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Internet-Gambling Ban Wins Support in Senate

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11:04 pm on Mar 18, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Internet-Gambling Ban Wins Support in Senate


3:17 pm on Mar 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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At the risk of turning this thread into something 'political', why should I write my Congressional Representative?

(they come in two genders these days) :)


4:33 pm on Mar 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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"Gaming" - only degenerates "gamble" - don't tarnish the good name of online gaming.

Incidentally, do you have any good stock tips?


6:21 pm on Mar 19, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If I understand it correctly, the bill the article refers
to doesn't outlaw online gambling for US residents, as
that's already illegal, I believe, for all but US adults
living and wagering in Nevada with instate casino sites
using some sort of GPS based device showing they are
placing the bets from within Nevada state lines and are
really the person they say they are via a fingerprint scan.
Saw a TV segment about their setup; that's all I know about

What the bill is aiming at is making credit card companies
refuse to do business with the off shore firms offering
online gambling to US residents, since they don't seem to
be able to stop folks gambling online by a "just say no"

I've read a few articles about online gaming over the last
couple of years. IIRC, the articles refered to current
federal laws already on the books that make it a felony to
transmit wagers by wire to these offshore sites in most
situations for instance.

The articles also mentioned many visitors to these offshore
sites may not be getting a fair gaming experience due to
either outright fraud by the site operators or player
cheating and collusion (for instance among multiple players
in an online poker game conspiring against a single player).

Moreover, FWIW, I would advise folks in the US to avoid
any online gaming unless it's legal to do so in your
location -- as may be the case for some Nevada residents.

Never know when enforcement might turn to gambling customers
rather than off shore site operators.