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

articles:
Online gambling draws opposition (Politico, 11/06/07)

Hog Wild co-owner, World Series of Poker winner, among 16 people arrested in Kingsport gambling raid (Kingsport Times-News, 11/05/07)

Wayne poker club victim a ‘quiet guy’ (North Jersey, 11/06/07)

Women Charged With Robbing Poker Game of $20,000 (The State Journal, 11/06/07)

Peru American Legion holding Texas Hold’Em poker tournaments (Peru Tribune, 11/07/07)

Brits getting hooked to online poker (London News Net, 11/07/07)

excerpts:
Online gambling draws opposition (Politico, 11/06/07)
“A skilled poker player knows how to read his opponent and when to fold to cut his losses. So when scores of poker players ascended on Washington last month to push for legalizing online gambling, their opponents took notice. The Pokers Players Alliance is pushing a bill sponsored by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) that would legalize and regulate Internet gambling, overturning a ban that became law after former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) inserted it into port security legislation late last year.”

Hog Wild co-owner, World Series of Poker winner, among 16 people arrested in Kingsport gambling raid (Kingsport Times-News, 11/05/07)
“Kingsport police have seized $19,900 in cash and arrested 16 people – including the 2005 Seniors Division winner of the World Series of Poker – during a raid on a local gambling operation. The raid came after a citizen’s tip to police and the charges against the group varied from gambling, to possession of untaxed liquor and one man was charged with carrying a pistol.”

Wayne poker club victim a ‘quiet guy’ (North Jersey, 11/06/07)
“Those who knew Frank DeSena say the Wayne man had been dealt a good hand in life. Blessed with high intelligence, DeSena parlayed a talent for math into a career in computer science — then was able to retire early after accepting a buyout from AT&T. Friends and relatives said retirement offered him more time to spend raising his son, while pursuing his other passions: sports, theater, movies and cards.”

Women Charged With Robbing Poker Game of $20,000 (The State Journal, 11/06/07)
“Two women are accused of robbing a poker game in Putnam County. The Sheriff’s Department says the game was being played in a building behind Bogey’s Sports Bar in Teays Valley. Investigators say the pair got away with more than $20,000. Kimberly Steinbrecher has turned herself in to the Huntington Police Department. She’s charged with armed robbery.”

Peru American Legion holding Texas Hold’Em poker tournaments (Peru Tribune, 11/07/07)
“Texas Hold ‘Em Poker has grown in popularity recently, but so have legal restrictions on gambling. Poker enthusiasts now are faced with the dilemma of where to play their game legally. In Miami County, the answer is simple: Peru American Legion Post 14.”

Brits getting hooked to online poker (London News Net, 11/07/07)
“Poker is climbing the popularity charts as far as British pastimes are concerned, with nearly a quarter of internet users in the country logging on to gaming sites to play the game in the past 12 months, a new report has found. But, the report also says that many are too uncertain of the rules to play with real money. A survey by market analyst Mintel revealed that the game is becoming a popular British pastime, largely due to increased television coverage.”

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