Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/04/07)

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articles:
Arrests made in illegal poker operation (The Reporter Herald, 12/03/07)

Poker business plans to close after owner, two others arrested (The Coloradoan, 12/04/07)

Government deals online gamblers a tough hand (Medill Reports, 12/04/07)

Half of charged poker players fold, others bet on legal outcome (CBC News, 12/03/07)

Everything’s coming up aces (Nanaimo News Bulletin, 12/04/07)

Poker’s Downfall Has Been Almost as Meteoric as its Rise (MajorWager, 12/04/07)

press release:
Voice Your Opinion on the UIGEA Regulations (PocketFives, 12/04/07)

The World Poker Store Inc. and Marcel Luske Host “Hold ’em for the Holidays” Tournament at Washington Location (World Poker Store, 12/04/07)

World Tavern Poker Open in Las Vegas a Huge Success (World Tavern Poker, 12/03/07)

excerpts:

Arrests made in illegal poker operation (The Reporter Herald, 12/03/07)
“Investigators on Thursday broke up an allegedly illegal Texas Hold ‘Em poker operation at Front Range Poker Supply on East Mulberry in Fort Collins. Authorities, who investigated the case for four months, say participants were playing Texas Hold ‘Em on a regular basis and that the house was receiving a percentage of the money, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.”

Poker business plans to close after owner, two others arrested (The Coloradoan, 12/04/07)
“The manager of a Fort Collins poker supply store said he had no idea his business partner was running an illegal gambling operation out of the shop. Greeley resident Dustin Santino, owner of Front Range Poker Supply, 1807 E. Mulberry St., was arrested Thursday on suspicion of running a professional gambling establishment, a misdemeanor, and possessing a weapon by a previous offender, a felony, according to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.”

Government deals online gamblers a tough hand (Medill Reports, 12/04/07)
“Texas Hold’em, 7 card stud and blackjack are just a few of the games available anytime, and anywhere, with the simple click of a mouse. Gambling online is a popular pastime for many young people and the industry has students shelling out hundreds, even thousands of dollars for a big payoff. Danny Steinberg, 19, is a sophomore at American University and he says playing online poker is just another way to have fun.”

Half of charged poker players fold, others bet on legal outcome (CBC News, 12/03/07)
“About half of 57 people charged with gambling offences after raids on three social clubs in Winnipeg earlier this year have opted to accept a deal that would see them take an addictions course in exchange for a stay of their charges. Dozens of people facing charges of being in a common gaming house in connection with the June raids appeared in a Winnipeg court Monday.”

Everything’s coming up aces (Nanaimo News Bulletin, 12/04/07)
“Even when big bucks aren’t on the line, local poker players are happy to go all in. Nanoose Bay’s Laughing Gull Pub has become the first regular stop on the Vancouver Island circuit of the Pirana Poker Tour. The Canada-wide company, with local tournament directors Shirley Foley and Art Newton, is trying to deal in more players at local drinking establishments.”

Poker’s Downfall Has Been Almost as Meteoric as its Rise (MajorWager, 12/04/07)
“The rise in poker’s popularity through the first part of this decade was surprisingly rapid. The World Series of Poker’s main event saw 393 entrants in 1999. By 2006, that number had risen to nearly 9000. While the surge of interest in poker is largely attributed to the invention of the “hole-card camera”, just as important was the increasing popularity of poker among recreational players, fueled by the explosive growth of the online poker industry.”

press release:
Voice Your Opinion on the UIGEA Regulations (PocketFives, 12/04/07)
“When the United States Senate passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act at the 11th hour last fall by unanimous consent, the Congressional body had little knowledge of the issue itself. Attached as a rider to the Safe Port Act, the UIGEA ushered in a climate of turmoil and uncertainty in the online gambling world. With the proposed regulations released in October, the Poker Players Alliance is seeking your input as part of a federally-mandated comment period.”

The World Poker Store Inc. and Marcel Luske Host “Hold ’em for the Holidays” Tournament at Washington Location (World Poker Store, 12/04/07)
“The World Poker Store (PINKSHEETS: WPKS), a Nevada corporation with corporate offices in St. Paul, MN, and International poker pro and World Poker Store Advisory Board member Marcel Luske, “The Flying Dutchman,” present Hold ’em for the Holidays, a Free Texas Hold ’em Tournament Friday, December 7th, at The World Poker Store’s newest retail location in Federal Way, Washington.”

World Tavern Poker Open in Las Vegas a Huge Success (World Tavern Poker, 12/03/07)
“More than 600 World Tavern Poker Players from 25 different states converged on Binion’s Gambling Hall in Las Vegas to take part in the 5th World Tavern Poker Open. Joined by WSOP poker champion Greg Raymer, this event was the largest WTP Open ever. World Tavern Poker is the country’s largest bar poker league and twice each year the company hosts The World Tavern Poker Open which is 5 days of great poker, great parties and great people.

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One response to “Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/04/07)

  1. I’ve read that affiliate gambling sites also receive lawsuits.

    David Orkin

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