Online Poker? Evil! Playing The Ponies By Mobile Phone: Go For It!

from the please-explain dept

Remember how the government made sure to effectively ban online poker because it was evil? As noted, they carved out a few nice exceptions for the type of gambling they liked, specifically lotteries and horse racing. Lotteries make sense because they're very profitable for governments. Horse racing seems to get an okay because... well... we're guessing that a lot of politicians like to play the ponies. So, it probably comes as no surprise that New York state is now letting people bet on horse races both online and via mobile phones. It's not clear to us why other kinds of online gambling are dangerous for your soul, but betting on horses from anywhere at any time is just dandy. Somehow, I don't expect politicians will explain it, because it's unlikely that they have a very good answer.
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    Elohssa, 13 Jan 2007 @ 2:49am

    Where's the surprise?

    Though I believe this is foolish policy, both economically and socially, it does at least follow "real world" precedent. In most U.S. jurisdictions, poker is illegal, while horse racing and state-run lotteries are not.

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