Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/26/07)

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articles:

If you’re strangers, don’t ante up in Connecticut poker game, Blumenthal warns (Norwich Bulletin, 07/26/07)

In Poker Match Against a Machine, Humans Are Better Bluffers (New York Times, 07/26/07)

State Regulation Will Delay Local Table Games (WTOV-9, 07/26/07)

A surge in the war (of intimidation) (Casino City Times, 07/26/07)

Expert says Antigua unlikely to gain entire $3.4 billion in WTO dispute (Casino City Times, 07/25/07)

Terrorists Launder Money at Online Poker Rooms (PokerNews, 07/25/07)

blogs:
Second Life Bans Gambling Following FBI Investigation (07/26/07)

press release:
Poker Powers Converge at World Poker Congress (07/26/07)

excerpts:
If you’re strangers, don’t ante up in Connecticut poker game, Blumenthal warns (Norwich Bulletin, 07/26/07)
“Next time you sit down to a poker game around the kitchen table, take a good look at your opponents. Forget about trying to ferret out a bluff and instead ask yourself how well you know your fellow players. Last week, as the Division of Special Revenue reminded Connecticut residents where they can and cannot legally play poker, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said games solicited through Web sites violate the “pre-existing social relationship” condition usually applied to home games.”

In Poker Match Against a Machine, Humans Are Better Bluffers (New York Times, 07/26/07)
“Poker is thought to be a more difficult challenge for software designers than games like chess and checkers. Computer scientists have to develop different strategies and algorithms to deal with the uncertainties introduced by the hidden cards held by each player as well as difficult-to-quantify risk-taking behaviors such as bluffing.”

State Regulation Will Delay Local Table Games (WTOV-9, 07/26/07)
“Lottery Director John Musgrave said the state isn’t ready to regulate workers, and said workers won’t be hired and trained until late fall. Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort and Wheeling Island Racetrack & Gaming Center had hoped to start offering poker, blackjack and other table games earlier in the fall. “Until they’re ready to implement their regulatory arm, we cannot open up the table gaming portion of our business,” said Mountaineer spokeswoman Tamara Cronin.”

A surge in the war (of intimidation) (Casino City Times, 07/26/07)
“The latest news in the United States Department of Justice’s war against Internet gambling is not good news for online poker players. Up until 2006, most of the attacks by law enforcement were against sports betting sites. The DOJ has publicly taken the position that the Wire Act, the main federal anti-gambling law that might apply to the Internet, outlaws all forms of gambling. However, a couple of courts have ruled the Wire Act is limited to bets on sports events and races. The DOJ does not want to lose its power of intimidation by losing a case, so it has not brought any charges against pure poker sites.”

Expert says Antigua unlikely to gain entire $3.4 billion in WTO dispute (Casino City Times, 07/25/07)
“Antigua & Barbuda, which has requested $3.4 billion in compensation from the U.S. after winning a WTO dispute over Internet gambling, most likely will have to settle for a much smaller amount according to John Jackson, an international economics law expert and professor at Georgetown University Law Center.”

Terrorists Launder Money at Online Poker Rooms (PokerNews, 07/25/07)
“Three British men who were found guilty of terrorism charges have admitted using online poker rooms to launder money to aid their criminal behaviour. According to a report in a US newspaper, The Wasington Post, the men used accounts at Paradise Poker, Canbet and Noble Poker to launder money. Investigators spent hundreds of hours sifting through financial data to track down the groups activities.”

blogs:

Second Life Bans Gambling Following FBI Investigation (TechCrunch, 07/26/07)
“An ongoing investigation by the FBI into gambling in Second Life is believed to be directly related to Linden Lab’s sudden decision to ban all forms of gambling on Second Life. The FBI investigation commenced in April and was considering the legality of online gambling within the virtual world. The US Government prohibits most forms of online gambling. It was unclear at the time of writing whether the FBI would take the matter further, including the possible arrest of Linden Lab directors or the prosecution of individual users.”

press release:
Poker Powers Converge at World Poker Congress (World Poker Congress, 07/26/07)
“The World Poker Congress is the first conference to fully explore the synergies between the live and online games. The conference will feature two tracks dedicated to the different forms of the game, as well as plenary and general sessions featuring topics that appeal to each audience. Attendees will join colleagues to discuss issues such as marketing your poker room, player development, legislation and economics in Europe, staging tournaments, building a player base, business strategies for a quickly maturing industry, fraud and security, mergers and acquisitions, and much more.”

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