Headlines: Poker, Law, and Politics (12/05/07)

articles:
IGREA Co-Sponsors Grow To 44 : Online Gambling Regs Coming Soon? (CasinoGamblingWeb.com, 12/05/07)

Nashua looks to restrict gaming (Nashua Telegraph, 12/05/07)

Pennsylvania lawyer poker case: update (PartTimePoker, 12/04/07)

Poker Star David Chip Reese Dies at 56 (Associated Press, 12/05/07)

I-Gambling Declining among Young Adults in US – Is UIGEA Working? (Interactive Gaming News, 12/05/07)

Internet Gambling Regulations Supported by Religious Group (CasinoGamblingWeb, 12/05/07)

California Poker Petition Fails (CardPlayer, 12/05/07)

House passes gambling bill (Saipan Tribune, 12/05/07)

excerpts:

IGREA Co-Sponsors Grow To 44 : Online Gambling Regs Coming Soon? (CasinoGamblingWeb.com, 12/05/07)
“Congressmen from New Jersey, Washington, and Connecticut on Tuesday joined 41 other co-sponsors of the IGREA, the Bill designed to legalize and regulate Internet gambling, officially overturning the UIGEA, which is a Bill that unsuccessfully attempted to ban online gambling.”

Nashua looks to restrict gaming (Nashua Telegraph, 12/05/07)
“The intent of the amendment would be to restrict gambling to a “permitted accessory use but not a primary use,” said McCarthy, who chairs the planning and economic development committee. That means gambling would be allowed in hotels, for example, as an “accessory activity,” but a hall with charitable poker as its main activity wouldn’t be allowed, McCarthy said. Some clubs in the city now sponsor charitable poker tournaments as such an “accessory” activity.”

Pennsylvania lawyer poker case: update (PartTimePoker, 12/04/07)
“Pennsylvania attorney Lawrence Burns responded to Part Time Poker’s request for information about the preliminary hearing in his “luck vs skill” poker case scheduled for November 28: I waived my right to a preliminary hearing but preserved my right to file pre-trial motions in the defense of my case. My formal arraignment will be on January 25. 2008 with pre-trial motions to be filed within 30 days of that date if all discovery has been obtained.”

Poker Star David Chip Reese Dies at 56 (Associated Press, 12/05/07)
“David “Chip” Reese, whose plans for a Stanford University business school degree were sidetracked by his success at high-stakes poker in Las Vegas, died in his sleep. He was 56. Reese was found by his son early Tuesday at his Las Vegas home after suffering from symptoms of pneumonia, said poker great Doyle Brunson, his longtime friend.”

I-Gambling Declining among Young Adults in US – Is UIGEA Working? (Interactive Gaming News, 12/05/07)
“Some politicians and Internet gambling opponents argue that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) has reduced online gambling among college-aged youth, but others beg to differ. During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Internet gambling earlier this month, witnesses–committee members among them–referred to an Annenberg Public Policy Center study suggesting that the UIGEA has done what it has set out to do: Eliminate the bad element from U.S. shores and protect the youth of America from immoral and addictive behaviors.”

Internet Gambling Regulations Supported by Religious Group (CasinoGamblingWeb, 12/05/07)
“In the most recent article about Internet gambling by religious group CitizenLink.com, the group’s so-called expert gaming analyst, Chad Hills, admits that the online gambling industry is ‘out of control’ and that the industry is need of ‘clear policies or effective oversight’. Chad Hills, the infamous religious crusader who wishes to eliminate freedom of choice in America, has in effect admitted that the UIGEA, the Bill he praised so highly when it passed, has been ineffective and has not had the ability to ‘control’ the industry the way he wishes that it would.”

California Poker Petition Fails (CardPlayer, 12/05/07)
“The deadline for citizens of California to submit petitions that would place their propositions on a ballot has come and gone, and that means residents there will not get to vote on whether the state should or should not establish an online poker room. Tony Sandstrom announced that he intended to collect 430,000 signatures in order to have a referendum placed on next year’s ballot that, if approved, would force the state of California to create and operate an online poker room.”

House passes gambling bill (Saipan Tribune, 12/05/07)
“The House of Representatives passed yesterday a bill to legalize certain forms of gambling on Saipan. Except for Tinian Rep. Edwin Aldan, all of the House members present voted in favor of House Bill 15-322. The bill now goes to the Senate for action. The Lower House approved the bill with one amendment offered by Rep. Ramon A. Tebuteb, who had voted against the bill on first reading Tuesday. The bill now includes provision requiring a portion of the gaming fees to fund the senior food meal nutrition program. If enacted, the bill would legalize Texas Hold’em poker games in conjunction with black jack and baccarat games. It would also allow the operation of slot machines.”

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