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misscashalot
07-28-2010, 08:41 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/technology/28eurogamble.html?pagewanted=1&hpw

July 27, 2010
Europe Unleashes Online Gambling to Fill Coffers
By ERIC PFANNER
PARIS Across Europe, cash-strapped governments looking for ways to reduce yawning budget gaps are embracing online gambling, a source of revenue they once viewed with wary skepticism.

While U.S. opposition to Internet betting has centered on concerns about gambling addiction, European politicians previously objected for a different reason: liberalizing the practice, they feared, would undermine state-sponsored lottery monopolies and gambling operators..................

click on url above to see entire article.

horses4courses
07-28-2010, 09:01 AM
The US government will pay little heed to what is happening in Europe.

As far as gambling is concerned, the religious-right lobbies strongly to keep the status quo intact. They feel the need to protect mankind from their weaknesses.

Even the politicians who don't necessarily oppose gambling, find it hard to vote
in favor of expansion. Better to stand on the higher moral ground, or it may cost you votes down the road.

Robert Goren
07-28-2010, 09:20 AM
The US government will pay little heed to what is happening in Europe.

As far as gambling is concerned, the religious-right lobbies strongly to keep the status quo intact. They feel the need to protect mankind from their weaknesses.

Even the politicians who don't necessarily oppose gambling, find it hard to vote
in favor of expansion. Better to stand on the higher moral ground, or it may cost you votes down the road. It will take a major left wing revolution in this country to liberalize gambling laws here. I do not see that happening anytime soon. Even a lot of gamblers support candidates that are anti gambling. It ceases to amaze me how many people are willing cut of their nose to spite their face.

kenwoodall2
07-28-2010, 03:56 PM
Is Amtote involved?

PaceAdvantage
07-28-2010, 08:48 PM
It will take a major left wing revolution in this country to liberalize gambling laws here. I do not see that happening anytime soon. Even a lot of gamblers support candidates that are anti gambling. It ceases to amaze me how many people are willing cut of their nose to spite their face.Perhaps I am naive, but I just don't see what you see. I don't see this "moral majority" thing having that much power over the expansion of gambling.

Online gambling is ALREADY HERE. I can place a bet on any sporting event I wish right now. I can play online roulette, blackjack, slots, poker...you name it...

Gambling is a fairly acceptable form of entertainment these days in almost all walks of life.

I believe this "right wing, Christian Bible thumpers are holding back gambling with their strong lobby" is an outdated and pretty much baloney concept.

And although I hate discussing politics in the racing section, you won't get more left wing than we have now in the White House, Senate and House...so where is all the gambling?

You asked for a revolution and you got it...but still no more gambling...proof is in the puddin'?

slew101
07-28-2010, 11:07 PM
I think he meant actual laws allowing online gambling in the U.S. Of course you can do it, but you do have to jump through some hoops to get the money out and back.

And the U.S. is still spending millions of dollars each year trying to thwart online gambling in the U.S. instead of legalizing it, keeping the money in the U.S. and raising a ton of money in the process.

And I agree on the point it doesn't matter who is in control. Both parties are against online gambling. Remember, it was Harry Reid who allowed the vote in the Senate in 2006 for the law when he could have stopped it. And Nancy Pelosi along with tons of Democrats in the House, also voted in favor of the bill.

[QUOTE=PaceAdvantage]Online gambling is ALREADY HERE. I can place a bet on any sporting event I wish right now. I can play online roulette, blackjack, slots, poker...you name it...

chickenhead
07-29-2010, 11:43 AM
"Congress Rethinks Its Ban on Internet Gambling"

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/us/politics/29gamble.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

slew101
07-29-2010, 01:07 PM
That vote really means nothing in the big picture. Sports betting is not included, so it would only be poker and bingo.

And it would have to be set up with casinos in the U.S., because obviously the government is not going to easily allow people to send funds offshore.

IMO, no way this will ever fly, even just poker.

"Congress Rethinks Its Ban on Internet Gambling"

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/us/politics/29gamble.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

Roghaltz
07-29-2010, 01:11 PM
On pokerstars in france there have been protests. In France the government has tacked 2% onto the rake in every pot. Pokerstars has passed this on to the players (and then some). Details here:

http://www.cardplayer.com/poker-news/9396-french-poker-players-protest-against-new-rake-regime

Hoofless_Wonder
07-30-2010, 12:47 AM
IMHO we'll have full-blown internet gambling within two years - the real plum will be sports betting, and as soon as organized crime and the politicians come to an agreement, that'll be approved too. The .gov weenies need the dough. And it's not like they care/consider what "the people" want. The bailout of the banks was opposed by 80+% of voters, health care by 2/3. Didn't matter.

Save those pennies for the Super Bowl props, January 2013.....

slew101
07-30-2010, 08:04 PM
Not even in 100 years. Check out the lengths the government went to last fall to shut down individual NFL betting in Delaware when the state followed every law on the books.

[QUOTE=Hoofless_Wonder]IMHO we'll have full-blown internet gambling within two years