Anti-Online Gambling Bill Introduced In US Senate

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US Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Jason Chaffetz have introduced a bill to the Senate that would re-imagine the Wire Act, outlawing all types of online gambling in the process.

Under the language of the bill, all types of online gambling in the US would be forbidden, save for horse racing. The bill would also make current online gambling in states that have passed legislation illegal, killing an industry which is picking up speed and generating tax revenue.

The bill has bi-partisan support from Senator Dianne Feinstein, and many others who have been influenced by lobbyists. One such politician, Senator Kelly Ayotte said, "What has been the result of this [Justice Department ruling]: basically, it’s been the Wild West out there on the internet, which has been of deep concern for law enforcement."

Not all politicians are in favour of the bill, however, as former Rep. Mary Bono said, "There isn’t any question whether Americans are gaming online. They are. Congress should be focused on keeping them safe, not shutting down existing consumer protections. If Congress passes this bill, we’ll see more Americans gaming on black market websites with absolutely no protections against fraud, identity theft and other criminal activity."

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Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.
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27 March 2014 - 8:39pm

Well this isn't good for people like us who enjoy gambling. Its also not fair to people who may be confined to a house and cant physically go to a casino.


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28 March 2014 - 2:32pm

Agreed. The whole anti-gambling bit is unrealistic and just puts the clamps on the players.

Why not legalize something that will create jobs, generate tax revenue, and protect players?