Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (08/13/07)

article:
Online-poker players appeal to legislators for help (Alligator Online, 08/09/07)

Gambling High (College Times, 08/09/07)

64 more ballots discovered from anti-table games precinct (The Charleston Gazette, 08/13/07)

Tampa Greyhound to suspend racing, keep poker (St. Petersburg Times, 08/11/07)

IMEGA’s chances of success remote (Casino City Times, 08/08/07)

Poker game draws attention (Loudoun Easterner, 08/09/07)

The PokerNews Interview: Mori Eskandani, Part Two (PokerNews, 08/13/07)

CryptoLogic Suffers Due to U.S. Legislation (CardPlayer, 08/10/07)

Online gambling suffers a new setback (Globe and Mail, 08/09/07)

blog:
Regional Poker News: California (PokerBlog, 08/11/07)

Will the Sandstrom Petition Create a California Owned and Operated Online Poker Site? (Lou Krieger, 08/11/07)

excerpts:

Online-poker players appeal to legislators for help (Alligator Online, 08/09/07)
“Despite Congress prohibiting online-poker playing nationwide last year, some students are still upset about being forced to fold. UF sophomore Daniel Allison, a member of Poker Players Alliance, is one of many students who used online poker as his primary source of income until the ban passed in September. “I’m not even making close to what I made before the ban was passed,” Allison said. “It takes too much effort to play, and there are thousands less people to play against – therefore, less cash payout.”

Gambling High (College Times, 08/09/07)
“Much of that gambling used to take place online, but last year the US Congress passed a bill that made it nearly impossible for gambling sites to stay in existence. Strict regulations were put on sites as well as banks, prohibiting money transfers by way of wire, credit card or basically any other payment type that would enable online gambling. But today the poker world barely seems to have felt the blow, as gamblers return to the age-old tradition of live games. Nearly every bar in the Valley offers its own version of poker night.”

64 more ballots discovered from anti-table games precinct (The Charleston Gazette, 08/13/07)
“Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper said that 64 uncounted ballots from Saturday’s close table games vote were discovered early this morning at the county Voter’s Registration Office. The early voting ballots came from precinct No. 431, which voted 173 to 96 against allowing casino-style table games in Kanawha County. The votes have been inside a sealed bag inside the Voter’s Registration Office, but not secured in accordance with state election law, he said”

Tampa Greyhound to suspend racing, keep poker (St. Petersburg Times, 08/11/07)
“The future of live racing beyond December remains unclear. In a prepared statement, general manager Mike Hater said, “Since opening our card room on July 1, it has become clear that poker is where we need to focus our efforts. Low attendance for greyhound racing and the popularity and growth of poker made this an obvious business decision due to recent legislative changes.”

IMEGA’s chances of success remote (Casino City Times, 08/08/07)
“The organization, described as a non-profit “professional association dedicated to the continued growth and innovation of the Internet,” will be granted a hearing at the Third Circuit Court in New Jersey on Sept. 4. The restraining order, however, faces an uphill battle, according to Buffalo State Business Law professor Joseph Kelly. “It’s extremely difficult to set aside an act of Congress on the basis of the commercial speech argument,” Kelly said. “And it’s even more difficult when instead of just seeking a declaratory judgment you want a temporary restraining order.”

Poker game draws attention (Loudoun Easterner, 08/09/07)
“Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Wild Meadow Court a few minutes after midnight July 31 for a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival deputies learned that three unknown suspects had entered a residence through a basement door. Inside, two of the men brandished firearms. A 30-year-old victim from Ashburn was grabbed by one the suspects, who then told two other victims to get on the ground. The suspects then stole an undisclosed amount of cash from a table where the three victims had been playing poker.”

The PokerNews Interview: Mori Eskandani, Part Two (PokerNews, 08/13/07)
“PokerNews: How has the UIGEA [Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act] changed the landscape of poker programming? Is it getting easier these last few months, or harder?
Mori Eskandani: It never gets easy. In the back of your mind, things can happen and regulations can come that will make it hard to operate. It never gets easier; you’re always worried about that. But you’re also hoping that people realize that poker is a game of skill.”

CryptoLogic Suffers Due to U.S. Legislation (CardPlayer, 08/10/07)
“Poker software provider revenues down 46.5 percent as U.S. prohibition bites. CryptoLogic, the publicly listed gaming software provider whose partners include World Poker Tour, William Hill, Sun Poker, InterPoker, and Playboy, today reported a 46.5 percent decrease in revenues in the second quarter of 2007. The company generated revenue of $16.2 million and said the decrease from $30.2 million in the second quarter of 2006 was “due largely to the impact of the U.S. prohibition of Internet gaming.”

Online gambling suffers a new setback (Globe and Mail, 08/09/07)
“Britain’s government dealt a blow to around a thousand gambling Web sites on Thursday after it banned them from advertising in the UK from September. The government ruled that despite the firms having been granted licenses to run Internet poker and casino Web sites, the offshore countries they were based in did not have stringent enough regulations. From September any online firm based in gaming hotspots such as Costa Rica, the Netherlands Antilles and Belize will not be able to market in Britain, which will prevent well-known sites including Betfred Casino and Littlewoodscasino.com from advertising online, on TV and in papers and magazines.”

blog:
Regional Poker News: California (PokerBlog, 08/11/07)
“For those not familiar with California politics. The state of California is the first state in the history of the United States to send two women to the U.S. Senate at the same time and these two Senators are both very liberal democrats. One would assume that such politicians would be for personal freedom and personal responsibility but in the case of Senator Dianne Feinstein this is not the case. Take a look at this form letter that she sends to anyone who writes here about the online poker ban…”

Will the Sandstrom Petition Create a California Owned and Operated Online Poker Site? (Lou Krieger, 08/11/07)
“San Diegan Tony Sandstrom, is circulating a statewide initiative to create a California owned and operated internet poker site. The profits from this site would go to the State of California as well as to, counties, cities, and towns for to repair highways, roads, and streets. Some profits would also be earmarked for to the California Gambling Addition Fund to treat those with gambling problems. “The politicians will not be permitted to divert these funds,” said Sandstrom.”

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