Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/09/07)

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articles:
Dozens charged after north-end gambling-ring bust (CTV.ca, 11/09/07)

MTR Gaming: Poker Up, Income Down (The Blood-Horse, 11/09/07)

Gambling foes paint dark picture; Revenue projections lower, problems greater (The Eagle-Tribune, 11/09/07)

Warning issued about lead in some poker chips (Arizona Daily Sun, 11/09/07)

Group to push for gambling courts in Conn. (Newsday, 11/08/07)

media:
State Dep’t of Health issues alert about poker chips (ABC 15, 11/08/07)

Suffolk DA Raids Illegal Poker Games, Arrest Nine (1010 Wins, 11/08/07)

excerpts:
Dozens charged after north-end gambling-ring bust (CTV.ca, 11/09/07)
“Dozens of people have been charged after police from across southwestern Ontario and Ottawa raided a suspected gambling ring overnight in Toronto’s north-end. At least 60 heavily armed officers descended on the Thornhill Social Club located at 1126 Finch Ave. W., near Dufferin Street, at about 11 p.m. on Thursday.”

MTR Gaming: Poker Up, Income Down (The Blood-Horse, 11/09/07)
“Play at poker tables in their first few weeks of operation at Mountaineer Race Track & Gaming Resort has exceeded expectations, and officials with track owner MTR Gaming Group said it’s a start toward reinventing the facility and improving its bottom line. The first 37 poker tables opened Oct. 19 on the first floor of the grandstand/clubhouse; demand has been such that Mountaineer plans to add four more tables in the near future.”

Gambling foes paint dark picture; Revenue projections lower, problems greater (The Eagle-Tribune, 11/09/07)
“New Hampshire would reap $160 million to $200 million a year if the state taxed annual gambling revenue by 40 percent, Rep. Michael Marsh told a group of more than 50 gambling opponents. That’s a far cry from the $400 million estimate put forth by those pushing to legalize gambling in the state. Marsh, D-Greenland, sits on a subcommittee studying whether to recommend gambling as a new funding source for public education. He said his findings represent his view, and not the committee’s.”

Warning issued about lead in some poker chips (Arizona Daily Sun, 11/09/07)
“Arizona health regulators issued a warning Thursday about a popular brand of high-end poker chips that may contain high levels of lead. The warning about Paulson brand chips — used in many casinos and sold at retail to gamblers — came a day after ABC affiliate KNVX-TV in Phoenix ran a story about its investigation into the potential contamination.”

Group to push for gambling courts in Conn. (Newsday, 11/08/07)
“An advocacy group in Connecticut, home to two of the world’s largest casinos, is pushing for new courts that would provide treatment rather than jail time for chronic gamblers charged with stealing to support their habits. Just as counseling is ordered in prosecutions of drug users, gamblers who commit fraud to keep up with spiraling financial troubles also should be offered a way out of their problems, advocates say.”

media:
State Dep’t of Health issues alert about poker chips (ABC 15, 11/08/07)
“The Arizona Department of Health Services has issued an alert about dangerous lead levels in poker chips following up on this ABC15 Investigation.”

Suffolk DA Raids Illegal Poker Games, Arrest Nine (1010 Wins, 11/08/07)

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