Efforts to Legalize Online Gambling Again in the USA
The lobbying efforts to obtain Online Poker legalized in the united kingdom are only getting stronger. Poker lobbyists are backed by the multi-million dollar offshore gambling companies which are situated in Antigua, Malta and other foreign sanctuaries. The lobbying efforts have prevailed to some degree with the Obama administration agreeing to delay the implementation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) til June 2010. It's given some reprieve to online gaming operators who argue when gaming is regularized in the United States it might generate billions of dollars of tax for the Administration. However not absolutely all are convinced. Opponents argue that online gambling would increase crime rate, threaten children and increase the general percentage of Americans hooked on gambling. Some of the major opponents are National Football League, Give attention to the Family and Republican Senators like Jon Kyl from Arizona.
The primary support for legalizing online gambling are from Rep. Barney Frank (Mass.) and other Democrats who are leaving no stone unturned to legalize online gambling in the United States. Till this time online gaming lobbyists have spent significantly more than $4 million in lobbying efforts to convince lawmakers that prohibition of online gaming is not a great idea. Other supporters include former Republican senator Alfonse M. D'Amato (N.Y.), chairman of the Poker Players Alliance who is the Chairman of the Poker Players Alliance. The Poker Players Alliance has 1.2 million members and funded by the Interactive Gaming Council, a Canada-based trade group for offshore gambling firms. John Papas, Executive Director of the Poker Players Alliance feels that prohibition is not planning to flourish in any of the objectives for which it is intended. Another strong supporter of online gambling is Richard A. Gephardt whose firm is lobbying for PokerStars, a big poker gambling firm situated in the Isle of Man.
The opposition to online gaming is also very vociferous and strong. It provides the four major US sports leagues, religious groups and some casinos. Their argument states that online gambling and poker will take gambling right to the living rooms of Americans which is really a dangerous proposition. It is fair so long as gambling is confined to'brick and mortar'casinos or even a lottery store. In US online gambling is illegal under a 1961 law that has been focused on bookies using telephone lines for taking bets. The UIGEA is aimed to iron out any ambiguities that are present with Internet gambling. The new law will prevent banks from accepting credit card payments, checks or some other form of electronic payment linked to online gambling. However, the hard lobbying by Poker Alliance and even the financial institutions has put it on hold til June'10. Though the Obama administration is officially neutral on the issue, it must be viewed which direction the boat sails after June.