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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 is everyones problem?
By Chillin1248 on 10/3/2006 4:02:55 AM , Rating: 5
Ok, I don't live in the U.S. (though used to) and am not a Christian, yet I see half the people here mouthing off about this being a religious ordeal with no basis at all. I mean where do you see gambling being illegal in the Christian Bible? Seems that a lot of people like blasting religion for some reason here for something that has nothing to do with it. If it was the Vatican City banning gambling then I can see some sort of connection, but this is the U.S. that doesn't even allow the ten commandments in court houses anymore (though ironically the seven laws of Noah are still a law).

I think people need to take a step back and see what they are really doing, which is blasting religion for no reason other than it being there. If George W. Bush was a Muslim would you then go on blasting the Quran? What if he was a atheist, would you then go blasting the Christian majority in the U.S.? I mean there has to be a limit somewhere, and you can't exactly with good conscience tell me that Congress is controlled by Christians.

More likely the blame lies with vetoing from the U.S. land based traditional gambling institutions who found online gambling to be a hazard for them, common sense I would think. Doesn't even have to do with any president at all, if Clinton was still in office this bill probably would have gone through as well.


By therealnickdanger on 10/3/2006 9:26:51 AM , Rating: 3
Chillin = nail on the head. This bill does NOT restrict people from gambling online. This bill was not brought up by President Bush. This bill also has nothing to do with right-wing, left-wing, or any other partisan lines.

There have also been a lot of comments about how we have better things to do, like health care, social security, etc. Hasn't anyone been paying attention for the past 4 billion years? We are continually working on these things, show some appreciation for the variety. LOL

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