by Mike Masnick
Tue, Oct 5th 2010 2:53am
While there was all sorts of sanctimonious language about protecting children and the "sins" of gambling when Congress put a bill that effectively banned online gambling into a law about protecting our ports (don't ask), everyone knew the real reason why Congress banned online gambling: the big casinos were afraid of the competition. They even claimed that people wouldn't want to come to real casinos any more if they could just gamble online. It's like the claims of musicians when records first came out, that no one would ever want to see live music again. Or the idea that with a VCR, no one would want to go to the movies again. Of course, as with those situations, it turns out that the casinos are finally realizing that (1) they can actually profit directly from online gambling and (2) it probably drives more people to real casinos, rather than fewer. So, suddenly they're trying to convince Congress that it's okay to legalize at least online poker, completely at odds with what they've claimed in the past. Of course, you'll never see any of them admit that perhaps they made a mistake in getting such legislation passed in the first place...
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