Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/02/07)

articles:
Mountaineer takes in $150k in first week of table games (The Review, 11/02/07)

TVG Capitalises on UIGEA to Launch Internet Betting for New Yorkers (Gaming Intelligence Group, 11/02/07)

Officer suspended for gambling sues IMPD (Indianapolis Star, 11/02/07)

Governor gambles on gaming expansion (San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/01/07)

Deadwood gambling hits $1 billion mark (Rapid City Journal, 11/02/07)

Corpus Christi Greyhound Track To Close (KSAT, 11/02/07)

Lottery Language Approved (Times Record, 11/02/07)

Unnamed State-Controlled Gaming Company to Launch Internet Poker (Gaming Intelligence Group, 11/02/07)

press releases:
PPA Fighting for Legal Poker Rooms in Kentucky (Poker Players Alliance, 11/01/07)

PPA Action Alert to all Mass. Members (Poker Players Alliance, 11/02/07)

excerpts:

Mountaineer takes in $150k in first week of table games (The Review, 11/02/07)
“Revenue results are in following the first full week of poker play at Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort. According to an official with the West Virginia Lottery Commission, the racetrack posted total receipts of $153,121 in table gaming revenue for the week ending Oct. 27.”

TVG Capitalises on UIGEA to Launch Internet Betting for New Yorkers (Gaming Intelligence Group, 11/02/07)
“As if to further demonstrate the inconsistencies of the UIGEA, TVG, America’s leading interactive horse racing network, has used an exemption in the anti-online gambling legislation to launch an internet betting site for New York state residents after gaining approval from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. The internet service will allow registered New York residents to place bets on horse races at tracks including Yonkers, Colonial Downs and Meadowlands in New Jersey.”

Officer suspended for gambling sues IMPD (Indianapolis Star, 11/02/07)
“An 11-year veteran officer has sued the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department claiming supervisors suspended him without giving him a chance to appeal. Aaron Sparks filed a lawsuit this morning with the Marion County Clerk’s office saying that his department wrongly suspended him for five days after supervisors learned he played poker at the Indianapolis Pinnacle Club in the 3900 block of Pendleton Way.”

Governor gambles on gaming expansion (San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/01/07)
“In addition to his plan to lease the state lottery to a private operator to try to ramp up ticket sales, Schwarzenegger has recently signed bills to extend Internet wagering on horse races and to permit satellite betting at sports bars and dozens of other locations. However, the Republican governor refused to let the state’s smallest card rooms add a few more tables, noting the state had recently allowed them to expand.”

Deadwood gambling hits $1 billion mark (Rapid City Journal, 11/02/07)
“When South Dakota voters approved Deadwood gambling in November 1988, backers didn’t envision the historic town would change all that much. They figured the five existing bars in town would have slot machines and a few poker and blackjack tables. That vision began to change fast after limited gambling began Nov. 1 in Deadwood 18 years ago.”

Corpus Christi Greyhound Track To Close (KSAT, 11/02/07)
“I think everyone in the state of Texas who has anything to do with horse racing or dog racing is hoping there will be poker,” Savin said. The racing commission last month denied the track’s request for a shortened racing season, part of a plan to try to stem losses.”

Lottery Language Approved (Times Record, 11/02/07)
“If Oaklawn and Southland can convince the Legislature that video poker is a game of skill, then I’m certain that the definition of a lottery could be very broad under this proposal,” Cox said. Oaklawn Park thoroughbred track in Hot Springs and Southland Greyhound Park in West Memphis now operate electronic games of skill under a 2005 state law that authorized local-option elections on expanding gambling at the two pari-mutuel tracks. Voters in both cities approved the games, and the law withstood a legal challenge by the Family Council before the state Supreme Court.”

Unnamed State-Controlled Gaming Company to Launch Internet Poker (Gaming Intelligence Group, 11/02/07)
“The government owned company is following the lead set by Sweden in allowing its state-controlled gaming company to offer online poker to its citizens. Boss Media has been contracted to deliver and operate the technical gaming platform and Svenska Spel’s solutions for responsible gaming, security and supervision will be integrated into the offering. “It is satisfying that we will deliver our products to yet another WLA-member. We are particularly pleased about the cooperation with Svenska Spel which has helped us develop the tools for responsible gaming that will be a fundamental part of the gaming company’s interactive offering in the future,” says Markus Holm, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Development at Boss Media.”

press releases:
PPA Fighting for Legal Poker Rooms in Kentucky (Poker Players Alliance, 11/01/07)
“Governor Ernie Fletcher’s election-year decision to oppose a statewide referendum on the issue of casino gaming in the commonwealth has drawn the ire of the state’s poker players, as Fletcher’s position includes opposition to poker rooms. In September, the Kentucky State Chapter of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) announced it was mounting a statewide grassroots advocacy campaign in support of poker in Kentucky. Since then, over one thousand pro-poker letters and phone calls from concerned poker players have flooded the offices of Fletcher and state representatives.”

PPA Action Alert to all Mass. Members (Poker Players Alliance, 11/02/07)
“Recently, Governor Deval Patrick proposed a bill (H.4307, click here to read) that seeks to expand casino gambling in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This bill also includes a proposition that would make it a crime for you to play poker on the Internet (See: Section 15(h)(2)(i)). Under this provision, violators will be subject to a maximum term of 2 years in the house of correction, a fine of $25,000, or both. Ironically, H.4307 is pro-casino gambling legislation, yet it makes Internet gaming a crime.”

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