Purportedly, a “Reid-Kyl Internet poker” bill exists in “draft” form, awaiting attachment to a must-pass bill in the lame-duck session. According to several news sources, the 73-page “draft” bill would legalize Internet poker. But the majority of Congress and the public are unaware of the online-gambling bill’s exact content.
What we do know is that this bill was crafted by the casino lobby, it’s being pushed by the casino lobby and it benefits the casino lobby. This legislation does not have the well-being of citizens, families or our nation in mind.
Inevitable Consequences of Internet Gambling:
- Unfettered accessibility and availability to highly addictive online gambling – will breed more gambling addiction, which is already a bigger problem than alcoholism in the U.S.
- Unsafe cyber-security – FBI confirmed that online gambling age verification for minors and children is ineffective and opens the door to fraud and money laundering
- Attracts hackers – billions of dollars’ worth of online casino transactions will attract criminal hackers working to hijack gambling sites and gamblers’ bank accounts
- Organized crime – can indirectly operate “players” and gambling sites or manipulate gambling sites to fund more crime and transfer money
- Internet gambling crimes will cost government billions of dollars to investigate and loss of manpower to resolve
- Public opposition – public opinion polls indicate that the majority of Americans don’t want Internet gambling
- Internet gambling would invade homes, schools, libraries, businesses and remote hand-held devices with Internet access
- Overstepping state borders – state laws, online gambling legal vs. illegal
- Foreign online casino operators/online gambling software hosts exporting money out of the U.S. economy
- Jeopardizes national security – potential to launder money and/or fund terrorist organizations through organized “gambler-gambler” interactions using online gambling sites
- Non- sustainable business model – online gambling sites must become enormous to keep supplying new gamblers (the “fish,” to lose money) to experienced cyber-gamblers (the “sharks”), which is a finite business model that cannot sustain itself over time
- Tying federal government to the gambling-vice market for the first time in U.S. history
The Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation has created an online-gambling fact sheet to email your U.S. Representatives and Senators to warn them about this alleged Reid-Kyl lame-duck online-gambling bill. This effort to shove Internet gambling into a must-pass bill, by Senator Reid, is very similar to the 2010 lame-duck session. As always, prevention of a problem bill beforehand is always a better strategy than treatment of the consequences in hindsight.
Dig Deeper …
- Friday 5: Chad Hills | CitizenLink
- Internet Gambling Is Irresponsible Policy | CitizenLink
- Internet gambling costs what?
- Ten Things the Gambling Industry Won’t Tell You
- 60 Minutes Tackles Internet Gambling