When people gamble online are they really playing a person or are they playing a machine, or AI – artificially intelligent program, one which is designed to beat them, but not so badly they quit and never come back? Not long ago, I was discussing this with an acquaintance, who indicated to me that they were “not against gambling online, because if people wanted to give away their money so be it,” but they themselves never would.
Of course, online gambling has also trapped many an addicted gambler, who over time loses all their hard-earned money, yes it is an addiction which preys upon real human emotion and captures the psyche of the obsessive compulsive individual sa gaming. But should gambling online be free choice, just as it is when one walks into a casino? Well, those who have online gambling websites think so, but there is a bit of politics involved, with interests on both sides.
In fact, there was a great article on Online Gambling Pro, titled “Online Gambling Bill Vetoed in New Jersey” by Gary posted on March 3, 2011. The article talked about how the New Jersey Governor said “no” to online gambling. This was good for the Atlantic City Casinos, and collecting taxes for online gambling would have proved quite problematic, not to mention a somewhat unfair advantage for real casinos with all their licensing requirements.
Nevertheless, folks in the US will continue to gamble online, even if it is illegal, they will find a way, even if they go through a website hosted offshore. Some say, and I am not one of them, but some believe that people who play online learn to play well, and eventually come into the casino thus, it actually helps the legal gambling industry. There may be some empirical evidence to prove that assertion someday, however, I will remain a skeptic until I see it personally.
Considering that most politicians will eventually cave into almost anything as long as they can tax it, it is interesting that online gambling has not made headway in the legalization process, perhaps it will in the future, but right now it is still taboo. There is too much fraud say authorities which is a charge that does have merit. And it is also suspected that there are unscrupulous individuals running these websites behind digital masks.
Well, those are just some of the issues, and there are many more challenges to be solved before online gambling legalization will be available in all 50 US states. It seems many states such as; Iowa, California, and Florida appear to have legislation in the works right now. Many other states are drafting bills to introduce too, and there is a fairly big lobbying effort surrounding these pushes for online gambling, as well as lobbying to prevent it from various concerned citizen groups and established casinos. Please consider all this.
Get ready for the games to begin online, the Justice Department overturned its long-time stance on online gambling. The Justice Department announced at the end of December that the majority of online gambling is now legal. This is in the form of non-sport gambling. Some limitation will still apply but at least this will give states a chance to raise money in other ways.
Many states are scrambling to start new gambling forms. In some states the first form of online gambling will start with the state lottery. This will help the state lottery grow. The lottery is already a multi-billion dollar industry but with citizens having the option to order lottery tickets online, this will only raise more money for states.
The second form of gambling will be online poker. This is huge for people who have a passion for poker. Almost a years ago, the Justice Department shutdown poker sites such as Pokerstars.com and so on. Online poker could bring in millions of extra tax revenue for states. This time around the federal government or states could make up their own guidelines. The states that will rush to carry out this would be Nevada and New Jersey. These are two main casino states and they already has the resources and will to start the process of online poker.
Social networks could also tap into this booming market. Networks like Facebook, MySpace, Google+, etc could create an app for easy access to online gambling. Their software will put them in the prime spot to create users for online gambling. These social network already is linked with many business for easy access. Facebook IPO will really blow up if this is the case.
Then you have the mobile devices. In this country 150+ million people have a mobile phone or device. Talk about a market. With this many people will have access to online gambling the next step will be to protect these people from themselves. The last thing we need is people gambling away their life saving b/c of going all in on pocket threes. Just like alcohol, poker rehab program will me mandatory.