Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (08/29/07)

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articles:

BREAKING NEWS: Recount ends with table games passing by a 339-vote margin (Charleston Daily Mail, 08/29/07)

Hundreds Pack OP Town Hall To Attend Poker Room Debate (News 4 Jax, 08/28/07)

US ban continues to hurt PartyGaming (Financial Times, 08/29/07)

Perspective: Poker, Politics, and War (PocketFives, 08/28/07)

American Gaming Asstn (AGA) Spent $900,000 Lobbying US Gov’t in First Half of 2007 (PokerPages, 08/26/07)

US Attorney General Gonzales Resigns- What’s Next for Online Poker & Online Gambling? (PokerPages, 08/29/07)

Seven charged in poker raids (Toronto Star, 08/28/08)

Alleged illegal gambling den-keeper shows his sense of humour to police after fourth raid (Toronto Sun, 08/29/07)

media:
Hundreds Attend Meeting, Voice Opinions About Possible OP Kennel Club Poker Room (News 4 Jax, 08/28/07)

Alleged Illegal Gambling Houses Raided (Toronto Sun, 08/29/07)

press release:
The First Annual California Poker Players Conference To be Held at Hollywood Park (Woman Poker Player Magazine, 08/27/07)

excerpts:
BREAKING NEWS: Recount ends with table games passing by a 339-vote margin (Charleston Daily Mail, 08/29/07)
“Election officials declared table games passed in Kanawha County by a 339-vote margin. Opponents of table games flocked to Kanawha County’s voters’ registration offices this morning, hoping for a turnaround in the election that could eventually bring games like poker and roulette to the county’s casino. But two hours after the controversial recount began, gambling foes didn’t have the outcome they were hoping for. They gained only four votes in their favor.”

Hundreds Pack OP Town Hall To Attend Poker Room Debate (News 4 Jax, 08/28/07)
“A Poker Room push is under way in Clay County to determine if a new legal gambling option is in the cards for Orange Park. Tuesday night, a full house of supporters and opponents gathered to sound off on the issue of whether a Poker Room should be added to the Orange Park Kennel Club. “I’m against the gambling because the gambling brings the good, the bad and the ugly,” said Poker Room opponent George Ihle. “Well, it would bring more money into our town and the Jacksonville area, Duval County and everything else,” said Poker Room supporter Neal Heil.”

US ban continues to hurt PartyGaming (Financial Times, 08/29/07)
“The full brunt of the closure of the US online gaming market last October on PartyGaming was revealed on Wednesday as the group reported a 68 per cent drop in revenues to $212.5m (£106m) and a loss before tax of $47.1m in the first half of 2007. At the ebitda level, before large non-cash items for share options and amortisation, the profit fall was 95 per cent to $17.9m. Mitch Garber, chief executive, said that talks initiated by PartyGaming with the US Department of Justice were still taking place. “We are continuing to work toward a satisfactory conclusion,” he said, and this would allow the group to put the “legacy issues” behind it.”

Perspective: Poker, Politics, and War (PocketFives, 08/28/07)
“The UIGEA being passed was a bit unsettling. Everyday as service members, we’re reminded that we are in Iraq to protect freedoms back home. The passing of this bill was a direct contradiction. Poker is a game that has deep roots in America’s past and present culture. It’s a game in which anyone can pick up the cards and play, regardless of their level of skill. On any given night this past year, you could find poker games being played around our numerous living areas. It’s where life long friendships were made, where we escaped reality, and for a few hours we were reminded of life back home. It was our choice to play, a personal freedom we could enjoy, a decision that was made by us and no one else.”

American Gaming Asstn (AGA) Spent $900,000 Lobbying US Gov’t in First Half of 2007 (PokerPages, 08/26/07)
“There has been increasing legislative activity on Washington D.C.’s Capitol Hill affecting poker, gaming and online gambling since the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) passed last October, so it comes as little surprise that the American Gaming Association (AGA), who represents the US land-based casino industry, disclosed that they spent $900,000 in the first half of 2007 to lobby the federal government.”

US Attorney General Gonzales Resigns- What’s Next for Online Poker & Online Gambling? (PokerPages, 08/29/07)
“Alberto Gonzales has resigned from his post as US Attorney General, where he headed agencies that caused significant setbacks to online poker and online gambling industry’s ability to do business with United States residents, resulting in substantial business and financial damage to international gaming companies and their investors. Arizona Senator Jon Kyl had praised Gonzales and the Department of Justice for their high profile gambling industry arrests and for disrupting payment methods used by US online players during an April Senate Judiciary Committee enquiry on an unrelated topic.”

Seven charged in poker raids (Toronto Star, 08/28/08)
“Police have charged seven people with running illegal gambling houses following a series of raids in Mississauga in which as many as 80 people were arrested. Members of the OPP’s Illegal Gambling Unit, in co-operation with the Peel Regional Police, executed search warrants on four Mississauga businesses in the past several weeks.”

Alleged illegal gambling den-keeper shows his sense of humour to police after fourth raid (Toronto Sun, 08/29/07)
“An accused illegal gambling den-keeper showed police respect in the last of four recent raids — with a takeoff of late comedian Rodney Dangerfield. The head of the OPP’s anti-gambling unit said as players were arrested Wednesday evening, the owner of Hollywood DJ on Haines Rd. used the “I don’t get no respect” line made famous by Dangerfield, who died in 2004. “He was quite good at it,” Det. Staff-Sgt. Clint Hunter said of the monologue in the industrial unit, where Texas Hold ’em and other poker games were interrupted.”

media:
Hundreds Attend Meeting, Voice Opinions About Possible OP Kennel Club Poker Room (News 4 Jax, 08/28/07)

Alleged Illegal Gambling Houses Raided (Toronto Sun, 08/29/07)

press release:
The First Annual California Poker Players Conference To be Held at Hollywood Park (Woman Poker Player Magazine, 08/27/07)
“The First Annual California Poker Players Conference — CPPC — will be held on Saturday, October 20, and Sunday, October 21 at the Hollywood Park Casino, Inglewood, California, in conjunction with the twelve-day National Championship of Poker Tournament…John A. Pappas, recently named the Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) will update attendees on the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and its potential impact on all forms and venues for playing poker. As a special feature, Jeffrey Pollack, Commissioner of the World Series of Poker, will discuss the event and changes planned for the 2008 World Series of Poker.”

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