Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/02/07)

articles:
A congressional push last year stopped many Americans from playing the games online, but the law may be changed (The Chronicle, 07/02/07)

New state gambling laws doom poker clubs, Cherry Masters (The Star Press, 07/01/07)

Opinion: Online gambling issue is matter of personal freedom (The Miami Herald, 07/02/07)

The Couch Slouch: Try as it might, government can’t stop people from gambling online (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 07/01/07)

Approved, Mountaineer wins table games vote(The Review, 07/01/07)

Table game campaign ends, but Arneault’s work has just begun (Las Vegas Sun, 07/01/07)

Plenty of Hope for Online Gambling (Gambling911, 07/02/07)

excerpts:
A congressional push last year stopped many Americans from playing the games online, but the law may be changed (The Chronicle, 07/02/07)
“A bill before Congress that would legalize Internet gambling in the United States has American companies poised on the sidelines, waiting to capitalize on a potentially humongous new market. The bill, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act, was introduced by Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., in April. Congressional hearings on the feasibility of the bill were held in early June.”

New state gambling laws doom poker clubs, Cherry Masters (The Star Press, 07/01/07)
“Cherry Masters, electronic slot machines, will be the target of Indiana’s new gaming police, and Texas Hold’em clubs like Royal Crown in downtown Muncie will close after midnight with a new crackdown on illegal gambling. “The state has declared us a game of chance,” said Linda Koger, who owns Muncie Liquors and is a partner in the downtown poker club. “We are being forced to close our doors.”

Opinion: Online gambling issue is matter of personal freedom (The Miami Herald, 07/02/07)
“Like countless other responsible, adult Americans, I enjoy spending some leisure time playing online poker. Likewise, as an American poker player, I have been riveted to unfolding events in Congress as they relate to my hobby, since the game I enjoy, which was created in this country, is under attack.”

The Couch Slouch: Try as it might, government can’t stop people from gambling online (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 07/01/07)
“The legislation in question is the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Essentially, it doesn’t allow banking institutions to accept transactions for gambling services, effectively blocking the money path that permits people to play poker online. To which I say: You can enact 52 laws from here to Deadwood preventing folks from playing poker online — they will still play poker online.”

Approved, Mountaineer wins table games vote(The Review, 07/01/07)
“Table games, like blackjack and poker, will soon appear at Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort. Voters gave the nod to resort officials Saturday with 5,021 votes, or 69.8 percent, for and 3,506 votes, or 30.2 percent, against the measure. “This is a watershed moment and a chance to create new jobs in Hancock County instead of losing them, and we now have a lot of responsibility,” Ted Arneault, president of the resort said late Saturday night. “It’s now on our shoulders.”

Table game campaign ends, but Arneault’s work has just begun (Las Vegas Sun, 07/01/07)
“In gambling, the house always wins. And in this town, Ted Arneault is the house. The diminutive, dapper man with the expensive suits and shiny shoes has become the bane of those in West Virginia who fear and fight the expansion of gambling. But the president of Mountaineer Racetrack and Gaming Resort says his work to expand gambling the past 15 years has been about much more. “It’s not the field of gambling,” he says. “It’s the field of tourism.” In fact, the CEO of MTR Gaming Group Inc. seldom lays a bet.”

Plenty of Hope for Online Gambling (Gambling911, 07/02/07)
“Hope reigns supreme with plenty of options available for online gambling enthusiasts to choose from.  But which of the “movements’ currently gaining momentum will ultimately come out on top remains to be seen.  Likewise, one can only speculate on the positives of negatives of each in regard to the current state of online gambling.  Let’s take a look at today’s resistance movements.”

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