Friday, February 17, 2006

Online gambling absolutely, definitely illegal: "Gamble online and you could go to jail. That's the message meant to be conveyed by a new bill introduced in the House of Representatives by Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and his counterpart Rick Boucher (D-VA). The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act (PDF) aims to update the Wire Act, which makes it illegal to place bets over the telephone, for the Internet era. The new law would make it explicitly clear that gambling using the Internet is illegal in the US, but it also seeks to target offshore gambling sites that are aimed at American users. Such sites are specifically forbidden from accepting credit cards, electronic funds transfers, or checks from US players. Penalties for violations have been raised from two to five years in jail, where your only gambling will be with cigarettes."

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  1. Jordan said...
    I'd like to see the US gov't try to stop online gambling. They are fools and tools to even try. Much like stem cell research, the gov't is hurting themselves and America by ignoring that some things cannot be stopped by regulation. All that they are doing is depriving the US of the benefits (such as taxation) that other coutries will have. Tsk tsk. Thanks for posting the news.
    Unknown said...
    I better start racking up some play chips!

    I wonder if sites will offer play chip reload bonuses.
    Human Head said...
    Stupid gov't idjits...

    I wonder who will come out with the first prison poker blog?

    "I lost my whole b/r of smokes when the vatos tilted me and I took my wad to the high stakes Aryan game"


    "I got cornholed at the game tonight....literally."

    Anonymous said...
    i agree with the legislation which aims to ban credit cards as a payment method for online gambling of any sort... i mean its a no brainer when you consider you are placing somebody else’s money on an uncertain event happening with the aim to recoup more than you invested. Chance and credit do not mix well in my opinion, and continuing to allow it would only contribute further to negatively affecting the high levels of personal debt many citizens today find themselves in. I agree however, in a sense that it won't work - i mean whats the point in banning credit card payments for online poker, for example, but not online sports betting? slightly hipocritical no? I mean how can you allow someone to participate in online horse racing betting, but not have a gamble on a hand of cards? both activities involve a large degree of chance, and neither are guaranteed to yield financial return.
    It also infuriates me that the minority of irresponsible gamblers [those paying with someone elses money!] have now ruined the fun of online betting for everyone else - those like me who pay with money they actually have in their bank!! boooo

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