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July 2, 2008 - Oftentimes, the argument that opponents of online gambling give is that online gambling breeds criminal activity and gambling addictions. However, when much of this heavy-handed, argumentative steam is coming from the likes of land-based casino operators and gambling unions, it begs the question, "Are you really concerned about societal issues, or, is this more about the money in your pockets?".

Case in point are the comments made by international gambling union delegates at the UNI Global union meeting in Switzerland this last week. UNI is the global union for skills and services, including the casino gambling industry, and has membership of over 15 million people in 900 unions. In other words, they are the union for unions.

Taking into account that UNI Gaming is now the fastest growing chapter of UNI Global, union delegate representatives have been making motions to ensure this continues to be the case. One of their foremost topics of concern has been online gambling, which quite frankly, is stealing customers away from brick 'n mortar casinos. However, instead of finding ways to adapt and change - no doubt tapping into the booming online industry - union delegates are talking about ways to tackle online gambling.

Me personally, I really can't understand the mentality of this. Delegates for UNI Gaming have been discussing ways in which to ensure land-based jobs will not be undermined by the online gambling industry. Well you know what? That's the internet for you, and it can't be stopped. How do you think Blockbuster felt when Netflix came about? Sure, Blockbuster lost a bunch of revenue. However, Blockbuster had the funds to develop their own internet-based business. If they were smart, they would have acted immediately to adopt the Netflix business model.

Likewise, all you gambling unions should do the same. Instead of trying to tackle online gambling, why not support regulation? Take a look at the UK model, where both online casinos and land-based casinos are being regulated and doing quite well for themselves I might add.

Originally published: June, 2008 | Categories: Gambling

 

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