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7 July 2011 - 3:29pm

Is the US any Closer to Legalizing Online Gambling?

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Hiya,

The Democrat senator for West Virginia, Jay Rockefeller has expressed his support for US legalization of online gambling. He see it as a means to decrease the deficit. Smart man.

"Crack down on illegal Internet gambling. Establishing online gambling regulations will protect consumers, state’s rights and state sovereignty, and eliminate a huge illegal market that today benefits only countries and companies overseas, saving an estimated $41.8 billion over ten years, and an estimated additional $30 billion for states. (federal estimate from the Joint Committee on Taxation, rough state estimate is based on most states mirroring federal taxes)" is posted on his website.

I'm not sure how many government figures are in support of legalization but they seem to be coming out of the wood work. Do you think this gets America any closer to legalization? How do you see this all playing out?

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8 July 2011 - 3:17am
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There are a lot of different politicians out there throwing support in some form or another at online gambling. Let's hope it clears sometime before it is too late for us here!

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8 July 2011 - 6:23am
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Sounds promising, but remember there is a surprisingly long list of politicians who have tried and failed before. And isn't Spencer "click your mouse and lose your house" Bachus now in control of the committee that Barney Frank was previously in charge of when he tried to push through online gambling reform bills before the last elections?

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8 July 2011 - 10:16am
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This is so obvious that online gambling only helps economy! And online gambling addiction is much more easily curable than land based problem gambling... just block access to an addictive person and that's all. Why they make it all so problematic, I can't understand..

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8 July 2011 - 1:03pm
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Well guys, I can only hope

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12 July 2011 - 8:09am
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smart decision! Jay Rockefeller understands than online gambling can help the economy and there is no need to develop illegal gambling market on the Internet. This is one more step to legalization of online gambling n the whole USA.

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14 July 2011 - 10:32pm
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I myself have sent e-mails to the senators of my state in support of online gaming. Below is a link where you can voice your opinion to your senator and the President. VOICE YOUR OPINION. Let them know you SUPPORT ONLINE GAMING!

http://www.capwiz.com/pokerplayersalliance/issues/alert/?alertid=5090759...

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15 July 2011 - 7:23am
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Rodaaf282 hope that it will help.... A little contribution of US players may turn into the decision of a huge importance to us all...

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15 July 2011 - 2:38pm
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That's great Rodaaf. Every little bit helps.

Now the president is saying that Americans may not receive Social Security and disability etc. payments on August 3rd. The deficit is out of control. Time to legalize online gambling? YES!

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15 July 2011 - 8:57pm
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Great point Rodaaf, we will all together do that....

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17 July 2011 - 10:38am
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After reading a quite frankly scary article today regarding the US politicians arguing about raising their debt ceiling to avoid defaulting on some of their debts, it seems a no brainer. This is the world's richest economy we're talking about and its pretty much broke and needs to sort out a solution by August. Regulated and taxed online gambling isn't the only answer to a problem on that scale but surely it has to be some small part of the solution, at least in the longer term.

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6 August 2011 - 7:42am
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I've heard Barton's bill is a success, in difference with its predecessors. Any news about it?

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7 August 2011 - 4:31am
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The Barton Bill, HR2366, aims to legalise online poker. It has quite few supporters but little more than that at this stage. Incredibly, the American Gaming Association (AGA) is not supporting the bill and are instead proposing their own bill to legalise poker. You would think that the better approach would be to get together and come up with a single proposal, as divided you are weaker.

None of this has any bearing on casino games though as the bills only apply to online poker.

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9 August 2011 - 1:58am
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Our own state of Minnesota is discussing putting a land-based casino in downtown Minneapolis. This will meet opposition, but it would be cool. No smoking, though, lol, unlike the Native American casinos.

I wish this crazy country would wake up and stop demonizing online gambling. To each their own for heaven's sake. I am so tired of everything that is about control! Sad

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24 August 2011 - 4:32pm
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I agree with hope777, I'm not a big online gambler myself but everyone must have a choice. Either we play online or in land-based ones it's still gambling, so what's the difference for them?
I think they musn't be trying to make everyone do the same thing. Every human being is different and thinks different, so they should do whatever they want, unless they commit a crime...
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12 September 2011 - 7:15am
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US Online Gambling is probably the most-discussed topic on every gambling forum I've ever been a member of. I guess there are some changes, but no tangible evidence to guarantee Americans Playing poker online soon....

By the way, can anyone tell me what has happened to the Barton's bill?

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13 September 2011 - 2:04am
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The Barton BIll has not progressed much. It has gained more co-sponsors (politicians that support it) but it has to be passed by a committee called the House Services Finance Committee.

Unfortunately since the last election the leader of this committee is Spencer Bachus - a rabid anti-gambling zealot who has campaigned against online gambling for years. So I very much doubt that it will go far.

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13 September 2011 - 7:28am
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sad to hear that, I feel so sorry for American people, not only because they can not gamble online, but because of their poor choice- in land-based casinos in the US, only American Roulette wheel is offered.. that is known to have the higher house edge.... They do it on purpose as they know people have no alternative and can easily rip them off......

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26 September 2011 - 11:35pm
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Usne wrote:

That's great Rodaaf. Every little bit helps.

Now the president is saying that Americans may not receive Social Security and disability etc. payments on August 3rd. The deficit is out of control. Time to legalize online gambling? YES!

IMHO, time to legalize a LOT of things that could bring in money into our country!

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I agree with this :

hope777 wrote:

IMHO, time to legalize a LOT of things that could bring in money into our country!

and in such things I include prostitution, drug consumption and marijuana!

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19 October 2011 - 8:33pm
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I think the laws in many countries make absolutely no sense in regards to gambling. For example the US has land based casinos all over the country but yet won't allow the luxury to play from the comfort of your home.

In the UK online gambling is legal yet the land based casinos have restrictions that allow only 20 slot machines per casino.

The first time i walked in a casino in the UK i was expecting 3000-4000 slots like in the US waiting for me and i was in shock when i saw teeny tiny casinos especially when there is such freedom to play online.

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20 October 2011 - 8:10am
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Hi Usne, the reason for teeny tiny casinos in the UK is that the online gambling industry s dominating there, while the US casinos are so luxurious and lucrative, as they have no access for playing online.

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This would be awesome if the USA would legalize online gambling! I am new here to this site and joined because as a US player I have burned by several online casinos and finally got wise to looking up reviews online. Boy, was I surprised! So glad I found this site! Nothing like actually winning and not getting paid........stay far away from Slots Nuts! Smile Hello and I look forward to "hanging" on this site Angel

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Welcome DesertGoddess, hopefully we can help steer you away from the bad guys!

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Usne wrote:

I think the laws in many countries make absolutely no sense in regards to gambling. For example the US has land based casinos all over the country but yet won't allow the luxury to play from the comfort of your home.

In the UK online gambling is legal yet the land based casinos have restrictions that allow only 20 slot machines per casino.

The first time i walked in a casino in the UK i was expecting 3000-4000 slots like in the US waiting for me and i was in shock when i saw teeny tiny casinos especially when there is such freedom to play online.

Wow? Is this correct? Only 20 slot machines per casino? How can that even be? I guess I learn something (almost) every day here on Casino Listings! lol

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