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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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By fishmonger12 on 10/3/2006 3:35:40 PM , Rating: 2
This won't do anything to stop online gambling. Already, banks and credit card companies do not pay money to gambling sites. You have to put money in an online account like Firepay, then transfer the money through Firepay to the gambling site. Since the gambling sites are usually located on some island in the carribbean, and the online wallets (for lack of a better term) are also, I don't see how this puts a stop to internet gambling.

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By AncientPC on 10/3/2006 8:06:32 PM , Rating: 2
Wrong, most online poker rooms still operated with US customers because it was a legal grey area. Now that the government has explicity condemened online gambling, many poker sites have deactivated US accounts including:

Party Poker

Pacific Poker

Cryptologic Network (Interpoker, Caribbean Sun, PokerPlex, TotalBet, UKBetting, William Hill)


Party Poker pulling out is a huge blow, and many other sites are on the fence until this thing gets passed into law and/or how the Department of Justice will choose to enforce it or not.

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By Parkerl75 on 10/4/2006 1:15:08 PM , Rating: 2
The Safe Port Act

"Prohibition on acceptance of any financial instrument for unlawful Internet gambling

No person engaged in the business of betting or wagering may knowingly accept, in connection with the participation of another person in unlawful Internet gambling..."

That makes the gambler and not just the gambling site liable if you do receive a payout from even a third party transaction processor.

If this law goes into effect, then it's the end for internet gambling. After Bush signs it, it will go into effect in 270 days.

It's amazing that they still make exceptions to "high-brow" gambling such as horse racing and etc. but don't consider online poker and gambling sites in the same level.

For the full text:

One Catch:

The law says "Intrastate Transactions", where the bet is initiated and received entirely within one state and does not involve interstate transaction, is not considered "Illegal Internet gambling" according to the definition, as long as it follows the state's gambling laws and complies with some federal requirements.

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