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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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RE: :Sigh:
By dgingeri on 10/2/2006 7:12:26 PM , Rating: 2
all I have to say is:


RE: :Sigh:
By Burning Bridges on 10/3/2006 3:46:26 AM , Rating: 2
Couldnt you just block the sites?

Oh, and if there weren't any computers for you that needed fixing, you would probably be out of a job =P

RE: :Sigh:
By dgingeri on 10/3/2006 9:59:58 AM , Rating: 2
oh, believe me, I have more than enough work to do without having to rebuild systems that people have messed up with other software. the software we have works badly enough to keep me in a job for a long, long time. (90% of the software problems we have are due to non-MS software, so don't say it's MS's fault.) 250 people are difficult to take care of with only 3 support staff.

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