Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (06/25/07)

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articles:
Costa Rica To Seek Compensation From US On Online Gambling Policy (Inside Costa Rica, 06/24/07)

Antigua Sun: President Bush Aware of UIGEA Dispute (Cappers Mall, 06/23/07)

Definition Could Affect Poker’s Legal Status (Heartland Institute, 07/01/07)

Congress Revisits Online Gambling Ban (Heartland Institute, 07/01/07)

Table games mean diversity (Herald Star, 06/25/07)

Gambling opponents fear crime, social woes (Herald Star, 06/25/07)

2 arrested in gambling sting (9 News, 06/22/07)

Illegal Gambling Bust (CBS 42, 06/22/07)

media:
Michael Bolcerek – PPA President (PokerNews.com, 06/08/07)

excerpts:
Costa Rica To Seek Compensation From US On Online Gambling Policy (Inside Costa Rica, 06/24/07)
“Costa Rica will join World Trade Organization (WTO) members: European Union (EU), Antigua & Barbuda, India and Japan in seeking compensation from the United States, according to reports on Point-Spreads, relating to Washington’s removal of online gambling and online poker from its trade obligations, after the WTO repeatedly ruled that Washington’s ban on remote Internet gambling violates WTO trade agreements that the United States signed.”

Antigua Sun: President Bush Aware of UIGEA Dispute (Cappers Mall, 06/23/07)
“Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer raised the country’s Internet dispute with the United States at during the meeting between Caricom leaders and President George W. Bush. Prime Minister Spencer spoke of Antigua & Barbuda’s desire to settle the matter with the United States over the Internet Gaming dispute which the country has won at every stage at the WTO.”

Definition Could Affect Poker’s Legal Status (Heartland Institute, 07/01/07)
“Poker players, whether they play online or in brick-and-mortar casinos and card rooms, agree winning consistently depends largely on skill, even though an element of luck comes into play with the turn of the cards. The “luck or skill” question could factor heavily in a judgment on whether a ban on Internet gambling–particularly poker–is legally justifiable.”

Congress Revisits Online Gambling Ban (Heartland Institute, 07/01/07)
“In late April, U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and 11 co-sponsors introduced the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007 (H.R. 2046). The move may set the stage for reversing a recent bill’s restrictions on Internet-generated wagers and resurrecting long-term debates on a range of international trade, civil liberties, and moral issues.”

Table games mean diversity (Herald Star, 06/25/07)
“Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort is taking a low-key approach to Saturday’s vote to permit table games, including poker and blackjack, at its racino. It’s hard to dispute the investment that has been made at Mountaineer since slot machines were permitted by the state Legislature in 1994. No longer is Mountaineer just a small horseracing track buried at the back of a property off state Route 2 south of Newell.”

Gambling opponents fear crime, social woes (Herald Star, 06/25/07)
“Gambling opponents cite statistics from around the country of the increased crime and other social problems that table gaming can carry with it. Locally, Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort officials point to the county’s uniform crime statistics reports made to the federal government that show a decrease in the amount of violent crime per capita in the years since slot machines were approved at the track.”

2 arrested in gambling sting (9 News, 06/22/07)
“An anonymous tip led investigators to the Sports Rail Pub where they busted an illegal poker game. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Douglas County Sheriff’s office conducted a joint investigation at the pub, which is at 1900 E. Oswego St. after they got a tip there was illegal gambling occurring there.”

Illegal Gambling Bust (CBS 42, 06/22/07)
“Black jack, poker, and video gambling… Tuscaloosa police say it was all going on in one house illegally, but not any more. A tip and undercover operation led to a bust Thursday night. One by one, officers hauled game tables of all shapes and sizes out of this house on Sharpes Lake Road Thursday evening.”

media:
Michael Bolcerek – PPA President (PokerNews.com, 06/08/07)
“Michael Bolcerek gives us an update on where we are with the Online Gambling Legislation fight.”

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