22 T. M. Cooley L. Rev. 443 (2005)
Poker: Public Policy, Law, Mathematics, and the Future of an American Tradition

handle is hein.journals/tmclr22 and id is 451 raw text is: POKER: PUBLIC POLICY, LAW, MATHEMATICS,
AND THE FUTURE OF AN AMERICAN TRADITION
BY: ANTHONY CABOT1 AND ROBERT HANNUM2
I. INTRODUCTION
Gambling, in its many different forms, has seen a proliferation
across the United States of unprecedented proportions.3 Despite its
growing popularity, gambling is still a controversial activity that
sparks emotional debates in elections and legislative battles.4 While
ostensibly most debate centers around amoral pragmatic issues, such
as problem and underage gambling, the rhetoric is often reduced to
hyperboles, such as referring to any type of gambling as the crack
cocaine of gambling.5 In theory, a pragmatic approach to gambling,
1. Anthony Cabot is a partner in the law firm of Lewis and Roca. His practice
emphasis is on gaming law. He is the President and a founding member of the
International Masters of Gaming Law Association, a worldwide organization of
prominent gaming attorneys devoted to the ongoing education    of and
communications within the gaming industry. Mr. Cabot is the coEditor-in-Chief of
the Gaming Law Review. He is the founding editor of The Internet Gambling
Report, which covers the evolving conflict between technology and the law. Mr.
Cabot authored Federal Gambling Law and Casino Gaming: Public Policy,
Economics and Regulation, a 527-page book covering all aspects of casino gaming.
He coauthored Practical Casino Math, and is coeditor and contributing author of
International Casino Law. Mr. Cabot is listed in Best Lawyers in America. See
Lewis & Roca, Anthony Cabot, http://www.lrlaw.com/professionalbio.asp?Professional
ID=5275 (last visited Mar. 29, 2006).
2. Robert Hannum is a professor at the University of Denver where he teaches
probability and statistics, with particular interests in the mathematics of gambling,
the business of commercial gaming, and data mining. He coauthored Practical
Casino Math and Introductory Statistics: A Self-Study Manual, as well as
numerous articles in statistical, gaming, and law journals, including Annals of
Probability, Annals of Statistics, Sociological Methods and Research, International
Gambling Studies, Quantity and Quality in Economic Research, Finding the Edg-
Mathematical Analysis of Casino Games, and Global Gaming Business. See
University of Denver, Robert Hannum, http://www.du.edu/-rhannum/ (last visited
Mar. 29, 2006).
3. National Gambling  Impact Study  Commission, 2  (June  18, 1999),
http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/ngisc/reports/exsum_1 -7.pdf.
4. See, e.g., Prudent Preparation for Casino, Times-Mail Online, Nov. 15, 2005,
http://www.tmnews.com/articles/2005/11/15/sections/opinion/opinion21.txt; Sharon  Lee,
Baltimore  Wage    Cops   for   Slots  Campaign,   Nov.   10,   2005,
http://wjz.com/local/localstory_314005600.html.
5. See Bill Novak, Foe Calls Casinos Crack Cocaine of Gambling, THE CAPITAL
TIMES, Jan. 6, 2004, at IA, available at http://www.madison.com/archives/read.php?ref-
tct:2004:01:06: 293948:FRONT.

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