Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (08/02/07)

articles:
Table games delay necessary to protect integrity, Lottery says (Charleston Daily Mail, 08/02/07)

Police: Poker Games At Home Can Be Dangerous (NBC4, 08/01/07)

France’s Monopolistic Online Gaming Laws Facing Legal Challenges (PokerNews, 08/02/07)

excerpts:

Table games delay necessary to protect integrity, Lottery says (Charleston Daily Mail, 08/02/07)
The news that two state racetracks won’t be able to offer table games until November at the earliest has frustrated Northern Panhandle officials who were counting on revenue coming in as early as next month. But the state Lottery says the delay is necessary to train employees who will oversee the gambling in complex accounting, security and regulatory procedures. “The training is not just learning how to deal cards or watching people deal cards,” said Libby White, the Lottery’s marketing director. “There’s a lot of auditing and financial oversight. It’s very complex.”

Police: Poker Games At Home Can Be Dangerous (NBC4, 08/01/07)
“Authorities in Loudon County are looking for a trio of masked men who robbed a high-stakes poker game at a home in Ashburn early Tuesday morning. The game of poker has enjoyed a surge of popularity in recent years. There are online games, televised tournaments and even high-stakes games at home. But police said gambling at home can be dangerous.”

France’s Monopolistic Online Gaming Laws Facing Legal Challenges (PokerNews, 08/02/07)
“France’s protectionist policies regarding online gambling are facing mounting legal challenges, with the latest blow dealt by its own Cour de Cassation, France’s top court. In a ruling handed down last month, the court overturned a decision that had previously banned a Maltese competitor from offering online betting associated with horse racing in France. The ultimate fate of the Maltese company Zeturf may take over a year to be known, as it must now work its way back through the court of appeals for a rehearing.”

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