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

articles:
Lawyer raises stakes against state’s Internet poker ban (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 07/06/07)

Poker pros, celebrities, wannabes chase pot of millions in Vegas (Daily Herald, 07/06/07)

‘Great poker will be played’ – WSOP still huge despite possibility of fewer entrants (Sports Illustrated, 07/06/07)

Seminole casino reins in sky-high betting (Miami Herald, 07/07/07)

excerpts:
Lawyer raises stakes against state’s Internet poker ban (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 07/06/07)
“So how does a poker aficionado kick off the year’s biggest event, the World Series of Poker? If he’s Renton-based attorney Lee Rousso, he does what comes natural: He goes all in with a lawsuit. On Friday, as the poker championship began in Las Vegas, Rousso sued the state of Washington in an effort to overturn its 2006 ban on Internet poker. Calling it a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause, Rousso said the first legal challenge to the state law also should be the last.”

Poker pros, celebrities, wannabes chase pot of millions in Vegas (Daily Herald, 07/06/07)
“Politicians are taking advantage of the hype surrounding this year’s event to make a statement against the new U.S. law. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Fla., plans to show up Monday for a fundraiser and to raise support for a bill he introduced in June that would carve out a legal exception for “skill games” played online, such as poker, bridge, mahjong and backgammon. “We should legalize poker and other skill games online, regulate it so it is safe, and reinvest the taxable income it generates into positive areas of our society,” Wexler said.”

‘Great poker will be played’ – WSOP still huge despite possibility of fewer entrants (Sports Illustrated, 07/06/07)
“If the same number register over each of the four opening days, the 5,200 total would be far fewer than the 8,773 who participated last year. Fewer entrants means the prize pool will likely be smaller. According to the payout structure sheet, this year’s winner is likely to take home $7.7 million, less than the $12 million awarded to last year’s winner, Jamie Gold. It would mark the first decrease in the number of entrants at the $10,000 buy-in main event since 1992 and was widely blamed on a U.S. law signed by President Bush in October that cracks down on online gambling.”

Seminole casino reins in sky-high betting (Miami Herald, 07/07/07)
“Because of the Seminole Tribe’s interpretation — or misinterpretation — of a new law, poker pots at the Hard Rock Casino swelled. But the wild ride is over….”We realized we were reading state law a little differently than the parimutuels were,” said Gary Bitner, a Hard Rock spokesman. “So we changed our game to bring it into line with the parimutuels.” While state gaming laws do not apply directly to tribe-run casinos, federal Indian gaming regulations say that tribes must conform with state laws regulating card-room hours and pot limits.”

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