Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/20/07)

articles:
Fresno set to invite candidates (Fresno Bee, 07/18/07)

Second-largest crowd no sign of off year for poker’s main event (USA Today, 07/19/07)

Armed Men Rob Suspected Dallas Gambling Room (CBS11, 07/19/07)

excerpts:

Fresno set to invite candidates (Fresno Bee, 07/18/07)
“The Fresno City Council voted unanimously to lift wagering limits for Texas Hold ’em card games at a downtown casino. Mayor Alan Autry has vowed to veto the council’s decision. But the council, which agreed to allow no-limit Texas Hold ’em with a 6-0 vote, can override a mayoral veto. Five council votes are needed for an override. Previously, the city had wagering limits of $200 per bet. Those limits still apply to all other card games.”

Second-largest crowd no sign of off year for poker’s main event (USA Today, 07/19/07)
“For the championship event to get (6,358) players in the current regulatory climate that the government imposed in October is an amazing feat,” Gordon says. That was down from the record 8,773 who took part last year, but it was the second-highest total in the 38-year history of the Main Event, which didn’t top 1,000 players until 2004. The government action addressed by Gordon was the passage of the federal Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which prohibits banks and credit card companies from making U.S. customer payments to online sites for any type of gambling that is illegal under U.S. law including online poker.”

Armed Men Rob Suspected Dallas Gambling Room (CBS11, 07/19/07)
“There was a different kind of raid at a suspected Dallas gambling room. Thursday’s raid in the 1300-block of Audelia didn’t involve police, but armed robbers. Three armed men robbed game room visitors of cash, credit cards, jewelry and even laptop computers. Inside the makeshift poker place, more that a dozen people were held up – having more than $20,000 taken from them….”We want people to do things the legal way, but we’re also out there to protect the citizens,” said Lt. Christina Smith, Dallas Police Department. “The citizens know that they’re playing at illegal places, but still we don’t want them to be crime victims, whether they’re playing at an illegal place or not.”

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