Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/19/07)

articles:
Blumenauer makes 41 for IGREA (PokerListings, 11/17/07)

Lawmakers press USTR for new tack in gambling case (UK Guardian, 11/19/07)

LR Police Raid Poker Club For Illegal Gambling (THV, 11/18/07)

Poker tournament fundraiser raises questions (KWGN-TV, 11/17/07)

Playing 50/50? You’re gambling with the law (St. Petersburg Times, 11/19/07)

Growing or declining? (Tahoe Daily Tribune, 11/15/07)

The world has moved to Texas … hold ’em (ESPN, 11/16/07)

House approves slots plan by one vote (Baltimore Sun, 11/16/07)

Kansas putting on its poker face (The Lawrence Journal-World, 11/18/07)

Opinion: Crackdown on skilled games shows government hypocrisy (Times Recorder, 11/19/07)

Opinion: No. 1 rule: House always wins (The Journal Gazette, 11/16/07)

Opinion: Figuring the Ultimate Odds (New York Times, 11/17/07)


media:
Jeffrey Sandman Discusses Online Gambling and Poker Legislation (Holdem Radio, 11/14/07)

excerpts:

Blumenauer makes 41 for IGREA (PokerListings, 11/17/07)
“The House Judiciary Committee hearing about online gambling may have swayed at least one congressman in favor of legalizing the industry. On Thursday, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) signed on as a co-sponsor of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act. The IGREA was introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in April and seeks to legalize, license and regulate online gambling in the United States.”

Lawmakers press USTR for new tack in gambling case (UK Guardian, 11/19/07)
“The Bush administration should explore legislation to roll back a U.S. ban on Internet gambling instead of paying compensation to the European Union and other trading partners, the chairmen of two House of Representatives committees said on Monday. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and six other lawmakers criticized the Bush administration’s handling of the issue in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab.”

LR Police Raid Poker Club For Illegal Gambling (THV, 11/18/07)
“Just before 9:00 pm Sunday night undercover Little Rock Police officers raided a poker club. Five people have been arrested. Police tell us they served a search warrant and are right now in the process of confiscating the tables and other equipment used at the NPC poker room on Reservoir Road.”

Poker tournament fundraiser raises questions (KWGN-TV, 11/17/07)
“There is controversy over a poker tournament in Lakewood Saturday. Organizers say the poker tournament is for charity, but the Colorado Bureau of Investigation says don’t bet your last dollar. At first appearances, it looks like an ordinary poker game at the bar, complete with beers and finger food. But for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the event is raising red flags.”

Playing 50/50? You’re gambling with the law (St. Petersburg Times, 11/19/07)
“Pasco Sheriff’s Lt. Robert Sullivan sees offenders everywhere. Poker tournament to raise money for Alzheimer’s support centers. Casino night to help a civic group. Church holding 50/50 raffle. The county’s longtime vice cop has a reliable intelligence network for finding illegal gambling operations: newspaper ads. “There’s not even an attempt to mask it,” Sullivan said last week during a Gambling 101 session of sorts with local media outlets.”

Running Aces fast from the gate at FL Chamber meeting (Forest Lake Times, 11/14/07)
“Halpern said the card room will be essential to the success of the track operation. By 2009, with the card room in full operation, he said it should enable the track to offer racing purses to $60,000 a day, a point that will draw more harness racers to Running Aces. “The combination should work very well for us,” he said. With no harness racing available closer than Iowa and the occasional county fair races, Halpern predicted Running Aces will become a destination.”

Growing or declining? (Tahoe Daily Tribune, 11/15/07)
“Four years ago, poker was set to take over the world. At any time of the day, it seemed, poker was on television, highlighted by the Travel Channel’s World Poker Tour and ESPN’s World Series of Poker. There were poker video games and poker books on bestseller lists. Johnny Chan, Chris “Jesus” Ferguson and Doyle Brunson, poker players cut from the same cloth as legends such as Stu Ungar and Johnny Moss, became overnight celebrities. Poker’s showcase event reflected this trend.”

The world has moved to Texas … hold ’em (ESPN, 11/16/07)
“In the otherwise outstanding remake of “Casino Royale,” there’s one howler of a poker scene. James Bond is playing high-stakes Texas hold ’em — no more baccarat, not in the 21st century — and picks up a tell that the “Evil French Genius” is all but broadcasting in neon lights. Bond pushes all-in. The” Evil French Genius” reveals that he was faking the tell, and in the theaters, an entire nation of poker players salivates. James Bond is a donk at Texas hold ’em.”

House approves slots plan by one vote (Baltimore Sun, 11/16/07)
“Under O’Malley’s plan, voters would decide whether to allow 15,000 slot machines at five locations — in Baltimore City and in Anne Arundel, Allegany, Cecil and Worcester counties. The Senate would allow gambling to be expanded to other sites or to include table games only through a three-fifths vote of the legislature, while the House would allow that to happen only if a majority of the chambers vote on a referendum approved by voters. Also, the House bill stipulates that slot parlors must comply with local planning and zoning laws, a provision that could give local officials more say over facilities in their jurisdictions.”

Kansas putting on its poker face (The Lawrence Journal-World, 11/18/07)
“Long before the first card is dealt, Kansas regulators have come up with a way for problem gamblers to keep away from temptation. With a law allowing state-owned casinos and slot machines at racetracks taking effect this year, the Kansas Racing and Gaming Commission decided to create a self-exclusion list. A person can voluntarily sign it to be banned from Kansas casinos and tracks with slot machines for at least two years.”

Opinion: Crackdown on skilled games shows government hypocrisy (Times Recorder, 11/19/07)
“It is truly impressive how the local and state government officials pulled together with fierce tenacity to conquer the evil skilled gaming machines and the pollution they are wrecking on our moral fiber. How about working like that to solve real issues facing working Ohioans like affordable or free health care, affordable childcare, energy independence and economic growth. It amazes me how people can pull together to defeat something so trivial and hypocritical as skilled gaming machines, but do very little to help in the lives of everyday working Ohioans.”

Opinion: No. 1 rule: House always wins (The Journal Gazette, 11/16/07)
“So, to me, the trick is to treat gambling as a form of entertainment. Decide how much to spend ahead of time and don’t spend any more – don’t hit the ATM for one more roll of the dice or one more spin of the wheel or one more shot at the slots. Most of us don’t become true gambling addicts. Only about 1 ½ percent of the population become addicted to gambling the way alcoholics become addicted to drinking, said Brent Stachler, gambling addiction treatment coordinator at Park Center.”

Opinion: Figuring the Ultimate Odds (New York Times, 11/17/07)
“The recreational gambler dubbed Old Man was at an adjoining poker table when three masked men broke in from Fifth Avenue, bagged $100,000 and — in what looked like a grotesque accident — shot an innocent player to death. “One of these crazies dropped his shotgun and, boom!” said Old Man. He was still shaken days later as the police sought the thieves who got the drop on private guards and fleeced 150 players in one of the many illegal poker dens that usually operate in quietude at night across the city’s high-rise skyline.”

media:
Jeffrey Sandman Discusses Online Gambling and Poker Legislation (Holdem Radio, 11/14/07)

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