Following the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Bill 2006, there is a lot of confusion about the legal status of online gambling. In reality, very little has actually changed. This bill is designed to attack the methods that are used to fund online gaming accounts.
It does NOT make online gambling illegal. It does NOT criminalise online gamblers. It simply requires banks to block transactions to online gaming sites. As most experienced online gamblers know, banks have been doing that for quite some time.
What is does do, is make everyone think that online gaming is illegal.
This so called ‘anti gambling’ bill excludes lots of online gambling from the banking ban – horse racing, lotteries – and was put forward by Senator Frist, who receives campaign donations from Harrah’s, the Biggest non-online gambling business in the world.
So, if this gambling-financed senator really wanted to save us from online gambling, why didn’t he push to make it illegal?
Well, it might be interesting to note that the possibility of having online gambling regulated by US companies is being considered at the moment…
So what does all that mean? Well, the best guess at the moment is that US gaming companies, like Harrahs, intend to create an online presence. Having removed the market leaders, such as 888 and Party Poker, the market is now wide open to US companies that want to get their share. If gambling had been made illegal then that would be a difficulty, but considering that only sending money out of the country has been made illegal…
You can probably draw your own conclusions. But you can be certain of two things;
Online gambling has NOT been made illegal by this new bill;
and Senator Bill Frist is NOT trying to make gambling illegal!
Some online casinos are excluding players from eleven american states.The excluded states are Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.The reason for this is the particular
laws about online gaming that exist in these states, and it has nothing to do with the provisions of the latest anti-gambling bill.