Minnesota Sued Over Online Gambling Ban, While Frank Again Introduces Bill To Legalize It

from the know-when-to-hold-em dept

We noted several days ago that Minnesota was trying to force ISPs to block gambling web sites, going down a path trodden by several other states. That path, of course, has always ended in failure after the courts have weighed in. It looks like the courts will now get their chance to rain on Minnesotan politicians’ parade, as a trade group has sued the director of the state’s Department of Public Safety’s Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement division to stop the ban. The group uses the suit to remind the director that he doesn’t have the authority to mandate the blocking by ISPs, something the court will likely reinforce.

Meanwhile, online gambling’s biggest friend in Congress, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, has again introduced legislation that would legalize and regulate online gambling in the US. It sounds pretty much the same as his earlier attempts, all of which have failed, and would take the eminently reasonable step of allowing Americans to gamble in a regulated environment where they’re protected by rules and law, as opposed to the current situation where they’re pushed into the gray market (or worse), and have no protection. Frank also says he’ll introduce separate legislation that will stop the enforcement of the UIGEA, which says that banks must stop processing any transactions that fund online gambling. At least one big casino company seems to think Frank’s got a good chance of finally getting his law through: Harrah’s, which recently hired the former CEO of major online gambling company PartyGaming to head its online efforts ahead of legalization.

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Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) says:

What's in a name

Gambling is just what it is, a gamble. Whether you do it through regulation or through the “gray market (or worse)” your dumb ass took the gamble so live with the consequences. If gambling is regulated, then the casino’s lawyers will take your house. If unregulated then the casino’s goons will take your thumbs. Don’t be so naive as to think the government wants to protect gamblers. They just want to collect the taxes off your winnings.

Chuck Norris says:

Re: What's in a name

>by Chuck Norris’ Enemy (deceased) – May 11th, 2009 @ 6:36am
>Gambling is just what it is, a gamble. Whether you do it
>through regulation or through the “gray market (or
>worse)” your dumb ass took the gamble so live with the
>consequences.

Actually, there’s a huge difference. In a regulated environment, you know the odds and know the score. You can make informed decisions with this information.

In an unregulated environment, you could literally be playing against a programmer who is looking at exactly what cards you are holding, has complete control of the deck or even worse. That’s NOT gambling, that’s being cheated.

There IS a difference.

AZ says:

Re: Re: What's in a name

Unregulated environment is a funny term to use for illegal online gambling. You get what you pay for. Seems the people who are gambling online would be the same group who are keeping the spammers in business.

Vegas is legal, yet I always seem to end up with less money after leaving and they just keep building bigger hotels.

ChrisB (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: What's in a name

I gamble online. Actually, I play poker, which is a game of skill with a chance element (like backgammon, for example).

I’m Canadian so our government hasn’t made it illegal. I gamble at a site that has a good reputation (prompt payments, good protection against cheating, etc). There is little incentive for a site to cheat its customers because online casinos are insanely profitable. However, there have been cases when *employees* for sites have been caught cheated customers.

TX CHL Instructor (profile) says:

Re: What's in a name

One (small) advantage to government regulation: It might be (slightly) harder for the casino to cheat without getting caught. Although a properly-run casino is wildly profitable without having to resort to cheating. Unfortunately, really large lumps of money tend to attract organized crime, with or without regulation (note Mark Twain’s observation regarding congress and organized crime).

I would agree that the primary motivation for legalization (aka regulation) would be tax revenue. I don’t have a problem with that, per se, but I would prefer that the government just stop trying to be my nanny, period (even though I personally have no interest in gambling).

http://www.chl-tx.com (Thanks, BHO, for the wonderful stimulus you have given my business!)

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