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Online Casino News - August, 2008

Poll Shows Support for Online Gambling Legalization in U.S.



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by Devon Chappell, News Staff Writer

August 17, 2008

For those of us who are on the up-and-up when it comes to online gambling technology and regulation within the international playing field, we know that cheating scandals and proper regulation do not mix. But what about the cheating scandals at Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet you ask? Well, that's online poker - and that's another story. Besides, here at Online Casino Suite, we've never once recommended any player to place wagers at these establishments.

If you want to play online poker, go to Poker Stars (That's not bias...it's just a safe bet - read our Poker Stars review). And if you want to read reviews on trustworthy, regulated online casinos, visit our Online Casino Reviews or Best Online Casinos page.

I am bringing this topic up because there was a recent poll published on the website of renowned Las Vegas expert, Andrew Curtis. LasVegasAdvisor.com is the name of Curtis' popular website, and this particular poll posed the question of whether or not online gambling should be legalized in the U.S. Of particular interest was the fact that Curtis allowed pollsters to clarify their responses to a certain extent, rather than simply giving them the option of saying yes or no.

Once again showing that Americans consider it their right to wager at online casinos, the poll showed that out of 5,000 ballots, 68% favored the legalization and regulation of online gambling. Of those who were not in favor of legalization, responses reflected that of hardnosed gambling opponents who insist that legalized gambling encourages minors to bet and fosters gambling addictions. Approximately 15% of those who voted were in this mindset, while another 17% said they did not support legalization because they thought the industry cannot be trusted and regulated.

This brings me back to my original point about uneducated masses. If we take a close look at the legalized UK internet betting sector, we have a perfect model for regulation. There have been no cheating scandals to date at UK licensed online casinos and betting sites, not to mention the fact that all sites are strictly monitored, audited and held to responsible gaming practices. The recent poker scandals were at Kahnawake licensed poker rooms - apparently not a good regulator of poker rooms. However, if the U.S. were to adopt the same standards in the UK, cheating and underage/addictive gambling would be kept in check.

As indicated by the 18% of pollsters who said they would like to see online gambling legalized and have not stopped betting since the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), U.S. citizens are going to continue gambling whether the powers that be like it or not. Also interesting about this poll was the 27% who do not gamble online themselves but still voted yes in favor of legalization for they saw it as a persons right to choose. The remainder 23% of voters said they do not currently play online but would do so if regulation was embraced in the U.S.



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