Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/13/07)

articles:
Judiciary Hearing on Internet Gambling Wednesday (CardPlayer, 11/12/07)

Antiguan PM asks for Congressional Black Caucus’ help (Carribean Broadcasting Corp., 11/12/07)

Game legality murky, Cribbage players run afoul of state law (Morning Sentinel, 11/13/07)

Local man deals nonprofits a lucky hand (The Review, 11/13/07)

Casinos In Northern Kentucky? (Fox19, 11/09/07)

Lincoln voters reject casino, expanded hours (WPRI, 11/12/07)

Jackson Co. voters oppose gaming (The Clarion-Ledger, 11/07/07)

Level of gambling by youths called alarming (Newsday, 11/12/07)

Man in custody, gunman still sought in poker murder (WABC, 11/13/07)

press release:
Congressional Hearing Set as Support Grows for Regulated Internet Poker (Poker Players Alliance, 11/13/07)

Tribal Poker Network Launches First Cross-Casino Networked Texas Hold ‘Em Game Play (Tribal Poker Network, 11/12/07)

blogs:
Hawaii Poker: Really Legal or Not? (Maui Poker Report, 11/12/07)

excerpts:

Judiciary Hearing on Internet Gambling Wednesday (CardPlayer, 11/12/07)
“A Judiciary Committee searing on Internet gaming titled “Hearing on Establishing Consistent Enforcement Policies in the Context of Online Wagers” will take place at 10 a.m. ET Wednesday in room 2141 of the Rayburn House office building in Washington, D.C. The hearing is open to the public and the Poker Players Alliance encourages any interested members to attend. The PPA helped get poker pro Annie Duke on the docket.”

Antiguan PM asks for Congressional Black Caucus’ help (Carribean Broadcasting Corp., 11/12/07)
“Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer and members of his Cabinet met with a delegation from the US Congressional Black Caucus on Sunday in a move to bolster support for the country’s internet gaming dispute with the US.  The congressional team was headed by Ways and Means committee chairman Charles Rangel. The group included other key committee heads: Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson and Ethics Committee Chairman Stephanie Tubbs Jones. Yvette Clarke, whose constituency in Brooklyn has arguably the highest concentration of West Indians in the country, was also part of the delegation.”

Game legality murky, Cribbage players run afoul of state law (Morning Sentinel, 11/13/07)
“Cribbage players are confused. Lawmakers are confused. And Maine State Police say rules governing games of chance are anything but easy to explain. Two weeks ago, a state inspector shut down cribbage games and tournaments at American Legion Post 4 in Gardiner. The inspector told players their game was illegal because the Legion did not have a license to host games of chance.”

Local man deals nonprofits a lucky hand (The Review, 11/13/07)
“Green felt tables fill the bright yellow room and framed Texas Hold’em posters line the walls, giving The Poker Room a casino-like atmosphere. Located in the Four Seasons Shopping Center on Route 896, the facility is the only legal poker hall in Delaware. Brandon Buglio, owner of The Poker Room, has worked with nonprofit organizations for most of his life. He continues to do so with The Poker Room by renting out the facility exclusively to nonprofit organizations that hold poker nights to raise money.”

Casinos In Northern Kentucky? (Fox19, 11/09/07)
“But when it comes to casinos, not everyone’s willing to bet on it just yet. “It’s premature. Governor-elect Beshear simply stated that he would like to see the issue placed on a ballot for a vote of the people,” said Florence mayor Diane Whalen. Most northern Kentucky residents we spoke with said it can’t get on the ballot soon enough. We only found one person who didn’t care for a racetrack casino. “I would probably stop and gamble. Spend some money that I shouldn’t, but you know, I would do it,” said resident Billie Miller.”

Lincoln voters reject casino, expanded hours (WPRI, 11/12/07)
“Residents of Lincoln say they don’t want 24-hour gambling at Twin River, nor do they want a full-scale casino. The vote was non-binding but is sending a clear message to state officials who envision expanded hours as a way to generate much-needed revenue. Town residents cast ballots on two questions. Sixty-five percent said no to 24-hour gambling at Twin River, formerly Lincoln Park.”

Jackson Co. voters oppose gaming (The Clarion-Ledger, 11/07/07)
“Jackson County said no to casinos for the second time Tuesday when a majority voted against a proposal by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians to build a casino and resort north of Ocean Springs. In a nonbinding referendum included on Tuesday’s ballot for local and state elections, 60.2 percent voted against the proposed $375 million facility the Choctaws want to build on 100 acres of land on Mississippi 57 near the I-10 interchange. The location is currently home to the Choctaw-owned American Printing Co.”

Level of gambling by youths called alarming (Newsday, 11/12/07)
“One in five of the state’s students in grades 7-12 engaged in problem gambling over the previous year or were at risk for those behaviors, a trend called “alarming” by the head of a state agency that deals with addiction. The breakdown included 10 percent who had engaged in problem gambling and another 10 percent who were at risk, according to a 2006 survey of 5,800 students by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services.”

Man in custody, gunman still sought in poker murder (WABC, 11/13/07)
“Police say a career criminal is in custody, while the gunman is still being sought, in the murder at a Midtown Manhattan poker game earlier this month that killed a Wayne man. Authorities say 35-year-old William Delvalle was taken into custody Friday in connection with the fatal shooting inside 251 Fifth Avenue on November 2.”

press release:

Congressional Hearing Set as Support Grows for Regulated Internet Poker (Poker Players Alliance, 11/13/07)
“Tomorrow the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to examine the United States policies as they relate to Internet gaming. Annie Duke, one of the top poker players in the world will testify before the Committee on behalf of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA).”

Tribal Poker Network Launches First Cross-Casino Networked Texas Hold ‘Em Game Play (Tribal Poker Network, 11/12/07)
“At a tribal casino in the Midwest, Kirk Warner stepped into poker history. Kirk, one of millions of US poker players, sat at a Tribal Poker Network touch screen, deposited $20 and participated in the first, live cross-casino network poker tournament. He was joined by five other players, some located at another native-owned casino more than 400 miles away.”

blogs:
Hawaii Poker: Really Legal or Not? (Maui Poker Report, 11/12/07)
“Very often I am asked how we can play poker for money here in Hawaii when we have some of the strictest gambling laws in the country. While gambling is outlawed, especially any game that involves dice, poker comes under part of the law called Social Gambling. I am not sure exactly the history of how this came to be, but Poker is allowed under specific circumstances. Obviously, if you don’t play for money, then these laws don’t involve the game, and you are free to play any game, as long as money does not exchange hands”

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