Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/05/07)

articles:
Time to just let the people vote (Georgetown News-Graphic, 07/04/07)

Who’s supporting your online poker freedom? (PokerListings, 07/04/07)

Internet Gambling: Does America still stand for Liberty? (Point-Spreads, 07/04/07)

Poker players stay in, reach out – Amateurs go online, advertise for people to play in their homes (Las Vegas Sun, 07/04/07)

Police play ‘heavy hand’ (Campbell River Mirror, 07/04/07)

excerpts:
Time to just let the people vote (Georgetown News-Graphic, 07/04/07)
“To review, and for a factual reality check on this issue, it is not as if legal gambling does not exist in Kentucky. Parimutuel betting at thoroughbred and standardbred race tracks has existed for many years, and is a multi-billion dollar industry in this state. Kentucky has a state-operated lottery, which is curiously not often discussed by those who now argue against gambling as “evil.” Internet-based gambling, from online poker to online sports books and other “bookie”-type betting, is readily available. Casino gambling is legal in Indiana and Illinois, leading to riverboats which draw thousands of Kentuckians every year.”

Who’s supporting your online poker freedom? (PokerListings, 07/04/07)
“For a nation that prides itself on freedom and independence, it sure seems like outlawing online gambling is a direct contradiction to those principles. So what’s being done to rectify the situation? Who is standing up to sound the voice of poker players everywhere, to say the government has no right to trample on what should be a personal right? There are plenty of poker players’ rights groups out there now, but it was Representative Barney Frank who took the first step in the government to make a change.”

Internet Gambling: Does America still stand for Liberty? (Point-Spreads, 07/04/07)
“The United States of America celebrates its 231st birthday today. While the rest of the nation attend barbeques and shoot off fireworks in celebration of Independence Day, internet gamblers across the United States are attempting to regain their sacred freedoms and asking each other: Does America still stand for liberty? I think it is a valid question in this day and age considering that liberty was the pillar of our struggle for independence in the first place.”

Poker players stay in, reach out – Amateurs go online, advertise for people to play in their homes (Las Vegas Sun, 07/04/07)
“The town’s commercial poker rooms shouldn’t feel threatened, but Clyde Ernaga is thinking about going up against them in his own small way. Already, his dining room is the preferred gambling spot for a handful of his neighbors, friends and co-workers. And now he wants to open up his home-turned-poker lounge to total strangers. His oak-top table flips over to reveal a felt top with drink and poker chip holders. He will take a collection for pizza and Pepsi and let you watch sports on his 65-inch flat – screen television. Welcome to the world of this 39-year-old bachelor.”

Police play ‘heavy hand’ (Campbell River Mirror, 07/04/07)
“One of the players involved in an illegal poker game busted by police last week says the police action was heavy-handed. “We didn’t think we had anything to hide,” said the player, a local businessman who didn’t want his name used because he was concerned about reprisal from his clients. “We’re not mafia – we don’t have connections to organized crime. We’re just ordinary businesspeople. It is just an enjoyable game.” Last Wednesday night about a dozen local police and members of the RCMP’s Integrated Illegal Gaming Enforcement Team (IIGET) arrested 20 people who were involved in a Texas Hold ‘Em poker game inside Ironwood Billiards on Ironwood Road.”

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