Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (09/24/07)

articles:
Obama flush with poker prowess (CNN, 09/24/07)

PPA Scheduled to Launch Aggressive Campaign in D.C. (CardPlayer, 09/21/07)

State law turns poker fundraiser into 7-card dud (Courier-Post, 09/24/07)

Measure that would open the door to large card rooms awaits the governor (Napa Valley Register, 09/24/07)

Bars use poker tournaments to draw crowds (Greeley Tribune, 09/24/07)

Poker Operation Given Green Light (Milford Observer, 09/21/07)

MasterCard spent $880,000 lobbying (Business Week, 09/21/07)

EU urged to reject US offer over gambling (Financial Times, 09/24/07)

NEAL: A YEAR LATER: About half of the businesses closed in raid have reopened (The Herald Bulletin, 09/224/07)

Poker Operation Given Green Light (Milford Observer, 09/21/07)

media:
More gambling in the Flats? You can bet on it (WKYC-TV, 09/21/07)

press release:
Gov’t Responds to iMEGA’s TRO Request (iMEGA, 09/23/07)

excerpts:

Obama flush with poker prowess (CNN, 09/24/07)
“Barack Obama’s triumph in the 2004 U.S. Senate race earned him a memorable send-off from his friends in the Illinois Legislature — they emptied his wallet in a take-no-prisoners night of poker. “We brought him down to earth real quick,” said state Sen. Terry Link, chuckling at the memory. Obama was a regular at the low-stakes games — sometimes stud poker, sometimes draw — designed to break up the tedium of long legislative sessions.”

PPA Scheduled to Launch Aggressive Campaign in D.C. (CardPlayer, 09/21/07)
“Having recently moved its headquarters to Washington, D.C., the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is taking advantage of its close vicinity to the lawmakers who have the ability to make the future of online gambling a favorable one to poker players by launching its biggest initiative yet. A Policy Conference is scheduled for Oct. 22-24, and the PPA is calling on all of its nearly 800,000 members to come and support the three-day campaign.”

State law turns poker fundraiser into 7-card dud (Courier-Post, 09/24/07)
“It turns out — appearances to the contrary — people can’t just gamble in New Jersey, even to help a charity. Farmer’s long-planned event suddenly needed a license that came with a lot of rules and fees — all taking more time and money than she had. Farmer’s reaction to this bad news: “I’m just going to pretend I didn’t hear that. I can’t cancel.” That tactic might work, she reasoned, if state regulators never learned of her party. But with one day to go, the state called. A worker from the Legalized Games of Chance Control Commission laid down the law, which allows a $7,500 fine for first offenders.”

Measure that would open the door to large card rooms awaits the governor (Napa Valley Register, 09/24/07)
“Brian Altizer needs a few more proverbial cards to make his hand, and he’s hoping Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will deal them his way. Altizer, the co-owner of the Napa Valley Casino in American Canyon, is hoping Schwarzenegger signs a senate bill next month that would give him the chance to double the number of poker tables at his roadside card room, the only one of its kind in Napa County.”

Bars use poker tournaments to draw crowds
(The Tribune, 09/24/07)
“Every Tuesday night, the distinctive sounds of shuffling decks of cards and chips being tossed into the pot can be heard coming from the pool hall of at CooperSmith’s Pub & Brewing in Old Town Fort Collins. Players sit at pool tables converted into card tables for the night, dealing hands of Texas Hold ‘Em, the now ubiquitous poker game played on television. While virtual fortunes are lost and won, players order drinks and food.”

Poker Operation Given Green Light (Milford Observer, 09/21/07)
“A proposed change of use plan, turning the former IGA Supermarket at Elm Street’s Granite Town Plaza into a “charitable gaming” operation, received approval from the Milford Planning Board Tuesday night. The proposal by New Hampshire Charitable Gaming would create “The River,” a poker hall featuring the popular Texas hold ’em poker games and tournaments. By state law, 35% of the proceeds of all games and tournaments (less prizes) must go to charity, and Jim Rafferty, the company’s president, predicts that could result in $350,000 being distributed to area non-profit groups each year.”

MasterCard spent $880,000 lobbying (Business Week, 09/21/07)
“MasterCard Inc., the world’s No. 2 credit card franchise, spent $880,000 in the first six months of 2007 to lobby the federal government, according to a disclosure form. The company lobbied on legislation related to the regulation and enforcement of Internet gambling, which is mostly illegal in the United States, and online purchases of prescription drugs, according to the form posted online Monday by the Senate’s public records office.”

EU urged to reject US offer over gambling (Financial Times, 09/24/07)
“Gambling groups are pressing the European Union to reject as inadequate an American compensation offer for losses suffered when the US closed its online betting market last year. Brussels won an extra month to study the offer at the weekend. The US has agreed that talks can continue until October 22 after it filed its offer – made after a World Trade Organisation ruling – days before Saturday’s deadline.”

NEAL: A YEAR LATER: About half of the businesses closed in raid have reopened (The Herald Bulletin, 09/224/07)
“Business went down the tubes when the new gaming statutes went into effect,” attorney Robert Cowles said. In July, a law that classified Texas Hold’em poker as a game of chance. “They opened up late last year, but when they weren’t able to have Texas Hold’em, they closed the doors,” Cowles said.”

media:
More gambling in the Flats? You can bet on it (WKYC-TV, 09/21/07)
“Both charities and card players have been cashing in down in The Flats. “Nautica Charity Poker Festivals,” a summer-long event, has brought in thousands of visitors and raised $600,000 this year. And the festivities are being extended. A final Texas Hold’em tournament will be played October 6-7.”

press release:
Gov’t Responds to iMEGA’s TRO Request (iMEGA, 09/23/07)
“Pushing its time right down to the limit, the US Department of Justice, on the behalf of the other two defendants (Federal Trade Commission and Federal Reserve) just made the deadline of Sept. 21st that was set by Hon. Judge Mary L. Cooper (3rd District/Trenton division) for submitting a response brief, addressing the request by iMEGA’s legal team for a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIEGA), as part of our suit to have that law overturned and declared unconstitutional.”

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