Anti-Online Gambling Ban Proposal moves forward
The post security bill will now go forward to a voice vote in
the Senate and until now had not been able to reach this point.
The bureaucratic process and the President's signature are the
only things left before this bill goes into law and the
anti-gambling measure was attached to it.
The online gambling measure would make it illegal for banks
and credit card companies to make deposits to online gambling
sites. Currently, many banks and credit card companies already
prohibit players from using them to fund their online account,
but there are ways around this, of which both the online gaming
sites, and players have found.
Many fear gambling is a dangerous addiction that undermines
the family, dashes dreams, and frays the fabric of society.
Congress has grappled with this issue for 10 years, and during
that time we've watched this shadow industry explode.
They also say that online gambling is illegal and although
the individual player can't possibly be policed, they can ban
the financial institutions that fund and provoke this gambling.
They've been trying to pass this regulation for over 10 years
and have been unsuccessful, but now they are making headway and
the casinos and online sites will have to come up with other
creative ways for their players to fund their accounts.
The e-check process which has become a very popular funding
method, will also be included in the banning. Western Union has
also joined in on putting a stop to funding gaming sites and
even has a statement on their site and attempts to prohibit
their services from being used for such a purpose. The problem
is, however, that the sites are getting around it making it
difficult to be enforced.