Support to Stop Online
Gambling Ban Stronger Than Ever
by Edward Rogers, News Staff Writer
July 13, 2008
stronger criticism of the Unlawful Internet Gambling
Enforcement Act (UIGEA) of late, there has been some
sentiment that stopping the legislation dead in its
tracks would be a possible and most feasible solution to
all of the difficulties facing the implementation stage
of the UIGEA. And that is precisely what Congressmen
Barney Frank and Ron Paul's bipartisan attempt - namely
House Resolution 5767 - aimed to do.
However, it was HR
5767 that was stopped dead in its tracks following a
Hour Financial Services Committee hearing that put the
resolution up for vote. Needing a majority vote to win,
HR 5767 actually received a 32-32 tie, which was the
strongest showing of support for online gambling
regulation in the U.S. thus far. Although not keeping
the UIGEA from moving forward (which may end up keeping
itself from moving forward), the beaten HR 5767 is an
encouraging sign for the online gambling community.
according to Congressman Robert Wexler and former
Senator and current President of the Poker Players
Alliance, Alfonse D'Amato, who were both recently
interviewed with Rolling Good Times at the WSOP
Championships in Las Vegas this week, there were some
underhanded tactics being deployed to sway the vote. As
the case was with the UIGEA, which was underhandedly
passed as an attachment to a Port Security bill, HR 5767
was no doubt met with a lobbying force used to help pass
the UIGEA in the first place.
One such pawn was
the steady casino gambling antagonist, Republican
Alabama Representative Spencer Bacchus, who as you might
guess, helped author the UIGEA. According to D'Amato,
Bacchus had successfully "twisted the arms" of at least
five members of the House Financial Services Committee
who had earlier pledged their support for an amendment
to the UIGEA.
amendment is coming? Or perhaps it's special interest
groups like the National Football League, who are
pushing very hard to ensure betting does not spread to
the internet. The obvious and ironic thing is that it
already has, and will continue to do so! But people like
Congressman Bacchus seem to think that the UIGEA is
already doing a good job at curbing online gambling.
And yes, while
several online casino operators have dropped out of the
market, there are several still facing the U.S..
Congressman Bacchus claims that defeating HR 5767 has
been "a victory for young people because illegal
internet gambling brings the casino into their bedrooms
and dorm room, sometimes with tragic consequences". But
Mr. Bacchus has failed to see that regulation,
not a prohibition, is the key to protecting minors.