E-Commerce Times Talkback
See Full Story
There's a case brewing in Louisiana that may blow the lid off virtual casinos everywhere.
A U.S. appeals court faces the question of whether a trial court in Louisiana was correct
when it ruled in February that the 1961 Wire Act does not apply to all forms of Internet
gambling, but only sports wagering. Many advocates of online gambling are no doubt
betting on the federal appellate court to give them the hook they need to open the
floodgates for Internet casinos.
Say you’ve downloaded Cars from iTunes. Instead of watching it on your computer, wirelessly sync the flick to Apple TV.Then pull up a seat, put up your feet, and play your movie on TV. Give yourself a hand: You’ve just changed theway you watch digital media.
I'm glad to see that this topic is starting to be discussed in the mainstream media. Unfortuantely, this article mentions prosecuting online gamblers and online bookies. Please show me an online gambler who's been prosecuted. I know of one case of a North Dakota man who had $300,000 in offshore sports betting accounts and he received a $500 fine. Other than that, there have been no prosecutions of online gamblers, although it is correct that Jay Cohen spent a couple years in prison unjustly. Jurys and judges don't understand gambling and neither does the general public. If they did this would be allowed and regulated and more importantly to the government... taxed. If anyone has questions about online gambling, please don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Free Update. Nevada is no longer the only location in the United States where internet gambling is legal. On August 2, 2001, the United States Virgin Islands legalized internet gambling. Rules and Regs are being prepared so it is anticipated that the United States Virgin Islands will be the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to test the law.
Pardon me, I'm German and don't know the US laws about online-gaming.
By your forum my interest about this topic is wakened. So I want to ask, if anybody
is able, to give me a kind of resume of the legal situation about e-gaming in the
Although I'm not a gambling man, it would seem to me that the will of the people is not the only consideration when it comes to whether Internet gambling should be legal. What most people want and what is fair for everyone is not always the same thing (tyranny of the majority). Also, just because people might want Internet gambling, are they willing to pay the costs of regulating it? Because people will probably expect the government (i.e. taxpayers) to go after the Web casinos that rip people off with tilted games and nonpayments, etc., etc.
Seems like this issue is getting way too complicated for the courts to sort out effectively.
Let's have Congress get the pulse of the people (that should be possible, right?) and write up some straightforward legislation (that should be possible too, right?) that will clearly state whether online gambling is legal or not.
Certain States in the U.S. advertise for and profit from lotteries, scratch cards, paramutual betting, etc. Is it fair that they are able to do this and make profits, yet it is illegal for an individual or company in that state to do the same? This reeks of Big Brother and "do as I say . . . not do as I do."
It seems to me that the legal issue of online wagering has ceased to be a moral dispute and has now become a question of laziness and passing off the proverbial "hot potato"...
Historically, politicians have always been a bit hesitant to either outlaw or permit anything that has a public tint of morality attached to it, and Internet wagering is starting to take on a familiar pattern...
In my opinion, legislating the outright ban of Internet wagering has become a case of political grandstanding and sheer hypocrisy...
Gambling, in some form or another, has been around since the dawning of man and after us humans wither away and die, cockroaches will probably devise some ingenious scheme to wager on the amount of rainfall for the upcoming year...
It's time to stop debating on the ethical issues of online gambling and get to work on creating an official body that will oversee the industry and weed out all the rogue elements...And that is the job of the politicians that we select to represent us...
I couldn't agree more with the Casino critic. I really think the hypocrisy is ridiculous. We have been running a very well known and respectable casino (Omni Casino) on the Internet since 1997. We were the very first online casino to become a full member of the IGC (Interactive Gaming Council) and we adhere to their strict code of conduct. We have a link to Gamblers Anonymous on every page of our site, and the list goes on... but I do realize there are some bad sites out there that are ripping people off, and that is why we would GLADLY entertain moving the business to the US, and become regulated to help weed out the bad casinos. The problem is, the majority of the states that want to ban Internet gambling are those that are sucking their constituency dry with the slogan, "All you need is a dollar and a dream" to hit their own state lotteries. Please!!! The house hold in the lottery is in the neighborhood of 40%. That means for every dollar wagered in the state lottery, the government keeps 40 cents. For the last four years, our house hold in the casino has been 2.50%. Who's fleecing Who???
Its true that due to just few fraud websites some people generalize every casino site as fraud, but that's not being wise.
It is quite strange the U.S govt is also banning non-gambling related websites. So basically any website which promotes the idea of online games are under scrutiny. Several recreation gaming websites are facing the brunt of U.S gambling laws.