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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: Our governmetn
By dgingeri on 10/2/2006 7:35:42 PM , Rating: 2
btw, the bible does not say gambling is bad, anywhere. This is a common misconception due to the fact that hardline religious nuts equated gambling (which you have to do in one form or another in order to get ahead in life at all) with other activities and labelled them all 'bad'. These nuts were also the ones that worked to get alcohol banned, and succeeded for a while. (Didn't Jesus turn water into wine for a wedding celebration?)

The problem here, and the biggest reason I am for this law, is that the gambling sites require special software in order to play, and that software contains massive amounts of spyware. I have had to deal with it on 3 computers at work now, and one of those I had to rebuild twice, because those guys used their work computers to play Party Poker. Their passwords could very easily have been stolen and who knows what kind of people would have access to our sensitive data. There is also the little matter of me spending a day rebuilding the computer to get all the spyware off.

Now the good news: we can actually fire those people now if they continue to infect their systems with this spyware because it is illegal to gamble over the internet. HR and Legal were blocking us from making it a termable offense due to getting the language just right, and probably also because a senior VP was one of the major users of the gambling sites. In our current policies, it is a termable offense to do anything illegal with their work computers.

Quite frankly, I don't see anyone actually being able to enforce it, other than corporations firing employees for using their company computers to do it.


RE: Our governmetn
By Ard on 10/2/2006 9:45:29 PM , Rating: 2
You're slightly off with the firing thing (assuming your company doesn't have a non-work internet use policy). It's not illegal for you or me to gamble online, but rather for our credit card companies to make payments to gambling sites.


RE: Our governmetn
By sprockkets on 10/3/2006 10:09:42 AM , Rating: 1
Wrong. Gambling is a form of greed, wanting something for nothing, and that is clearly wrong.

Funny how again we will ban internet gambling just because it is foreign yet we will have local and nationwide lotteries, which is much worse than playing poker with friends for money. It is so nice for thousands to millions of people to play their lives away, and have so few winners. People say you have a better chance of getting hit by lightning than winning the lottery.


RE: Our governmetn
By deeznuts on 10/3/2006 1:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sorry but gambling is not wanting something for nothing. It can be greedy, yes, but you have to put something up (i.e. risk something) in order to receive a payout. There is nothing inherently wrong with that concept, but there is when it comes to abuse, just as there is with everything.


RE: Our governmetn
By udontknow on 10/3/2006 3:26:29 PM , Rating: 2
HA HA! Yea greed is definately the issue here! As in our govt is being greedy bc it cant accuratly tracking who is making what from internet gambling and no taxes are getting paid for the money thats being made and they can have that. thats what this is really about!


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