Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/03/07)

articles:
“The state is letting you bet — and cash in — even more at poker” (Orlando Sentinel, 07/02/07)


Shelley Berkley Appears on the PocketFives Podcast (PocketFives, 07/03/07)

Poker Room Review: The Vegas Lounge, Norwood, MA (PokerNews, 07/02/07)

Rockingham Seven plans to take Vegas by storm (Eagle Tribune, 07/03/07)

Two of a kind: Poker goes online and on TV (Daily Titan, 07/03/07)

excerpts:

“The state is letting you bet — and cash in — even more at poker” (Orlando Sentinel, 07/02/07)
“The new law, which was criticized by foes of gambling, also allows card rooms at tracks to remain open all year, instead of being forced to close at times when there is no live racing. They can also host tournaments, charge higher entry fees and award prizes worth thousands. Already, poker rooms in Daytona Beach and Melbourne — the only two card rooms where poker is played in Central Florida — say they’re seeing a huge boost in crowds, with hundreds of excited players showing up on Sunday and Monday to try their luck with the new rules.”

Shelley Berkley Appears on the PocketFives Podcast (PocketFives, 07/03/07)
“H.R. 2140 was the result of Berkley’s efforts. She’s worked hand in hand with the Poker Players Alliance, the main lobbying arm of the online poker industry, to mobilize its 600,000 members to action. She stresses the importance of voting: “If PPA members are not registered to vote and do not contact their members of Congress and tell them they do not support this legislation, it’s not getting passed. If poker players want to have the right to bet online, they had better get politically active. That doesn’t mean hiring a lobbyist like [former three-time Senator from New York and current PPA Chairman] Alfonse D’Amato (pictured at right). It’s going to get done when everyone is registered to vote and when every member contacts their members of Congress. Without that, you can kiss this legislation goodbye.”

Poker Room Review: The Vegas Lounge, Norwood, MA (PokerNews, 07/02/07)
“The state of Massachusetts prohibits poker under its antiquated and wrong-headed anti-gambling laws. Fortunately, a loophole in the law allows charities to operate poker tournaments with a raffle and bazaar license for registered non-profit organizations. Unfortunately, the Attorney General also issued an advisory clearly written by someone who didn’t intend for poker to thrive that greatly restricts how this can be done. It restricts, in ways too numerous to mention, how the tournaments are to be run, who can be on the premises when they are run, and how prizes can and cannot be distributed to the winners.”

Rockingham Seven plans to take Vegas by storm (Eagle Tribune, 07/03/07)
“A chemical engineer by trade, Smith says his ability to instantly make calculations involving all figures under 1,000 makes the game of Hold-Em a perfect fit. Working overnight on his job, Smith got his indoctrination into the game on-line, going after housewives and grandparents during the daytime hours. Government intervention has since shut down nearly all the Internet poker activity, and it’s forced the likes of Smith and others into either casino poker rooms or those like the one at the Rock, where proceeds go to charity.”

Two of a kind: Poker goes online and on TV (Daily Titan, 07/03/07)
“However, the SAFE Port Act, passed in November of 2006, prohibits transfering funds from a financial institute, such as a bank, to an Internet gambling Web site. Friedberg said the government should regulate online play to reap a profit. “The poker players tend to be crafty, calculating individuals with a substantial amount of pride and they don’t believe they are doing anything wrong playing poker online – so they will not go down without a fight,” Smyth said.

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