Nevada’s destiny and online poker

If you’re not completely sick of opinion pieces about online poker, here’s my two cents, from the Las Vegas Business Press:

The recent Black Friday indictments in which federal prosecutors charged three of the world’s biggest online poker providers with fraud and violating the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act have rocked the poker world. In addition to the immediate questions the indictments raise about where the now-former American players of Ultimate Bet, Poker Stars, and Full Tilt will play, they suggest that the time has come, at last, for Nevada to lay its cards on the table and get serious about online gambling.

Online gaming will come; Nevada should lead it

I’d be really interested in hearing what other people thing about this: to me, Nevada-based companies should really be taking a more vigorous public role in the discussion of online poker. It’s certainly an issue that every Nevadan should be interested in.

1 thought on “Nevada’s destiny and online poker”

  1. Gambling in America has for a long time been a question of having the gamblers travel to a more politically favorable jurisdiction. Trek out of the city to a nearby roadhouse in an unincorporated area wherein law enforcement was a bit more friendly or simply trek from Los Angeles to Pasadena or perhaps simply trek a bit beyond domestic waters and board a gambling boat flying a flag of convenience. These are arbitrary borders but they are effective ones. Its possible to view Cyberspace as its own jurisdiction but its not quite such a simple matter to regulate it. Police can be arrayed at any number of city, county, state or international borders but its not quite possible to do much at the border of Cyberspace. It is for this reason that the USA did not outlaw the playing of poker it outlawed the use of credit cards and bank transfers that facilitated the playing of poker. Ah, shades of Al Capone. The feds could not get the major operator of depression-era soup kitchens for his criminal actions, they got him for evading income taxes on them. So the poker sites engaged in a bit of avoidance measures. Big Deal. Police occasionally raid American service clubs holding Poker Night charity fundraisers and police have now raided the banks and online poker sites. Its still a matter of jurisdictions that are arbitrary and capricious. The State of Washington is friendly towards its Indian tribes and their gaming monopoly. And I trust no one is so naive to think the tribes political donations are not the primary motivation. The State of Nevada is gambling friendly and well aware of tax revenue derived from gambling, yet the State of Nevada does not take a lead in the battle of using Bricks to regulate Clicks. It is not unlawful to use a credit card to travel to Nevada but its unlawful to use a credit card to travel to a gaming site in Cyberspace. Is the fault of illogical situation in large part of the fault of the Nevada legislature? Yes, indeed. What other state is more suitable for leading the foray into using valuable Brick licenses to enforce honesty and fair play in the otherwise unregulated world of Click casinos.

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