Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (09/07/07)

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articles:
Card-room expansion bill suits some; others are flush with concern (Sacramento Bee, 09/05/07)

Poker Tournaments in Bars – The New Prohibition? (Poker Player Newspaper, 09/03/07)

media:
Pennsylvania Officials Talk Table Games (WTOV9, 09/06/07)

Update: State’s First Poker Lounge To Open (KTHV, 09/06/07)

press release:
Jim McDermott’s H.R. 2607: A Closer Look (PocketFives, 09/06/07)

excerpts:
Card-room expansion bill suits some; others are flush with concern (Sacramento Bee, 09/05/07)
“The popularity of Texas Hold ’em and a desire for more profit lead to calls for more poker tables. SB 152 would allow that. The Lucky Derby now has nine poker tables, but the enactment of Senate Bill 152 would allow the small card room to expand to 13 tables. Anti-gambling groups oppose the measure. “You can’t give (gamblers) the temptation,” says Fred Jones, a lawyer for the California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion.”

Poker Tournaments in Bars – The New Prohibition? (Poker Player Newspaper, 09/03/07)
“While the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has devastated internet poker, separate, quiet battles are being fought and won to make poker legal in bars under state laws. The fight over the rights of bars to run Texas hold’em tournaments does have some significant differences with the better known prohibition on alcohol. Legally, Prohibition was a federal issue. It involved an actual amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a rare and difficult feat to accomplish, and a federal statute, the Volstead Act, named after its author, Andrew Volstead, U.S. Senator from Minnesota. Gambling, on the other hand is almost always exclusively a state issue.”

media:

Pennsylvania Officials Talk Table Games (WTOV9, 09/06/07)
“As West Virginia gears up for table gaming, Pennsylvania could be, too. Racetrack officials and House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese (D) Pennsylvania, testified before the Gaming Oversight Committee in North Strabane Township, Pennsylvania Thursday. They discussed House Bill 2121, which would allow table gaming in the Keystone State.”

Update: State’s First Poker Lounge To Open (KTHV, 09/06/07)
“The state’s first ever dedicated poker lounge is set to open this weekend even though the Little Rock city attorney says it’s illegal. An organization called National Poker Challenge is opening a franchise on Rodney Parham Road. The organization, based in Memphis, will open its Little Rock location officially on Saturday.”

press release:

Jim McDermott’s H.R. 2607: A Closer Look (PocketFives, 09/06/07)
“When many outsiders examine the internet gambling situation, they always come back to one thing: money. Why doesn’t the United States Government just tax internet gambling revenues? Why put an effective ban on an industry that can be so lucrative? The answers to these questions and more lie in the aptly named Internet Gambling Tax Act.”

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