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Something tells us that it's no bluff

Relax, your World of Warcraft addiction is safe. Your Party Poker addiction, however, is in a bit of peril as U.S. Congress passed legislation to end Internet gaming (gambling). More specifically, the House of Representatives and Senate over the weekend approved a bill that would make it illegal for banks and credit-card companies to make payments to online gambling sites.

International online gaming companies PartyGaming Plc, Sportingbet, and 888 Plc are likely to pull out of the United States. According to this Reuters report, PartyGaming generates about 78 percent of its revenue from the United States, while Sportingbet gets about 62 percent there. More details from this Citywire story

Provisions in the bill, in a section labelled the 'Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006', outlaw the processing of payments between US gamblers and on-line gaming companies. Although the act makes unlawful the receipt by a gambling business of proceeds or money in connection with unlawful internet gambling, it does not clarify the definition of unlawful gambling. But PartyGaming says that if the bill is signed it will be practically impossible for it to provide US residents with access to its real money poker and other real money gaming sites.

Analysts say that this law won’t go unchallenged, but for now, President Bush’s signature looks to be the nail in the coffin.

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Last minute rider
By dreddly on 10/2/2006 7:01:35 PM , Rating: 3
That's because Frist attached it to the port security act and passed it right before this session lets out and they lose control. It is really an underhanded and last minute effort to criminalize something that Frist promoted (B&M) in his own state.

I am surprised I have not seen more coverage of this.

RE: Last minute rider
By The Boston Dangler on 10/2/2006 8:25:32 PM , Rating: 4
And that's how things are done in our US of A.

This bill is an example of government for sale. Who prospers? The domestic gaming industry, because they were totally oblivious to online business models, just like the RIAA/MPAA. Internet gambling will return soon, firmly in corporate hands.

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