Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/03/07)

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articles:
4 arrested in raid on illegal poker den (The Record, 12/01/07)

Online Gaming and Poker Politics Part 3 (Poker Player Newspaper, 12/02/07)

Gambling had role in religious history (Boston Globe, 12/01/07)

Poker – TV’s Newest Gamble (The Ledger, 12/02/07)

Why No Poker on Airplanes when Cruise Ships are OK? (PokerPages, 12/03/07)

Bar poker leagues good to exercise poker skills (PokerListings, 12/01/07)

Hoboken Poker Club holds event for Toys for Tots (Weehawken Reporter, 12/02/07)

Poker Playing Professor Says Stay in School (CardPlayer, 11/30/07)

How to Avoid Poker Raids on Your Friendly Poker Games (CasinoGamblingWeb, 12/01/07)

Poker Players Alliance And Its Pro-Poker Preaching (WinnerOnline, 11/30/07)

Poker booming in Wales (icWales, 12/02/07)

Poker in the Pub Popularity Rises (UK PokerNews, 12/03/07)

Quebec Fines Online Site; More Headaches for Kahnawake Mohawks (PokerNews, 12/01/07)

media:
Texas Close’em: Cops Raid Poker Games (ReasonTV, 12/03/07)

blog:
Strident Anti-Online Gaming Congressman Bob Goodlatte Takes $40,000 in Contributions From Horseracing Industry (Lou Krieger, 12/03/07)

excerpts:
4 arrested in raid on illegal poker den (The Record, 12/01/07)
“A raid of an illegal poker den early Friday resulted in the arrest of four people for gambling and drug offenses, authorities said. The 12:15 a.m. raid at 18 Berkshire Place came after neighbors complained to the Englewood Cliffs police about suspicious activity at that address, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said.”

Online Gaming and Poker Politics Part 3 (Poker Player Newspaper, 12/02/07)
“The push to legalize online gaming took center stage in Washington back on November 14th as the House Judiciary Committee convened a hearing entitled “Establishing Consistent Enforcement Policies in the Context of Online Wagers.” Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) invited both proponents and opponents of online gambling to give testimony, and among the panelists was Tom McClusky, who is the Vice-President of Government Affairs for the Family Research Council.”
Gambling had role in religious history (Boston Globe, 12/01/07)
“With Hanukkah beginning Tuesday night, Jews can look forward to the annual rituals of menorah-lighting, blessings, gift-giving – and gambling. In some Jewish homes, not only do children risk a stash of chocolate or goodies spinning the dreidel, but their parents play kvitlech, similar to blackjack. According to Dwayne Carpenter, Boston College scholar and a man who enjoys an occasional hand of blackjack and poker, Hanukkah card-playing was a traditional cover for Torah study, which had been outlawed for Jews by a Syrian-Greek king in the second century BCE.”

Poker – TV’s Newest Gamble (The Ledger, 12/02/07)
“Is there anything less telegenic than six guys in sunglasses sitting around a card table, expressionless and emotionless – literally, poker-faced? Doubtful. So why is poker all over TV these days? Flipping around the cable dial (as more and more viewers are doing during the writers strike) it’s impossible to avoid high-stakes Texas hold-’em games and commentary laden with seemingly arcane poker jargon. “The Flop,” “The Turn” and “The River” (referring to the game’s five “up” cards) are the most commonly heard terms, but they’re far from the only ones.”

Why No Poker on Airplanes when Cruise Ships are OK? (PokerPages, 12/03/07)
“Professor I Nelson Rose examines the inconsistent way that the United States legislates where poker and other casino games can or cannot be played on cruise ships and airplanes entering and departing from the USA in an article he distributes under the title: “Casinos on Cruse Ships, Why Not On Airplanes?” shown here in its entirety”

Bar poker leagues good to exercise poker skills (PokerListings, 12/01/07)
“For players who can’t make it to the major centers of poker in the United States, there are few options. You can play with friends in home games but, after some time, those can become predictable – you get too familiar with your opponents’ playing styles. One avenue that many are embracing, not only in the United States but around the world, is the multitude of free bar poker leagues that have sprung up.”

Hoboken Poker Club holds event for Toys for Tots (Weehawken Reporter, 12/02/07)
“In fact, Hanti mostly plays poker for fun. He plays regularly in a league that is called the New Jersey Free Poker League that plays at different sites throughout northern New Jersey, like Willie McBride’s in Hoboken and the Park Avenue Bar and Grill in Union City. “It’s basically bar poker,” Hanti said. “It’s a lot like the way people play darts in bars,” said Hoboken resident Chris Van Cleve, a fellow member of the New Jersey Free Poker League.”

Poker Playing Professor Says Stay in School (CardPlayer, 11/30/07)
“This summer, Steven Garfinkle’s e-mail inbox was flooded with congratulatory messages from students and colleagues, with many of the students asking if it would be all right if they stopped by his office to talk about the World Series of Poker. Garfinkle, an associate professor of history at Western Washington University in Washington State, just missed this year’s WSOP main event final table by one player, but his 10th-place finish was enough to get him on the front page of the local newspaper — twice — as well as in the school’s newspaper.Steven Garfinkle”

How to Avoid Poker Raids on Your Friendly Poker Games (CasinoGamblingWeb, 12/01/07)
“There appears to be a rise in gambling busts over the past few months in the United States with the latest coming in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Poker games are the latest target of law enforcement officials as they raided a gambling den where high stakes Texas Hold-em was being played from 10 pm until dawn, six days a week.”

Poker Players Alliance And Its Pro-Poker Preaching (WinnerOnline, 11/30/07)
“Online gambling seems to be in a state of flux in the United States with both pro and anti-online gambling advocates trying to sell their points of view. A report in the UK’s Telegraph in early October stated that the U.S. Treasury, the Federal Reserve and the Department of Justice were working together to push the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act through.”

Poker booming in Wales (icWales, 12/02/07)
“Welsh card sharps are trumping their British rivals when it comes to poker. New research has revealed that more adults are playing the game in this country than anywhere else. Market researchers Mintel say that 31 per cent of the Welsh people who took part in their survey said they had played the game at least once this year.”

Poker in the Pub Popularity Rises (UK PokerNews, 12/03/07)
“When the 2005 Gambling Act came in earlier this year, one of the surprise ramifications of the new laws was the rise and rise of pub poker. Now it is perfectly acceptable to play poker in pubs for small stakes and the popularity of ‘poker for points’ leagues have been outstanding. It seems all the major pub chains have their hand in this little niche market and there are some big prizes at the end of some of these leagues.”

Quebec Fines Online Site; More Headaches for Kahnawake Mohawks (PokerNews, 12/01/07)
“CBC News reported this week that Cyber World Group, parent of GoldenPalace.com, has pled guilty to two charges of illegal gambling and has been levied a $2 million fine by the Quebec provincial government. While unfortunate for Cyber World Group, the case signals what may be the long awaited jurisdictional showdown between the provincial government and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.”

media:
Texas Close’em: Cops Raid Poker Games (ReasonTV, 12/03/07)

“In his latest video for Reason.tv, Drew Carey goes all in to report how Dallas cops carried out a paramilitary-style raid on a poker game at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1837, which has now been forced to close its doors.”

blog:
Strident Anti-Online Gaming Congressman Bob Goodlatte Takes $40,000 in Contributions From Horseracing Industry (Lou Krieger, 12/03/07)
“Congressman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia (pictured right), one of the online gambling’s most strident detractors, is—according to an article on Gambling Web—the recipient of $40,000 in contributions from the horse racing industry.”

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