Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/08/07)

articles:
Anti-Online Gambling Law Hidden in Massachusetts Casino Bill (Poker News, 11/08/07)

Suffolk shuts down several illegal poker games (Newsday, 11/08/07)

Sheriff not planning to go after participants in poker game that was robbed (Charleston Daily Mail, 11/08/07)

$26K Offered In Fatal Poker Game Shooting (Local 6, 11/08/07)

Twin River vote Saturday (The Pawtucket Times, 11/08/07)

Online Poker Community Urged to Send Question About UIGEA to YouTube Debate (Gambling911, 11/08/07)

German gambling ban overturned (Out-Law.com, 11/07/07)

blog:
Let’s Go to Jail (RCFox, 11/08/07)

excerpts:

Anti-Online Gambling Law Hidden in Massachusetts Casino Bill (Poker News, 11/08/07)
“When Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick proposed a bill to allow resort-style casinos into the state, some opposition was expected. But the initiative is now under heavy attack from an unlikely source: gamblers. The critical issue for many who would have otherwise welcomed the “Act Establishing and Regulating Resort Casinos in the Commonwealth” is a clause buried deep within the bill that would make online gambling illegal.”

Suffolk shuts down several illegal poker games (Newsday, 11/08/07)
“Suffolk County authorities shut down a slew of underground Texas Hold ’em poker games Wednesday night, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office said Thursday. Nine people were arrested, and authorities seized joker poker machines, gambling tables and more than $10,000 in cash, prosecutors said.”

Sheriff not planning to go after participants in poker game that was robbed (Charleston Daily Mail, 11/08/07)
“Putnam County Sheriff Mark Smith said he has no current plans to file criminal charges against six people who were robbed at gunpoint while playing an illegal poker game. On Nov. 1, Kimberly Steinbrecher and Jacqueline Dennis allegedly entered a storage building behind a bar on W.Va. 34 near Hurricane. They pointed guns at a gathering of men, getting away with more than $27,000 in cash, according to a criminal complaint.”

$26K Offered In Fatal Poker Game Shooting (Local 6, 11/08/07)
“Up to $26,000 in reward money is being offered for information leading to an indictment of a person who invaded a New Smyrna Beach home in October and shot and killed a Port Orange man during a poker game, officials said on Thursday. David Michael Turner, 62, was killed at about 9:20 p.m. during the Oct. 15 home-invasion robbery in the 500 block of Mill Run Drive.”

Twin River vote Saturday (The Pawtucket Times, 11/08/07)
“It won’t change any laws, but Saturday’s referendum will at least give town voters the opportunity to go on the record about the future of gambling at Twin River.
The non-binding ballot includes two questions: “Do you support the expansion of gaming hours at Twin River … from its current closing hours to 24 hours per day, seven days per week?” and “Do you support the expansion of gaming operations … to include full-scale casino gambling operations including, but not limited to, table games?”

Online Poker Community Urged to Send Question About UIGEA to YouTube Debate (Gambling911, 11/08/07)
“Poker community, supporters of Ron Paul, prompted to submit YouTube video for debated regarding UIGEA passage and freedom of Internet. The CNN/YouTube Republican debate is taking place on November 28.  The format, which included a video of a talking snowman that left Republican Mitt Romney not amused, was an instant hit with the rest of the nation.  This CNN/YouTube debate is expected to be an even bigger hit.”

German gambling ban overturned (Out-Law.com, 11/07/07)
“It is impossible to enforce a ban on internet gambling and so such a ban is ‘null and void’, according to a German court. The Court of Appeal in the state of Hessen reversed a ruling from a lower court banning an Austrian firm from operating. The ruling comes just weeks before German states are expected to ban internet sports betting across the country. It forms one episode in a long struggle between some European countries who want to control online gambling and the EU institutions that want to promote free cross-border trade.”

blog:

Let’s Go to Jail (RCFox, 11/08/07)
“What is important is that the facade of Tiltware and Full Tilt being separate entities has been ripped asunder. I’ve been almost 100% certain for several years that this was the case. We now know it is. What this means is that if the Department of Justice wants to go after US individuals for owning and running an illegal gambling enterprise (and for Americans to own Full Tilt is definitely illegal) they can. And they can hoist Lederer, Wolf, Bitar, and Newitt on their own petard. (And I’m not even considering the UIGEA as far as laws that Full Tilt has violated.)”

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