Louisiana Decides It Can Clean Up Offshore Online Gambling All By Itself
from the priorities dept
It turns out that the arrest of another British online gambling executive yesterday here in the US was based on a warrant from Louisiana state police, not a federal investigation, as was the case with the earlier arrest of the company BetOnSports. So the story gets even better — now state officials are joining the fun, and trying to assert some authority where their jurisdiction is questionable at best. Never mind that Louisiana is home to plenty of brick-and-mortar casinos; apparently online gambling is just simply unacceptable (or maybe they don’t like the competition). Really, this is just silly — not only are they probably overstepping their jurisdiction, arresting and prosecuting this guy really won’t do anything to stop the people of Louisiana from gambling online. Even if it did, they’d just go to a casino or engage in some other form of legalized gambling. What bothers the state so much about this being online? The fact that they can’t tax it? Arresting company executives won’t help change that either. As we’ve been saying for some time, drawing these companies into a dialogue and coming up with a rational way to regulate and tax the industry is the best solution. Of course, that’s probably way too much to hope for.