Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/19/07)

articles:
In Connecticut, You’ve Got To Know When To Fold ‘Em – State Gaming Regulator says Poker Mostly Illegal (The Day, 07/19/07)

Can Yang save poker’s face? (Casino City Times, 07/19/07)

press release:
Half Year Update from PPA Chairman, Al D’Amato” (Poker Players Alliance, 07/19/07)

excerpts:

In Connecticut, You’ve Got To Know When To Fold ‘Em – State Gaming Regulator says Poker Mostly Illegal (The Day (The Day, 07/19/07)
“The skyrocketing popularity of televised poker tournaments and celebrity poker has made the card game so attractive that the division is getting more complaints and inquiries than ever about it. On Wednesday, Young sought to clarify what’s legal and what’s not, and why. “We feel we also have a responsibility to educate the public as to what’s illegal,” said Paul Bernstein, Young’s spokesman. “The activity has become attractive and there are nonprofit organizations and certain businesses that are looking at trying to generate more revenue (through) poker.”

Can Yang save poker’s face? (Casino City Times, 07/19/07)
“U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) called the poker world out during a House Financial Services Committee hearing last month. He pointed to the biographies of several Full Tilt Poker pros in his monologue, not veiling his contempt for people who started professional gambling lives before they were of legal age. His opinion is not uncommon, especially in the halls of Congress. Gambling is often deemed a sin and the political is world very aware of the powerful Christian conservative vote. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was pushed through Congress by legislators like Bachus. And it hasn’t been repealed because few elected officials are willing to stick their neck out for an issue with large moral implications.”

press release:
Half Year Update from PPA Chairman, Al D’Amato” (Poker Players Alliance, 07/19/07)
“We have accomplished so much in so little time! Our membership has grown more than 500% since the first of the year, to over 600,000 members — thanks in no small part to you telling your fellow poker enthusiasts to join our cause. We are well on our way to our One Million Member target, and I again ask for your help by encouraging your family, friends and tablemates to join the PPA.”

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