Setting Protocol for US Casino Online :
Minnesota Florida, California, New York and others are in the process of setting protocol for the law about US Casino Online that will deny their citizens the freedom to choose what they play on their computers. Jon Kyl, a Republican Senator from Arizona, introduced the Internet Gambling Protection Act a year ago. This bill, still pending in Congress, will outlaw accepting and placing cash bets online. Importantly it will require Internet Service Providers (AOL et al.) to censor the sites that operate from their servers upon request by law enforcement. The US government realizes that Federal action needs to be taken, as Internet knows no state boundaries.
America- When A Stone-deaf Drummer About US Casino Online :
Why stop at national level? Florida’s Attorney General recently conceded that “evolving US Casino Online technology appears to be outstripping the ability of government to regulate gambling activities on the Internet and of law enforcement to enforce such regulations. Thus, resolution of these matters must be addressed at the national, if not international level.” If the United States pursues a “ban it” policy with anything like the zealousness with which it protects its Intellectual Property in foreign lands then owners of Gaming sites could find themselves persona non grata the world over.
However, as Spencer McNally of VR Services, in a recent interview, told Internet Gaming International “the question will be how the USA deal with this issue when a major country such as Australia licensed on-line gambling.” The mighty United States, far from setting the pace for other countries, is marching to the beat of a stone-deaf drummer.
The Benefit of Regulation for US Casino Online Users and The State :
“I do not believe that an outright prohibition of US Casino Online is possible. Moving a Web site is much easier than moving a 1920s speakeasy.” – Sue Schneider (chair of the Interactive Gaming Council and editor of Rolling Good Times Online Magazine)
There are fears that offshore casinos are operated by human detritus bent on stealing the last penny from unsuspecting Americans. For this reason a voluntary code of conduct penned by the Interactive Services Association’s Interactive Gaming Council to which the Gaming Club subscribes came into existence in May 1997. ISA spokesman Kevin Mercuri comments: “We’re dealing directly with money, and people need know that they are going to get paid out if they win. The Net lends itself to a spirit of anarchy, and that doesn’t bode well for anyone operating on the Web.”
The ISA voluntary code of conduct requires that signatories to adhere to guidelines for the protection and promotion of privacy and security of wagers, raising standards for truth in advertising, and requiring local licenses for gambling operations. There are many very attractive reasons for such regulation.
Consumer Confidence In US Casino Online :
The first and most obvious benefit of regulation is that it encourages consumer confidence in accredited casinos. Just as the ISO-9001 quality standard is an internationally recognized mark of manufacturing excellence so ISA regulations and / or future US government accreditation will reassure uncertain clients that the site they are about to conduct business with are not shady dealers. This spells P-R-O-F-I-T for casino operators.
Positive Impact of US Casino Online on Technology Development
Mr. Tom W. Bell (Director, Telecommunications & Technology Studies at the Cato Institute), in his submission to the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, argued that US Casino Online will:
Drive network development. As punters seek faster and faster connection speeds so the Internet will be transformed from the World Wide Wait into a genuinely useful and fast – international network.
Provide a more wholesome environment than land-based casinos. No more hedonistic nights spent in smoke filled rooms guzzling gallons of free alcohol while salting away the family fortune.
Increase competition in gambling services. The monopoly of the big casino-hotel complexes will be broken. In order to attract Joe and Joan Citizen to their complexes casinos will be forced to offer special packages, discounts, flashier shows and bigger prizes than they do now.
Internet casinos, properly regulated and licensed, could provide states with a wealthy cash cow. An estimated $10 billion will be spent by Americans on wagers. Why shouldn’t the government take a slice and, in doing so, reduce the amount of tax that you pay?
Lastly, electronic commerce and e-cash systems the bread and butter of any on-line casino – stand to benefit all of us as increasingly sophisticated encryption technology makes the purchase of goods on the Internet safer and safer every day.
With respect it seems that the benefit of legalized gambling far outweigh its criminalization. While Congress drags its feet over implementation of regulations that would bring some finality to the debate it is business as usual for The Gaming Club