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What Does a U.S. Online Gambling Ban Mean to Me and the Industry at Large?

26 July 2010 by Devon Chappell

Alright, it’s time to vent.

What is the UIGEA to me? Thanks for asking. The UIGEA, to me, is just another prime example of what happens when religion and politics mix.

Wait, but I thought there was supposed to be a separation of church and state in America.

Listen folks, if Bill Frist (the politician responsible for getting the UIGEA passed) was ever elected President, I think I will make good on my word to become an expatriate and move to Canada or Europe or the Caribbean – heck, I’ll even give Japan a go.

All these unsubstantiated worries about increased underage and problem gambling aside, online gambling regulation allows for “unparalleled transparency”. And the U.S. government, cough, cough, the UIGEA, actually makes it easier for the black market to thrive by banning online gambling. The same thing happened with prohibition in the twenties.

What about other taboo topics like pornography? It’s legal, is it not? I mean, come on, you’re more likely to get a pornographic spam email than a free bonus offer from an online casino.

It goes to show that money is the real reason why the right wants to ban online gambling. Obviously, it would be way too immoral for the right to profit off pornography, although I’m sure most of them partake. But considering the land-based interests and all the kick-backs – yes, Frist received campaign contributions from Harrah’s – it’s clear as day why the UIGEA was passed under the Bush administration.

Oh, and while Harrah’s was adamantly against online gambling at one point (when Frist pushed to pass the UIGEA), now they are all for it. Looks like they figured there is no stopping online gambling in America. If you can’t beat em’ join ’em, right?

The UIGEA will get overturned…eventually. Let’s just hope the Dem’s have the balls to do it…or rather, that they get desperate enough to get this economy going again.

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