Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/13/07)

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articles:
IMEGA Files Brief to Support Dismissal of UIGE Act (CardPlayer, 07/13/07)

Cops face discipline for poker club visit (Indianapolis Star, 07/13/07)

A court has ruled that poker tournaments do not contravene Danish gaming laws (The Copenhagen Post, 07/13/07)

media:
PPA Chairman Alfonse D’Amato interview (PokerNew, 07/11/07)

press release:
Poker Players Alliance Makes Waves at World Series (PocketFives, 07/13/07)

excerpts:

IMEGA Files Brief to Support Dismissal of UIGE Act (CardPlayer, 07/13/07)
“A new nonprofit organization that was formed to represent online gambling and media firms has filed a brief in the United States District Court in New Jersey in support of its case it filed against Attorney General Alberto Gonzales last month to stop the Unlawful Internet gambling Enforcement Act (UIGE Act) from being implemented. “What we hope to accomplish is to allow the public at large to carry out a fundamental right, which is the ability to engage in Internet gambling of all sorts,” said Eric Bernstein, iMEGA’s lead attorney on this case.”

Cops face discipline for poker club visit (Indianapolis Star, 07/13/07)
“An Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department supervisor has recommended suspending seven officers who have been linked to a Northeastside poker club. Assistant Chief Cliff Myers recommended the suspension of officers who played at the Indianapolis Pinnacle Club in the 3900 block of Pendleton Way. In March, vice officers raided the club, arrested three and cited 60 others who were playing cards — including an Indiana State Police officer.”

A court has ruled that poker tournaments do not contravene Danish gaming laws (The Copenhagen Post, 07/13/07)
“Poker is not merely a game of chance but also requires skill and is therefore legitimate competition, a municipal court in the suburb of Lyngby ruled Friday. The ruling acquitted the president of the Danish Poker Association, Frederik Hostrup, of charges of arranging illegal gambling events. Hostrup had been sued by hotel and restaurant trade organisation Horesta on behalf of the nation’s casinos. The ruling goes against a decision by the Justice Ministry’s legal affairs committee in 2006, which concluded that poker constituted illegal gambling.”

media:
PPA Chairman Alfonse D’Amato interview (PokerNew, 07/11/07)

press release:
Poker Players Alliance Makes Waves at World Series (PocketFives, 07/13/07)
“PPA President Michael Bolcerek led the charge in Las Vegas. Through his efforts, he’s managed to bring on board D’Amato and promote his former Public Relations Director, John Pappas, to a governmental role. Bolcerek has become increasingly visible and active within the poker community itself. This year, he brought a current Congressman and author of H.R. 2610, the Skill Game Protection Act, Robert Wexler (D-FL) to serve as his wingman. Bolcerek comments, “Wexler has been at the Rio and D’Amato was his host. We wanted to bring him to share his leadership with regards to the Skill Game Protection Act.”

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