Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (09/26/07)

articles:
Gaming firms urge EU to aim high in U.S. trade row (Reuters, 09/26/07)

IGREA Gets 37th Co-Sponsor, Internet Gambling Bill Still Alive (Casino Gambling Web, 09/25/07)

Officers Seize Drugs, Money and Gambling Devices in Raid (EyeWitness News, 9/25/07)

High-stakes poker lures better players to dog track’s card room (News-Press 09/24/07)

Dusk Till Dawn Gets UK Card Club Licence (iGaming Business, 09/26/07)

WPT and Amateur Poker League Enter into Partnership (CardPlayer, 09/25/07)

Denver Poker Tour Deals a Winning Hand (WestWord, 09/27/07)

press release:
Online gambling lobby hires Ogilvy for comms (IMEGA, 09/26/07)

iMEGA Awaits Action on Challenge to Flawed Online Gaming Law (iMEGA, 09/26/07)

excerpts:
Gaming firms urge EU to aim high in U.S. trade row (Reuters, 09/26/07)
“European online gaming companies which have been shut out of U.S. markets urged the European Union on Wednesday to demand as much as $100 billion in compensation in the hope that Washington might yet be pressed into reversing its ban. The tiny Caribbean island of Antigua, which built up an online gambling industry before the U.S. ban, successfully challenged U.S. online betting restrictions at the World Trade Organisation and the United States lost its appeal this year.”

IGREA Gets 37th Co-Sponsor, Internet Gambling Bill Still Alive (Casino Gambling Web, 09/25/07)
“On Monday, Congressman William Delahunt [MA-10], member of the House Judiciary Committee, House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight, signed on to co-sponsor Chairman Barney Frank’s bill H.R. 2046 to become the 37th Representative to join Frank in an effort to regulate Internet gambling and negate the effects of the UIGEA, which among other things, restricts individual personal freedoms.”

Officers Seize Drugs, Money and Gambling Devices in Raid (EyeWitness News, 9/25/07)
“Investigators and detectives raided the residence at 2872 Glen Springs during a weekly poker game. Officers say they seized about 393 grams of marijuana, assorted gambling devices and $1,526,25 in cash. Ellis Joyner, Jr., 37, was arrested at the home along with six other players in the poker game. Joyner has been charged with possession with the intent to sell and illegal gambling.”

High-stakes poker lures better players to dog track’s card room (News-Press 09/24/07)
“Spurred by the three-month success of high stakes poker, the Naples-Fort Myers Greyhound Track’s poker room will be getting bigger in October. “Our business has probably doubled,” said Card Room Manager Cindy Fra. The track’s card room transition from low stakes to high stakes has been nothing short of remarkable, Fra said.”

Dusk Till Dawn Gets UK Card Club Licence (iGaming Business, 09/26/07)
“Dusk Till Dawn has announced that it has finally been granted a licence by a magistrate for its Nottingham based poker club after the three day court case was resolved just over an hour ago. Magistrates decided that the online poker room would be granted a licence as a poker venue only, after inspecting the premises yesterday. Speaking just after the decision was made, Dusk Till Dawn’s Adam O’Connell explained, “Obviously we are all absolutely delighted. The magistrate said that if we were applying for a casino licence then it would have been rejected but because they liked what we were doing, and that there was a demand for the type of poker club we were offering, they were willing to grant a licence as a poker only venue.”

WPT and Amateur Poker League Enter into Partnership (CardPlayer, 09/25/07)
“World Poker Tour Enterprises has entered a five-year contract with a popular American pub poker league, the Amateur Poker League, to bring the WPT experience to venues everywhere. The APL and WPTE have joined forces to form the World Poker Tour Amateur Poker League (WPTAPL). According to WPTE, the APL holds more than 500 free tournaments in approximately 180 venues in more than a dozen states.”

Denver Poker Tour Deals a Winning Hand (WestWord, 09/27/07)
“The Amateur Poker Tour may have gone bust, but there is still free poker in Denver. “Did you bring your rattlesnakes?” KC asks with a giggle as she deals the first hand of the night. She’s been dealing for the Denver Poker Tour since she left Amateur Poker Tour after the company failed to pay her, and she relishes the gossip. Having met Herb Beck, she says a tiny part of her wanted to cheer him on when she heard about the plot to murder APT partner Matt Sowash with rattlesnakes.”

press release:
Online gambling lobby hires Ogilvy for comms (IMEGA, 09/26/07)
“The Interactive Media Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA), a nonprofit that lobbies for online gambling interests, has hired Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide to help with public outreach. IMEGA president Edward Leyden declined to discuss deal terms, but said the firm would assist with “brand awareness” for iMEGA specifically and online gambling – or “gaming” – in general. He added that the industry is widely misunderstood as unregulated and irresponsible – allegedly encouraging gambling by children and addicts, for example, when in fact the industry does not.”

iMEGA Awaits Action on Challenge to Flawed Online Gaming Law (iMEGA, 09/26/07)
“Based on the decision of the U.S. District Court earlier today, iMEGA eagerly awaits the action of the Honorable Mary L. Cooper and the Court. “We agree that children and problem gamblers need protection. We know that technology is available that will accomplish this. This law — in addition to being defective and unconstitutional — will not provide greater protections. In fact, it will only make these groups more vulnerable.”

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (09/26/07)

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