As you may have heard, Congress has taken a big step toward banning most online gambling.
Instead of trying to outlaw gambling sites, which would be impossible to do since almost all are outside of the jurisdiction of any law enforcement agencies, they are trying to make processing or handling payments illegal. Theoretically, that would leave gambling sites in a neutral state.
What will happen, though, if online gambling is made illegal? The first reaction would be to think that online gambling is just as addictive as gambling in a casino. Put another way, if the government can say that online gambling is just as illegal as gambling in a casino, what guarantees do they offer that people will not opt to visit those sites to wager their money?
Will you simply stop going to your favorite online gambling site? Consider this – in countries where online gambling is illegal, some people still gamble at online casinos. Surely, there are many online casinos that offer games that you can play for free, or even for very low stakes. If those sites are unable to operate because of the law, then surely, some of those sites that remain will simply be holding private tables for its gamblers.
The second possible reaction to the news that online gambling is illegal would be to answer the question, rather than engage in online gambling. This would effectively license those sites, and perhaps encourage the general gambling population to patronize them instead. After all, why would anyone willingly participate in something that is uncomfortable, boring, and need of very much up-manship? Tombola’s decision to pull out of the U.S. market may push other online casinos offline, as well as hurt the various online gambling companies, who will be all but forced to find somewhere else to get their funds, all while taking a massive hit on their reputation and brand.
However, this is really the only possible outcome. The U.S. government has effectively tied its hands by specifically targeting online gambling sites. It is, essentially, impossible to satisfy both Big Brother and Big Bet when it comes to certain types of transactions. And while online casinos and internet gaming may not be as graphic in their gambling content as other forms of gambling, can you imagine what the reaction would be if they were deemed to be the equivalent of a drug dealer? It is safe to say that the general public would be a very rattled place if online gambling were deemed illegal.
All stated, there will always be exceptions. For Big Poker fans, there will always be a boatload of opportunity to wager on the Little Slick. For Big Poker fans, there will always be a boatload of opportunity to wager on the Little Slick. For Big Poker fans, there will always be a boatload of opportunity to wager on the Little Slick.
It will be an incredibly difficult time for online Naga303, especially if the U.S. begins to tax online gambling earnings. It will force many companies to pull out of the American market, bringing even more exposure to European market leaders who are willing to cater to the American market.