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

articles:
Buzz fading, but poker still going strong (Fox Sports, 07/06/07)

Internet Gambling: MGM Mirage Says It Is Ready For Online Gambling In the US (Eye On Gambling, 07/05/07)

Campaign financing revamp, new poker rules fail (New Hampshire Business Review, 07/06/07)

Letter to the Editor:  Poker players unite (Idaho Mountain Express, 07/06/07)

Quebec to legalize Texas hold ’em (CBC, 07/05/07)

excerpts:

Buzz fading, but poker still going strong (Fox Sports, 07/06/07)
“So if UFC is the new poker … where does that leave the old poker? Poker’s future actually became less certain well before UFC exploded onto the scene. It began with the passing of the Safe Port Act, which prohibited the transfer of funds from U.S. financial institutions to online gambling sites, leading industry giant Party Poker and several smaller online poker rooms to close their doors to U.S. players.”

Internet Gambling: MGM Mirage Says It Is Ready For Online Gambling In the US (Eye On Gambling, 07/05/07)
“Casino operator MGM Mirage has given its backing to Barney Frank’s proposed Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act, adding that it would get involved in online gambling as quickly as it could should the US legalise the market. Senior vice president Alan Feldman said that the Las Vegas-based firm would have a site up and running within a year, and predicted that all of the major entertainment companies would get involved in the sector at some level.”

Campaign financing revamp, new poker rules fail (New Hampshire Business Review, 07/06/07)
“Those running poker tournaments won’t have to give a piece of the action to the state, nor will they have to give charities a percentage off the top, instead of the current 35 percent of the profits after expenses. That’s because the House rejected the committee compromise with opponents fearing that charities weren’t going to get enough.”

Letter to the Editor:  Poker players unite (Idaho Mountain Express, 07/06/07)
“During the mid-night hour in the month of November 2006 the U.S. Senate passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), by attaching it to The Port Security Act, which is known as back door politics. The President signed into law The Port Security Act along with UIGEA on October 13, 2006.”

Quebec to legalize Texas hold ’em (CBC, 07/05/07)
“Casinos in Quebec hope the province’s plan to legalize Texas hold ’em poker will bring in a full house. “It’s something that we’ve been waiting for for some time,” said Catherine Schellenberg, spokeswoman for the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau, after the new law was published in Wednesday’s official Quebec Gazette. “This is great news.”

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