Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/30/07)

articles:
Charity poker can run afoul of law (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, 07/29/07)

Poker draws big crowds, big business (The News Journal, 07/29/07)

Online Poker: Wexler’s Support Continues Growing (Gambling911, 07/29/07)

Congressmen for and against Online Gambling (Eye On Gambling, 07/28/07)

Poker players gamble on Barnes & Thornburg (The Politico, 07/28/07)

press release:
Congressman Robert Wexler Joins the PocketFives Podcast (Pocket Fives, 07/27/07)

excerpts:

Charity poker can run afoul of law (Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, 07/29/07)
“Nonprofit organizations and other groups that choose to host poker games to raise money or as a social event are walking a fine legal line, local law enforcement officers say. Texas hold ’em, a community card game that has increased in popularity in the last few years, is illegal when a monetary bet is made — no matter the reason for the tournament, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice. “It’s a great idea and great fundraiser; you just have to do your homework to make sure you aren’t doing anything illegal,” said Carol Elliott, chairwoman of the Arts Council of South Wood County’s governance committee.”

Poker draws big crowds, big business (The News Journal, 07/29/07)
“It could be argued that Ace Henley’s high school friends saw decades into the future. “I was the morning [disc jockey] for my high school, and everyone teased me that I needed a nickname,” said Henley, owner of Texas Hold’em Rentals. After a friend randomly suggested Ace, it stuck. Henley, whose real name is Shannon Michael Haney, is trying to capitalize on the popularity of Texas hold ’em poker. He travels from bar to bar nearly every night of the week hosting poker games in Pennsylvania and Delaware.”

Online Poker: Wexler’s Support Continues Growing (Gambling911, 07/29/07)
“When it comes to online poker legislation that looks to make the game legal and regulated, Florida Congressman Robert Wexler’s Skill Game Protection Act is right up there with Barney Frank’s legislation and it’s approved by the Poker Player Alliance’s outspoken chairman, Alfonse D’Amato (See video of D’Amato interview here). Online-Casinos.com reports that Since Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson signed up as Wexler’s first co-sponsor in June, 11 more Representatives have put their weight behind the Wexler proposal…”

Congressmen for and against Online Gambling (Eye On Gambling, 07/28/07)
“Based on the way things look now, here’s a close look at House member ratings: If you enjoy your freedom to gambline online, you may wish to use this as a guide before voting in the upcoming elections. The higher the letter grade, such as an A+, the more favorable the candidate is towards online gambling.”

Poker players gamble on Barnes & Thornburg (The Politico, 07/28/07)
“The Poker Players Alliance signed Barnes & Thornburg, a D.C.-based law firm, to lobby on the nonprofit’s behalf. This comes just months after John Pappas joined the organization as vice president of government relations, and the first permanent employee in the group’s D.C. office.”

press release:
Congressman Robert Wexler Joins the PocketFives Podcast (Pocket Fives, 07/27/07)
“Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) made waves at the 2007 World Series of Poker. He stepped into the Amazon Room on Day 1-D and was met with a mountain of applause. He came in support of the Skill Game Protection Act, known in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 2610. The bill does something that should excite each and every person in the United States that enjoys playing online poker – It carves out an exemption for games of skill. In Wexler’s bill, that means games like poker and chess, where competition is between players and not against the house. Introduced last month, the bill awaits its time in committee and eventually debate on the House floor. Wexler took time to discuss the Skill Game Protection Act on the PocketFives.com Podcast.”

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3 responses to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (07/30/07)

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  2. I am looking for information on holding a charity poker tournament in Florida can you point me in the right direction as to rules or laws governing it.

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