As with any public activity, there are do’s and don’ts that need to be adhered to when gambling online. Sometimes on the internet, people forget that they are still interacting with real people. With one person on a computer, the world seems small and lifeless. But this is not so. There are millions of people online everyday. So when visiting a gambling web site there are rules that should be followed. The first is going to a site that is above one’s skill level. If a person enjoys poker, but is not that good, going to an advanced poker web site will not only cause a person to lose a lot of money, but also make the other players angry. People like to compete against people who other at their skill level. They do not want to waste their time on a less experienced player. If new to the game, stay on the beginners web site.
Never harass others online. This includes calling people names, forcing them to bet more than they are comfortable with, and interfering with their betting in general. When people feel harassed, they will leave a site and might not return. This could mean a lot of money lost for the web site. This will not be tolerated. Harassing other players could result in having one’s membership taken away for good. Be nice to others and they will be nice to you. Everyone on betting web sites want to have fun and enjoy themselves.
Don’t lie about age. This is perhaps the biggest mistake people make on gambling web sites. It is illegal for minors to gamble. If a person is not eighteen, they have no business being on a gambling web site. Memberships will be taken away and fines could incur. Gambling is for adults only. Respect the rules and have a great time gambling.
It appears that many lawmakers have had enough of online gambling and want it to stop. The issues has been going on for nearly a decade and many states are quite perturbed that online gambling bypasses their state’s laws forbidding gambling. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is very upset and said on CSPAN that; Internet Gambling is illegal, it is that simple and that is the bottom line.
Of course he is not alone in this move to stop online gambling, as many states are upset who have gambling as it is cutting into their profits and tax revenues. States like Nevada, NJ and Mississippi are upset, because many of these online gambling operations are run offshore. Indian Casinos do not like it either and they all have been heavy handed in campaign contributions.
The new bill will have measures to prohibit the use of online checks, credit card use and electronic payments to settle bets, aimed at shutting down such operations. It also becomes a National Security Issue as it is believed that some of these illegal operations are funding our International Terrorist Enemies abroad, which there is proof suggesting many links.
Federal Officials have made some very big arrests from offshore companies very recently running illegal Internet Gambling Sites. Most of these illegal sites are operating outside the United States by criminal elements and this is a big issue. Hopefully we can catch the sneaky bad guys and prevent illegal gambling money from funding our enemies and the International Terrorists.
On the 15th of February US Congressman from Virginia Bob Goodlatte reintroduced HR 4777, the “Internet Gambling Prohibition Act.” Goodlatte hopes to pass the bill, which will amend the earlier Title 18 of the United States Code containing the Federal Wire Act passed in 1961. The Wire Act outlawed telephone betting by making it illegal to place bets by “wire transmission.”
The explosion of Internet poker rooms and sports books in recent years was possible only as a result of the ambiguity surrounding the definition of “wire”. While opponents of Internet gambling insisted that the meaning included cable, satellite, and cellular technology, no court would uphold a conviction based on that definition. Goodlatte hopes to amend that by expanding the Code to include all forms of electronic transmission, as well as to include all types of bets.
Earlier attempts to pass the legislation were thwarted by the lobbying efforts of Jack Abramoff, according to Gooodlatte’s office. But Abramoff’s recent guilty pleas to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials have added political capital to Goodlatte’s campaign.
According to Goodlatte “Illegal online gambling doesn’t just hurt gamblers and their families, it hurts the economy by draining dollars from the United States and serve as a vehicle for money laundering,” stated Goodlatte. “It is time to shine a bright light on these illegal sites and bring a quick end to illegal gambling on the Internet.”
“But outlawing online gambling won’t stop the activity.” says Will Catlett of Sportsbettingscams.org, an industry watchdog site. “It will only drive it underground. If online gambling is outlawed then the government will lose its ability to legislate online gambling policy and police it’s dangers, not to mention its ability to tax the transactions. Goodlatte’s bill will do exactly the opposite of what it wants to do.”
As of July 2005, according to Forrester polls, there were บาคาร่า over 300,000 gambling websites entertaining over 7,000,000 online gamblers. While the bulk of traffic to these websites initially came from the United States, that number is now around 40% as players are attracted from all over the world. If the bill is passed, the industry will shrink dramatically, and shift its focus to other nations. Meanwhile, online gamblers in the United States will be out of luck. “It’s amazing to me that this bill just might pass quietly with little or no resistance.” says Catlett. “Anyone who enjoys gambling online really should write their State Representative to let them know why this bill shouldn’t go through.”