Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (08/14/07)

articles:
Web Gambling: Tax, Don’t Ban (New York Post, 08/14/07)

A Web Gambling Fight Could Harm Free Trade (Business Week, 08/13/07)

Christian right joins betting fight (MSNBC, 08/13/07)

Legal issues scratch gambling at Pataskala fair (The Columbus Dispatch, 08/14/07)

Who pays for a table games recount? (Charleston Daily Mail, 08/14/07)

Poker Buddies, Wink Wink (Hartford Advocate, 08/14/07)

Masked men storm local poker game (The Monitor, 08/14/07)

West Virginia Poker Coming to at Least Two Counties (CardPlayer, 08/14/07)

US Justice Dept Requests Extension in UIGEA Challenge Case (PokerPages, 08/14/07)

press release:
Harvard Law Profs Backing Poker as Educational Tool in Schools, Universities (GPSTS, 08/14/07)

blog:
Institutional Gambling: Hedge Funds and Families (AimlesslyChasingAmy, 08/14/07)

excerpts:
Web Gambling: Tax, Don’t Ban (New York Post, 08/14/07)
“The Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act, which we’ve cosponsored, uses fines and revokes licenses for Web sites that don’t sufficiently police against improper use. That’s the right approach. Rather than simply repeal the ban on Internet gambling, our Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act would create a regulatory framework that ensures operators are licensed and protects consumers against underage gambling, compulsive gambling, money-laundering, identity theft and fraud.”

A Web Gambling Fight Could Harm Free Trade (Business Week, 08/13/07)
“America’s stern approach to Internet gaming may lead to broader problems with the WTO. Few paid heed in 2003 when the tiny island nation of Antigua & Barbuda started griping about tough U.S. gambling laws. The complaint: Antigua’s Internet gambling operations, a major source of jobs for the country, had been hurt because Americans weren’t allowed to place bets online.”

Christian right joins betting fight (MSNBC, 08/13/07)
“The National Football League has enlisted the support of the Christian right to help drum up opposition to a proposal in Congress that would legalise sports betting and reverse sweeping prohibitions on online gambling that were passed last year. The primary target of the lobbying campaign by the sports league and Focus on the Family, the evangelical group headed by James Dobson, is a proposal introduced this year by Barney Frank, the powerful Democratic lawmaker, that would undo the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.”

Legal issues scratch gambling at Pataskala fair (The Columbus Dispatch, 08/14/07)
“No need to practice your poker face for this year’s Pataskala Street Fair. The city’s biggest summer event starts Wednesday and includes the usual live music, rides and cholesterol-rich foods. Not on the bill will be most of the big-draw games of chance or seats at the firehouse poker table. On Aug. 6, city officials told the West Licking Firefighters Association, which hosts the fair, that some of the activities might not be legal.”

Who pays for a table games recount? (Charleston Daily Mail, 08/14/07)
“Who ends up footing the bill for a likely recount of the Kanawha County table games election depends on the outcome of the recount itself. With the Kanawha County Commission slated to consider 513 challenged ballots Friday, table games supporters could easily lose or increase their 33-vote lead to legalize poker, blackjack, craps and roulette at Tri-State Racetrack. The track paid for the election originally. Now it’s all up in the air, as table games opponents press for a recount because of the challenged ballots, 155 ballots that should have been counted at the precincts but instead were counted at the county courthouse on election night and 64 more uncounted ballots that were discovered in the county clerk’s office Monday.”

Poker Buddies, Wink Wink (Hartford Advocate, 08/14/07)
“Here’s a riddle: how is playing cards like having sex? Answer: it’s legal for two (or more) consenting adults to do it together so long as nobody gains financially. But the second capitalism gets involved, then you are (according to the government) an officially Bad Person who deserves to go to jail. Poker’s pretty popular these days, both in person and online, so the Division of Special Revenue is reminding everybody not to play for money. Paul Young, the division’s executive director, said in a press release last month that Connecticut law makes gambling illegal in most instances.”

Masked men storm local poker game (The Monitor, 08/14/07)
“Police are searching for four men suspected of robbing a poker game early Tuesday morning, using a rifle and handguns. The men — clad in ski masks — entered through the front door of a home on the 3800 block of Bridget Street just after midnight, police say. Five people were inside playing poker, and the men ordered them to the floor.”

West Virginia Poker Coming to at Least Two Counties (CardPlayer, 08/14/07)
“This past weekend, voters in Kanawha County passed the table game referendum, but the outcome was so close that a recount is most likely. The referendum passed by 25,544 to 22,511, and the results have not been certified since several hundred votes from a few voting precincts have not yet been tallied and the margin of victory was so small.”

US Justice Dept Requests Extension in UIGEA Challenge Case (PokerPages, 08/14/07)
“Court documents were filed yesterday requesting an extension for responding to the lawsuit filed June 5 by the Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) against U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales that seeks to prevent implementation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), the legislation last fall that made transactions illegal between US residents and online poker and online gambling sites, and gave carve outs to special-interest gambling sites such as horseracing and lotteries.”

press release:
Harvard Law Profs Backing Poker as Educational Tool in Schools, Universities (GPSTS, 08/14/07)
“Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson will announce an international effort to organize “poker strategic thinking societies” at universities and secondary schools around the world that will use poker as an educational tool to teach everything from basic life skills to war games at military colleges. Nesson will announce the formation of the Global Poker Strategic Thinking Society (GPSTS) in Singapore on August 19 during an international conference called State of Play. Chapters of the GPSTS will be organized at prominent universities on several continents, starting at Harvard.”

blog:
Institutional Gambling: Hedge Funds and Families (AimlesslyChasingAmy, 08/14/07)
“If Kyl, the Christian right, and the NFL are so worried about gambling’s impact on the family, then why the hell aren’t they going after the hedge funds?  In the last few week’s we’ve seen the destructive capability of these unregulated, and oftentimes offshore tax dodging, enterprises on people’s retirement and savings nest eggs.  The vast majority of people hurt never heard of a hedge fund, let alone invested in one.  But investment related activity, no matter how badly managed and regulated, is exempted by the UIGEA.  In the end, online poker can’t hold a candle in the “family harm department” when compared to the havoc hedge funds and private equity funds dole out to a naive and unsuspecting public.”

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