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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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What a waste
By Rob94hawk on 10/2/2006 8:43:47 PM , Rating: 1
All these Ivy league educated people in congress and they come up with the most assinine laws. No wonder this country is so F'd up. No goddam priorities.

Steriods in baseball and gambling online seem to be more important than healthcare reform and illegal immigration.

Now you know why I'm not voting in 2008. No matter who you vote in they all suck.




RE: What a waste
By Christopher1 on 10/2/2006 8:51:04 PM , Rating: 3
Politicians have the habit of always going for the things, no matter how unharmful, that have the best chance of getting votes from people out of emotional or religious indignation.

From pedophilia, to school shootings, to homosexuality, to other things, they always focus on what is liable to get them the most votes when they are running for office.

They need to stop butting into people's, child and adults, private sexual lives by making things that a VERY FEW people find distasteful illegal, and start focusing on the real issues in the world today: climate change, world hunger, anti-biotic resistant diseases, STD's that are incurable, etc.

They need to find solutions for the REAL problems in the world today, instead of focusing on issues that only cloud the subject. The only way I see them doing that however, is if the president and Congress in bulk were elected EVERY YEAR, so that people would have a say and true power over their elected officials.


RE: What a waste
By splines on 10/2/2006 10:19:46 PM , Rating: 1
I don't see what this has to do with anybody's sex life.

Especially children.

Actually, why did you bring that up twice in comments about an artical on online gambling?


RE: What a waste
By 05SilverGT on 10/3/2006 1:01:23 PM , Rating: 3
Don't forgot other real issues like illegal immegration, the decine of any type of U.S. manufacturing, education in inner city areas to the list. If we could only get a majority of politicians with some balls go make a real decision. Even if it's one I don't agree with someone is taking a stand.


RE: What a waste
By Skanks on 10/3/2006 4:31:48 PM , Rating: 2
Pedophilia is an issue very few people find distateful? Children shouldn't be having sexual lifes private or otherwise........


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