Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/26/07)

articles:
Some Poker Games Legal, Some Not, Authorities Say (The Morning News, 11/24/07)


UNLV is studying online gambling to inform Nevada lawmakers (Las Vegas Sun, 11/23/07)

Washington State Online Poker Legal Update (CardPlayer, 11/26/07)

Gaming’s new frontier (Las Vegas Sun, 11/23/07)

Walking the regulatory tightrope of online skill gaming (Sport and Technology, 11/2007)

My Bad: No Withholding Taxes on Tourneys (Poker Player Newspaper, 11/25/07)

Charities push for vote on bingo bill (Intelligencer Journal, 11/26/07)

Norway moves to ban online poker (PokerListings, 11/22/07)

excerpts:

Some Poker Games Legal, Some Not, Authorities Say (The Morning News, 11/24/07)
“A few months ago, Christy Martin started letting the Ultimate Poker League hold poker nights at her club, the Ice House of Bentonville. The club does not charge people to play, but Martin said poker has been a moneymaker for her business in other ways. When players are away from the poker table, “they’ll play pool, they’ll eat food,” Martin said. “It brings people in.”

UNLV is studying online gambling to inform Nevada lawmakers (Las Vegas Sun, 11/23/07)
“The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is trying to quantify how many Nevadans gamble online and measure gamblers’ attitudes toward legalizing Internet gambling, regulators said. The study, commissioned by the state Gaming Control Board, is expected to be released within weeks and is intended to inform lawmakers about the pros and cons of regulating a business that the U.S. government has declared to be mostly illegal.”

Washington State Online Poker Legal Update (CardPlayer, 11/26/07)
“No state in the nation has a more severe penalty for playing online poker than Washington, which, in early 2006, passed a law that made playing online poker a class C felony there. Washington is one of seven states where state legislators have outlawed online poker. Washington State Attorney Lee Rousso has taken it upon himself to overturn the ill-conceived law, but he has recently run into some typical stall tactics by the state to keep his lawsuit from going to trial.”

Gaming’s new frontier (Las Vegas Sun, 11/23/07)
“As gambling profits spur an unprecedented multibillion-dollar building boom on the Strip, untold ranks of professional poker players, sports bettors and recreational gamblers continue to pour money into a shadow industry based offshore but with a de facto home in Las Vegas. And while a seemingly endless debate rages on in Congress over whether to legalize Internet gambling nationwide, some gaming interests are pursuing a different tack by appealing to Nevada regulators with the power to allow and oversee online betting for Nevada residents within the state’s borders. Federal law allows such online gambling.”

Walking the regulatory tightrope of online skill gaming (Sport and Technology, 11/2007)
“The distinction is not always easy. By way of example, certain jurisdictions permit wagering on an event (i.e. staking money with the promise of a greater return if the participant is successful; essentially a bet) in which the skill of the wagering participant determines the outcome. Conversely, other jurisdictions prohibit wagering on such an event, but permit an entrance fee to be charged, and a prize to be awarded to the winner. The distinction between this and wagering is almost impossible to determine.”

My Bad: No Withholding Taxes on Tourneys (Poker Player Newspaper, 11/25/07)
“A few weeks ago I wrote a column entitled Poker Tournaments and Taxes. In it, I discussed the declaration by the IRS that card rooms will have to report anyone who wins more than $5,000 in a poker tournament. That is true. But I also wrote that the IRS is requiring that 25 percent or more of these winners’ prizes have to be withheld by the poker room and forwarded to the IRS. That is only partially true.”

Charities push for vote on bingo bill (Intelligencer Journal, 11/26/07)
“State Rep. Gordon Denlinger, a Narvon Republican, said although the games can benefit charities, fire companies and veterans’ organizations, that’s not enough to redeem them in many Lancaster Republicans’ eyes. “Small games of chance … are a form of gambling and the Lancaster County members pretty much across the board take opportunities to register our opposition to gambling at any opportunity,” Denlinger said. “Involvement in bingo and other similar activities is still viewed as not entirely proper by a lot of residents across our county.”

Norway moves to ban online poker (PokerListings, 11/22/07)
“While the United States seems to be getting closer to dumping the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, Norway is getting close to passing a ban of its own. The Norwegian Minister for Culture & Church Affairs, Tronde Giske, has introduced a piece of proposed legislation that would bar financial institutions from processing transactions to and from online gambling operators next year. That effectively makes it impossible for offshore online gaming organizations to do business in the market.”

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9 responses to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (11/26/07)

  1. I work at a nightclub in Reno and I wanted to start a free poker tournament to bring people through the door. If the club gives away a steak dinner (or something to that affect) to the winner would that be illegal?

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