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November 8, 2008 - Thanks to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), New Yorkers can now make horseracing bets from their mobile phones. Sounds ironic, doesn't it? Well, that's because the UIGEA is indeed an ironic piece of work.

If you haven't heard already, the UIGEA is carveout ridden; Carveouts for fantasy football (thanks to lobbyist efforts for the NFL), carveouts for lotteries, and yes, carveouts for horseracing (thanks to more lobbying on behalf of the horseracing industry).

Expectedly, companies working in the gaming sector - especially those with interests in thoroughbred betting - are making motions to capitalize off of these carveouts. One such company is Sona Mobile Holdings, who now stands to capitalize off of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board's decision to approve mobile wagering.

Okay. Lest this blog post turns into one of those boring news articles on the latest Microgaming online casino to stop accepting U.S. players (cough, cough, just trying to secure my sacred position as staff blog writer for Online Casino Suite), first off, it makes me sick to see the State of New York doing anything to promote online gambling under the UIGEA.

Don't get me wrong. I'm all for regulating internet betting, no matter the form. However, the UIGEA doesn't regulate. It simply bans all other forms of online gambling which pose a threat to special interest carveouts written into the legislation.

Secondly, the fact that New York is now capitalizing on these carveouts (after serving as the homebase for several high profile persecutions, i.e. Neteller) makes me even more frustrated. In fact, I'm so riled, I don't want to even tell you about Soma Mobile's new mobile horseracing service. In other words, if you too are against the UIGEA and all it stands for, don't be tempted to settle for betting under carveouts. Rather, stand up and boycott these very same sectors that have found a protectionist haven under the UIGEA.

Originally published: October, 2008 | Categories: Gambling

 

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