Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/21/07)

article:
Mandelson: US needs to change gambling laws (Reuters, 11/20/07)

The Addict’s Veto (Reason Magazine, 11/21/07)

Frank calls out governor for his ‘contradictory’ Massachusetts casino bill (Casino City Times, 11/21/07)

media:
Internet Gaming And Political Push-Polling (Hearing Right Radio, 11/19/07)

Poker is Good for You, Professor Says (The Bryant Park Project, 11/16/07)

John Pappas talks with Lou Krieger & Amy Calistri (Keep Flopping Aces, 11/15/07)

blog:
Will Play Poker For Charity (Michele Lewis, 11/20/07)

excerpts:

Mandelson: US needs to change gambling laws (Reuters, 11/20/07)
“European trade chief Peter Mandelson said the United States should let foreign companies into its multibillion-dollar online gaming market instead of trying to compensate European firms for shutting them out. “The U.S. has so far opted for compensation to make right what is wrong. I don’t think compensation does that job,” he told members of the European Parliament on Tuesday.”

The Addict’s Veto (Reason Magazine, 11/21/07)
“While Annie Duke recognizes that most Americans who play poker do it for fun, not for a living, Pastor Hogan tends to overgeneralize from his son’s equally extreme experience with the game, which involved losing hundreds of dollars a day while playing 12 hours at a time. Hogan demands an addict’s veto over Internet gambling: Because his son robbed a bank, he thinks, no one should be allowed to play poker online.”

Frank calls out governor for his ‘contradictory’ Massachusetts casino bill (Casino City Times, 11/21/07)
It’s buried in the final pages of a lengthy document and totals just four paragraphs, but the section of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s casino bill that calls for a ban on any form of wagering over the Internet has predictably drawn the ire of online gambling proponents. “It’s inconsistent and contradictory,” Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass, told Casino City earlier this week. “I’m surprised the governor would do this. I think it’s a great mistake.”

media:
Internet Gaming And Political Push-Polling (Hearing Right Radio, 11/19/07)
“Former radio talk show host Jay Lakin joins us to talk about new legislation in Congress to limit Internet gaming. Lakin now owns a gambling business based in Costa Rica.”

Poker is Good for You, Professor Says (The Bryant Park Project, 11/16/07)
“A Harvard law professor contends that poker is as much of a game of skill as is of luck”

John Pappas talks with Lou Krieger & Amy Calistri (Keep Flopping Aces, 11/15/07)

blog:
Will Play Poker For Charity (Michele Lewis, 11/20/07)
“Texas, we have a problem.  Playing poker in Texas is legal if it’s private, there is not a rake and alcohol isn’t being served which can create a gray area for charity events.  Many of you know last spring we went before the house on HB 3186 to try and legalize poker here.  The bill was on a roll as it passed the committee and went on to the House of Representatives.”

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