Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (08/17/07)

articles:
Greensburg lawyer’s poker games under scrutiny (Tribune-Review, 08/17/07)


UPDATE: Lead widens in favor of table games (Daily Mail, 08/17/07)

On the cards (The Courier Mail, 08/18/07)

press release:

Barney Frank’s H.R. 2046: A Closer Look (PocketFives, 08/16/07)

excerpts:

Greensburg lawyer’s poker games under scrutiny (Tribune-Review, 08/17/07)
“A Greensburg lawyer is trying to recover more than $11,000 and other property that was confiscated after state police raided a Texas Hold’em poker tournament he operated at a fire hall. According to court documents filed Thursday, state police are investigating Lawrence Burns, a defense attorney based in Greensburg, for running poker events around Westmoreland County since April in violation of state gambling laws. Law enforcement authorities contend poker tournaments that are advertised, and held for profit and not for the benefit of a licensed charitable organization, are illegal.”

UPDATE: Lead widens in favor of table games (Daily Mail, 08/17/07)
“The lead for pro-table games votes widened today. Unofficially, the pro-table games vote had a 200-vote lead after workers finished tallying previously uncounted votes and some challenged ballots during a canvass today. At 2:05 p.m., the pro-table games vote was 22,930. The anti-table games vote was 22,730 against.”

On the cards (The Courier Mail, 08/18/07)
“Queensland law, as in most states except NSW, says the game may be played outside casinos provided there’s no entry fee, no stakes to be paid. Instead, a number of poker “leagues” provide the infrastructure – tables, chips and organisers – for pubs and clubs to have regular free-to-play tournaments. There’s the Australian Poker League, the National Poker League, National Pub Poker League, Australian Masters Poker and Queensland Poker Events, but no one operation is dominant in Queensland, says Sean Callender, editor-in-chief of the bimonthly magazine Bluff.”

press release:

Barney Frank’s H.R. 2046: A Closer Look (PocketFives, 08/16/07)
“As the seasons begin to change and the temperature begins to drop nationwide, a new wind of change is about to spread across the United States. It’s a transformation that will be a welcome sight for poker players everywhere. Proposed by PocketFives favorite Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), H.R. 2046, the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act of 2007, is a piece of legislation that every single member of the online poker community should keep an eye on.”

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