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

articles:
Online Poker Players Scramble to Regain Basic Rights (NH Insider, 08/04/07)


Poker for potholes initiative makes run at California ballot (The Register, 08/07/07)

More bets placed on a Chicago casino (Chicago Sun-Times, 08/07/07)

Congressman Ron Paul Against UIGEA (PokerListings.com, 08/08/07)

excerpts:

Online Poker Players Scramble to Regain Basic Rights (NH Insider, 08/04/07)
“It may be hard for some to believe, but even a guy like me needs to escape from politics from time to time. And there is typically only one place in this world where I can achieve a complete escape — the poker table. Poker players, bless their hearts, are some of the most apolitical human beings on the planet. I’m sure I’m not the only exception to this rule, but I can tell you this — I have logged a lot of hours in public cardrooms around the country, and I’ve almost never heard a comment that had anything to do with politics.”

Poker for potholes initiative makes run at California ballot (The Register, 08/07/07)
“A California YouTube junkie received permission last week from the California Secretary of State to circulate a petition to establish a government run online poker site that would subsidize fixing the state’s roads. Anthony “Tuff Fish” Sandstrom, who regularly chronicles the ups and downs of his online poker life on YouTube, decided that he had had it up to here with the sorry state of American gambling regulation, and resolved to do something about it. Mad as hell, not going to take it anymore.”

More bets placed on a Chicago casino (Chicago Sun-Times, 08/07/07)
“A Chicago casino gained newfound momentum Monday after House Republicans — for the first time — showed “strong interest” in a Chicago casino to fund schools, state construction and the cash-strapped CTA. “There is a . . . good bit of interest — even more than I thought — to go down this road,” said House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego), who said a new city casino and an expansion of existing casinos could fund up to a $10 billion capital program.”

Congressman Ron Paul Against UIGEA (PokerListings, 08/08/07)
“There is one more opponent of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA). According to http://www.house.gov, Presidential hopeful Ron Paul will be offering his support to Congressman Barney Frank’s revised gambling bill, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act or IGREA.”

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