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DC Online Gaming Bill May Not Launch as Early as Planned

30 June 2011 by admin

More and more details about the Washington DC online gambling bill are coming to light. A hearing was held yesterday to allow the public to vet about the bill, which some are trying to cast in a shady light, saying that council member Michael A. Brown snuck it into December’s supplemental budget on the sly and unbeknownst to his fellow council members. Brown has defended both himself and the bill, saying that council members were aware of the bill’s presence in the budget before they voted on it. And to date no council member has said otherwise.

However outside the DC council there does not seem to be many who knew of the bill until it passed into to law this past spring. To assuage worries and to allow the public to vet the bill a hearing with the DC council’s finance committee happened yesterday.

Prior to the hearing, concern seemed based on Brown’s actions. Now post-hearing and with knowledge that the other council members were aware of the online gambling bill’s presence, focus has shifted to the speed with which the DC Lottery is implementing the bill and about the “hot spots.”

DC residents are concerned that with the rollout of the online gambling bill their neighborhoods will shift. Those who attended the hearing voiced concerns that they had not had the opportunity to tell the council that they did not want hot spots in their neighborhoods.

Also of concern is the infrastructure of the I-Gaming system itself, and the DC Lottery was on its toes with responses to questions. The infrastructure for the implementation of the online gambling bill requires that each player’s age be verified to ensure that they are at least nineteen years of age or older. The IP address of those logging in from outside the “hot spots” must also be verified as being within the DC city limits. Concerns over problem gambling were also addressed; players can only deposit a maximum of $250 each week and may only make deposits using debit cards or by linking their bank accounts. In other words, no credit cards. DC’s online gambling bill will also require that the I-Gaming system include self-exclusion lists to allow players to keep themselves from playing.

It certainly sounds like the DC Lottery is all set to move forward, and there was nothing in the hearing that will definitely delay the launch of the play for fun games. But we here at will keep you posted on the happenings in DC with their online gambling bill. With concerns about “hot spots,” the launch of real money gambling may be delayed but there is no official word as of yet that a delay will happen; it is only a possibility.

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