Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/11/07)

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articles:

Series feels effects of online poker crackdown (Las Vegas Sun, 07/11/07)

Controversial Law Affects World Series of Poker Turnout (KLAS-TV, 07/10/07)

iMEGA Nudges U.S. Attorney General (Online-Casinos, 07/11/07)

Washington State Online Poker Ban Legality Challenged (PokerPages, 07/11/07)

Second poker club opens in region (Times Herald-Record, 07/11/07)

Who Is Robert Wexler? (CardPlayer, 07/11/07)

PocketFives Podcast: A Litmus Test for Intelligence (PocketFives, 07/11/07)

media:
Controversial Law Affects World Series of Poker Turnout (KLAS-TV, 07/10/07)

Podcast featuring Poker Players Alliance President Michael Bolcerek (PocketFives, 07/11/07)

Senator Alfonse D’Amato Interview (WSOP-TV, 07/10/07)

excerpts:
Series feels effects of online poker crackdown (Las Vegas Sun, 07/11/07)
“If the U.S. government hadn’t seen fit to crack down on online gambling, poker insiders were saying, at least 4,000 more players would have signed up for the “Big One,” the $10,000 no-limit Texas hold ’em world championship tournament, sending the size of the field into record five-figure territory. As it was, the main event drew 6,358 entrants, down about 27 percent from last year’s record turnout of 8,773. The culprit for the drop-off was the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, which made it more cumbersome for Americans to move money to and from online gambling sites and prompted some online poker rooms to pull out of the U.S. market.”

Controversial Law Affects World Series of Poker Turnout (KLAS-TV, 07/10/07)
The World Series of Poker is well underway at the Rio, but the explosive growth of poker seems to have slowed down this year because of a controversial law. There is lots of excitement, but not as many players. Last year, Congress and the president approved a bill banning online gambling sites. That means fewer buy-ins and final tables, and for the players, playing with funny money is no laughing matter.”

iMEGA Nudges U.S. Attorney General (Online-Casinos, 07/11/07)
“The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) lawyers are apparently not about to let their litigation against the US Attorney General be stonewalled.  Despite the passage of only a month since the suit was filed, lawyers for the pressure group have this week pressed the courts to expedite a response still awaited from the US Department of Justice.”

Washington State Online Poker Ban Legality Challenged (PokerPages, 07/11/07)
“A Renton, Washington lawyer celebrated the start of the Main Event of the World Series of Poker last Friday by filing a lawsuit challenging the Washington state ban on online poker, also called Internet poker in the media, according to reports in the Seattle Intelligencer newspaper. Lawyer Lee Rousso (49) filed his complaint claiming that the 2006 ban on Internet poker is a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution’ commerce clause, which prohibits individual states from enacting laws that discriminate against interstate businesses.”

Second poker club opens in region (Times Herald-Record, 07/11/07)
“And they play poker in the back of a strip mall somewhere near Newburgh — in a room with gray, concrete floors and exposed pipes hanging from the ceiling. But this is no illegal gambling den. Anthony Gagliardo and Monte Morris have started a Texas Hold ’em poker tournament club, the second one in the region. (They let a reporter visit the club last week but didn’t want to print where the club is located, fearing a zoning or legal battle with the local municipality.)”

Who Is Robert Wexler? (CardPlayer, 07/11/07)
“We discussed the future of poker and while Howard and Wexler discussed how to prove poker was a game of skill. Senator Al talked about the change on Capitol Hill and how more and more Congressmen are becoming allies. It was a fun day for Senator Al because he was asked to conduct the opening ceremonies for the WSOP with the ceremonial line:  “Shuffle up and deal.”

PocketFives Podcast: A Litmus Test for Intelligence (PocketFives, 07/11/07)
“At the 2007 World Series of Poker, 2004 Main Event Champion Greg Raymer told Poker Players Alliance President Michael Bolcerek, “If you don’t believe poker is a game of skill, you shouldn’t hold public office because that should be a litmus test for intelligence.” The sentiment those words carried echoed loud and clear throughout the halls of the Rio in Las Vegas, the site of poker’s Super Bowl.”

media:
Controversial Law Affects World Series of Poker Turnout (KLAS-TV, 07/10/07)

Podcast featuring Poker Players Alliance President Michael Bolcerek (PocketFives, 07/11/07)

Senator Alfonse D’Amato Interview (WSOP-TV, 07/10/07)

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