker: It’s not always easy task to locate perfect game (San Antonio Express-News, 06/20/07)

press release:
European Union Demand for Compensation From U.S. in WTO Escalates Need for Regulated Internet Gambling (SSIGI, 06/20/07)

excerpts:

Online Poker and Personal Freedom (CardPlayer, 06/20/07)
“As all my readers know, I am a passionate advocate for personal freedom.  We live in a democracy where the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ratified on July 9, 1868, protects our right to life, liberty and property.  The constitution is a living, breathing document that is reinterpreted over and over again, but always with an eye toward protecting reasonable personal freedoms in a well-balanced society.”

Five men arrested in Edison gambling ring (Star-Ledger, 06/21/07)
“Five men were arrested early yesterday on charges they were running an illegal gambling operation primarily focused on poker games in an Edison apartment. Nine patrons of the establishment received summonses for illegal gambling charges, police said. Lt. Joseph Shannon, a spokesman for the Edison Township Police Department, said the arrests followed a month-long investigation into the operation at 40 Brunswick Ave. Authorities believe the operation began in March, Shan non said.”

Convincing Congress to change its stance on Internet gambling (Casino City Times, 06/20/07)
“I met with Jim Gordon, a staffer for my Congressman, Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.), this afternoon. My Congressman has been holding “Open Office” hours for the last two weeks to let his constituents voice their opinions on issues we feel he should be addressing. I talked about Internet gambling.”

Chuck Blount on poker: It’s not always easy task to locate perfect game (San Antonio Express-News, 06/20/07)
“There are of course legal concerns. Even though no player has ever been prosecuted for playing poker on the Internet, the government has tightened the screws to make it very difficult to put real money into online poker accounts. This keeps throngs of players away, while others shun online poker because they don’t trust the security and legitimacy of it. Some don’t want their bank account information given to a third party.”

press release:
European Union Demand for Compensation From U.S. in WTO Escalates Need for Regulated Internet Gambling (SSIGI, 06/20/07)
“Statement by Jeffrey Sandman, spokesperson for the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, on how the European Union’s request for compensation from the U.S. for banning non-U.S. based Internet gambling operators from accepting bets on horse racing, a WTO trade agreement violation, will build support for regulated Internet gambling to bring the U.S. into WTO compliance.”

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