Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (09/10/07)

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articles:
National Poker Challenge Holds First Tournament Despite Warnings (KATV, 09/08/07)

IGREA Gets 36th Cosponsor on Eve of Casino Gambling Web Trip to D.C. (Casino Gambling Web, 09/09/07)

Is It Safe To Play Poker Online? (Casino City Times, 09/08/07)

Aldermen still gambling on charity (Nashua Telegraph, 09/09/07)

Local casino plans expansion if bill passes (Times-Herald, 09/08/07)

Will the Sandstrom Petition Create a California Owned and Operated Online Poker Site? (Poker Player Newspaper, 09/03/07)

Reverends with varied pasts share same message (North Kitsap Herald, 09/08/07)
The Irony of Sweden’s Gaming Board Calling for End to Private Poker Clubs (Poker Pages, 09/09/07)

media:
‘Free’ Poker Room Opens Doors in Little Rock (KTHV, 09/08/07)

press release:

PPA Membership Breaks 700,000 (PocketFives, 09/07/07)

excerpts:
National Poker Challenge Holds First Tournament Despite Warnings (KATV, 09/08/07)
“Some Little Rock poker players are all in for a new poker room in the capital city. Around 40 people showed up Saturday for the first game at the National Poker Challenge or NPC in Little Rock. Before the games in Texas began, organizers assured players of the games’ legality.”

IGREA Gets 36th Cosponsor on Eve of Casino Gambling Web Trip to D.C. (Casino Gambling Web, 09/09/07)
“On the eve of Casino Gambling Web’s trip to Washington, D.C., another Congressman signed on to co-sponsor bill H.R. 2046. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, from Virginia’s 3rd District, signed on to co-sponsor Chairman Barney Frank’s Internet Gambling & Regulation Enforcement Act (IGREA), bringing the total number of co-sponsors to 36.”

Is It Safe To Play Poker Online? (Casino City Times, 09/08/07)
“Online poker players have had to turn to other means to load funds on websites. But most banks decided years ago not to allow their credit cards to be used for 7995 transactions, the merchant code for online gaming. The Department of Justice also sent subpoenas to the investment banks, accountants, and even law firms, responsible for taking Internet gaming companies public on the London exchange. Business for many Internet poker sites has dropped by 25% or more. Players are not only finding it difficult to get funds transferred. They are scared.”

Aldermen still gambling on charity (Nashua Telegraph, 09/09/07)
“Aldermen are making slow but steady progress in crafting legislation to further regulate charitable gambling operations in the city. The board has yet to vote on two pieces of legislation that would tighten regulations on gaming parlors, but an aldermanic committee did amend one measure to make the regulatory process more stringent. Ward 9 Alderman Greg Williams has proposed legislation that would prevent strips of gambling facilities from opening up in town.”

Local casino plans expansion if bill passes (Times-Herald, 09/08/07)
“If a card-room expansion bill making its way through the Legislature is successful, the owners of American Canyon’s Napa Valley Casino say they want to be dealt in. Senate Bill 152, which cleared the Assembly this week and heads to the Senate for a final vote, would make it easier to add tables at small card rooms.”

Will the Sandstrom Petition Create a California Owned and Operated Online Poker Site? (Poker Player Newspaper, 09/03/07)
“San Diegan Tony Sandstrom is circulating a statewide initiative that would 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, to repair highways, roads, and streets. Some profits would also be earmarked for to the California Gambling Addiction Fund to treat those with gambling problems. “The politicians will not be permitted to divert these funds,” said Sandstrom.”

Reverends with varied pasts share same message (North Kitsap Herald, 09/08/07)
“Fahnestock said he also hopes to work within the church for a long time. He was ordained four years ago, but has been involved with the church since 1985 through Seattle Unity Church. After college, he said his career took an unusual turn. “I was looking for work, and poker became legal in the state of Washington,” he said. “I decided to play poker while I was looking for a job. My older brother taught me, and I did the game for about 15 to 18 years… There are a lot of things you do in the ministry you do in poker. It’s intuitive.”

The Irony of Sweden’s Gaming Board Calling for End to Private Poker Clubs (Poker Pages, 09/09/07)
“The world is full or ironies, and the Swedish gaming board Lotteriinspektionen contributed theirs when they issued a report claiming that “illegal poker playing in the country is getting out of hand,” then demanding that the Swedish government take tougher action against ‘underground poker clubs’ to maintain their state-owned monopoly, called Svenska Spel. The irony is that the Swedish government themself is about to be sued in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for violating European Union law by blocking gambling services based in other European Union (EU) countries, which is against Article 49 of the EC Treaty.”

media:
‘Free’ Poker Room Opens Doors in Little Rock (KTHV, 09/08/07)

press release:

PPA Membership Breaks 700,000 (PocketFives, 09/07/07)
“At the beginning of the summer, the membership of the Poker Players Alliance sat at half a million. Not bad for the organization which, a year before, only numbered a tenth of that. Congress was winding down for the session and four bills dealing with internet gambling were introduced. Now the summer has come to a close. The kids are back in school and your elected officials are back in the nation’s capital to get down to business. Across town at the PPA’s headquarters, the database of members just passed the 700,000 mark. PocketFives.com sat down with new Poker Players Alliance Executive Director John Pappas to discuss the latest milestone.”

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