Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (10/29/07)

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articles:
Poker Faces Weak Hand (New York Post, 10/29/07)


How Much Is NOT Having Internet Gambling Worth? (Poker Player Newspaper, 10/29/07)

Flush times for poker fading (Las Vegas Business Press, 10/27/07)

Gambling industry has big plans for state (The Daily Record, 10/28/07)

EDITORIAL: Games of skill (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/29/07)

**Click here for more coverage of the PPA DC Fly-In**

media:
Online Gambling (Sinclair Broadcasting Group, 10/24/07)

Opinion: Barry Greenstein on PPA DC Fly-In Event (PokerRoad, 10/25/07)

blogs:
The PPA Lobbies the Federalies (Kick Ass Poker, 10/28/07)

excerpts:
Poker Faces Weak Hand (New York Post, 10/29/07)
“Poker players who descended on Capitol Hill last week face long odds in trying to convince Congress to legalize playing the card game on the Internet. But one wild card could force Washington’s hand: an international trade dispute with Antigua over online gambling that could end up leaving the U.S. on the hook for billions of dollars.”

How Much Is NOT Having Internet Gambling Worth? (Poker Player Newspaper, 10/29/07)
“Besides Gaming Law, I sometimes teach a class called “Remedies.” Here law students learn the very important lessons of how the real world works. Winning a legal battle is worse than worthless if what you collect is less than your attorneys’ fees. This is exactly what the U.S. is trying to do to Antigua in its dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over internet gambling. The issue revolves around one of the more difficult questions taught in Remedies: How much should someone pay for destroying a business that did not yet exist?”

Flush times for poker fading (Las Vegas Business Press, 10/27/07)
“After a three-year winning streak, the sparkle seems to be off the diamonds in the casino poker industry. Revenues from poker rooms throughout Nevada were down about 6 percent in July and August compared with the same period a year earlier, according to figures from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. “The figures (for July and August) are nowhere near the double-digit increases we’ve seen in recent years,” said Frank Streshley, senior research analyst for the Gaming Control Board.”

Gambling industry has big plans for state (The Daily Record, 10/28/07)
“Gaming industry leaders describe Maryland an important potential market, and one that is likely to eventually allow games such as blackjack, roulette or poker if state officials authorize the installation of slot machines. Slot machine gambling is sure to be one of the most important issues discussed at this week’s special session of the Maryland General Assembly. Lawmakers will take up a bill proposed by Gov. Martin O’Malley that would allow state-owned slot machines at horse racing facilities. The governor has said such gambling could ultimately raise $550 million per year.”

EDITORIAL: Games of skill (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 10/29/07)
“A full house of poker players converged on Capitol Hill last week to argue that Internet gambling prohibitions are unfairly restricting their rights. The Los Angeles Times reported that several card sharks came to Washington to lobby lawmakers last Wednesday as members of the Poker Players Alliance. “Poker is a game that is deeply complex,” poker star Annie Duke said. “But the complexities don’t reveal themselves until you know a lot about the game. … What I do is not gambling.” We’ll leave that argument for another day. But the card players are holding aces when they contend the federal ban on Internet gaming is just plain silly.”

media:
Online Gambling (Sinclair Broadcasting Group, 10/24/07)

Opinion: Barry Greenstein on PPA DC Fly-In Event (PokerRoad, 10/25/07)

blogs:
The PPA Lobbies the Federalies (Kick Ass Poker, 10/28/07)
“Haley quipped to me in a phone conversation early in the week about the “Hundred Man March” scheduled to take place in Washington D.C., where about 100 Poker Players Alliance representatives traveled to the U.S.’s capital to lobby Congressmen on poker’s behalf. The ‘Fly-In,’ as the PPA termed it, went off as scheduled, and the PPA generated some mainstream press. After acknowledging the few dozen headlines generated, however, did the PPA publicity tour accomplish any real good?”

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