..

Did Congress Just Legalize Online Gambling?

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Nov/13/2008
Online Gambling

Did Congress just legalize online gambling?  That's what one columnist for the Kansas City Star Gaming Blog believes.

Federal regulations issued Wednesday to enforce a law passed two years ago by Congress aimed at outlawing internet gambling might achieve precisely the opposite effect, Rick Alm of the Star points out.

The reason:  The rule exempts intrastate cyber gambling that is authorized by sovereign states or tribes.  The rules also exempt individual gamblers from enforcement, baring the government's regulatory teeth only at commercial gambling companies that operate cyber casinos and cyber bookie joints.

And as Gambling911.com has already reported, the regulations do not define what "illegal online gambling" is.  That's left up to the financial institutions who, if Congress couldn't define what "illegal online gambling" is, the banks won't be able to either. 

Conflict of interest charges have been levied due to the perceived influence of a White House operative and former lobbyist for the National Football League that has long opposed internet sports betting as a threat to its integrity.

As Alm rightfully points out: "What a mess!"

For online gamblers and the operators, there was a bit more good news contained in these regulations.  They don't become effective for another year (December 2009) which allows plenty of time for a repeal from the likes of Congressman Barney Frank and The Interactive Media Entertainment & Gaming Association, which is now challenging the UIGEA policy enforcement in the US courts.

Christopher Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

Gambling News

Woman Raped, Another Has Throat Cut at Vegas Casino

Woman Raped, Another Has Throat Cut at Vegas Casino

33-year old Kem Peters has been charged with ‘attempted murder, burglary, domestic violence and battery’ after he slit his ex-girlfriends throat with a box cutter at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in Las Vegas last week.

Can I Bet on Bovada From Kentucky?

Can I Bet on Bovada From Kentucky?

Bovada is accessible from the state of Kentucky but sites like BetOnline offer much better options including a welcome bonus that features a maximum $1000 potential and lightning fast payouts.

New Age Gambling: The Future with Cryptocurrency

New Age Gambling: The Future with Cryptocurrency

The online global gambling market is set to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 8.77% in the run to 2024.  Technology

Can I Play on Fox Bet From Illinois?

Can I Play on Fox Bet From Illinois?

You will not be able to play on Fox Bet from Illinios, at least not yet.  The company has opted not to allow those in Illinois to place wagers until it obtains a license from state regulators.  Currently sites like BetOnline, which are licensed outside the state, are available for real money betting within Illinois (residents and visitors alike can play on the site).

Trump Pardons Former 49ers Owner Charged in Gambling Case

Trump Pardons Former 49ers Owner Charged in Gambling Case

President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal who built one of the most successful NFL teams in the game’s history.

Syndicate