The Latest Developments on the US Gambling Ban
One of the touchiest subjects, at least for anyone now living
in the United States, is that of online gambling. While being
federally illegal for a long time, technically and
controversially, it has widely been ignored by federal law
enforcement officers. There has been no enforcement of online
gambling laws and therefore online gambling has gone virtually
unchecked in the United States.
Recently though there has been a push to categorically outlaw
the practice and provide penalties to companies that provide an
online gambling service to United States residents. Some of the
latest developments on the US gambling ban is the continued
pressure on offshore online gambling facilities on islands such
as Antigua and Barbados. What many of the employees of these
companies fear is that if the US cracks down on online gambling
a significant portion of their revenue will be lost causing
unemployment throughout these small countries.
This is unfortunately a possible reality if legislation does
go through that effectively stops all online gambling in the
United States. US residents are addicted to online gambling, it
seems, and contribute a substantial portion of the revenue going
into the coffers of the online gambling industry.
Another one of the latest developments on the US gambling ban is
the steps that the World Trade Organization is taking to stop
just such legislation. There is an argument that halting online
gambling would be a violation of free trade. This is certainly
is not advantageous politically and is something that the
current US administration would certainly not like to be
regarded as being involved in.
There are arguments on both sides of the fence and any player
currently living in the United States that has a penchant for
online gambling would be well advised to stay tuned for the
latest developments on the US gambling ban.
Posted: April 24, 2007