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There are Those Who Would Stand in the Way of Regulating Online Gambling in USA

2 August 2010 by Devon Chappell

The fight to get online gambling legalized in the United States, or rather, getting the UIGEA online gambling ban overturned (which just so happens to be marked by carve-outs for various forms of internet wagering, such as horse racing), is far from over folks. I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer or anything, but while getting Congressman Barney Frank’s Internet Gaming Regulation Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act (IGREA) marked up for a vote in the Senate is a huge victory, the war – yes, it’s a war – has only just begun.

The fact remains that many U.S. politicians are opposed against regulating online gambling for one reason or another. Well, I suppose the more succinct statement is that many U.S. politicians do not understand the protocols and effectiveness of regulating online gambling. And the sad part is that many of them do not even want to understand. In other words, those politicians who represent constituents who tend to take a negative stance toward gambling, whether it be kitchen poker games or online casino gambling, will simply preach what the choir wants to hear, and ultimately, what will get them into office or reelected.

And what’s that that’s getting preached, you ask? Well, according to Idaho First District Republican candidate, Raul Labrador, it’s that regulated online gambling will “prove disastrous for families across the nation.” Besides impeaching Nancy Pelosi, Labrador believes (like a good dog), that children and adults with addictive personalities will be just “one click away from throwing thousands of dollars away.”

And while it’s more like several clicks and several faxes (just to prove identity) away from wasting your money gambling at online casinos, (see, I’m not actually refuting that you could indeed throw thousands of dollars away), Labrador and others from his camp (guess which one), refuse to see that actually regulating something will make it harder for illegal activity to take place, i.e., prohibition in the twenties.

Just like you could very well walk away a winner or a loser at a Las Vegas casino, online casinos play by the odds, which yes, are mostly in the favor of the casino. However, you might be surprised to find that the best online casinos actually offer better odds than their land-based counterparts. Just take a look at the monthly payout percentage reports to see for yourself. And if you really need to see a tangible example of online gambling actively and effectively being regulated, just look at Mother England, where the latest UK Gambling Prevalence Study still shows no increase in problem and underage gambling since online casinos were legalized in 2005.

Really folks, it’s important to know who those politicians who adamantly stand in opposition to regulating online gambling are. If you happen to reside in the district they either represent or hope to represent in an upcoming election, do your part to ensure they can’t cast a biased and uninformed vote against online gambling regulation. In the potato State, Idaho, the name is Raul Labrador. Don’t vote for him. Instead, cast your vote for Walt Minnick, who was one of the seventy co-sponsors of the IGREA.

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