Should States Have Online Gambling?

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Justice Department quietly issued a legal opinion – just before a long Christmas weekend – that allows states to set up nonsports Internet gambling. The opinion upends decades of contrary decisions, but its real effect will be on the poor (and young) who suffer the most from gambling.

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<p>Obama's</a> new tax on the poor: Internet gambling by states - CSMonitor.com</p>

<p>Will online gambling be a tax on the poor, tax on the stupid, or create jobs and tax revenues for States? Isn't online gambling simply a way to permit adults to make their own decisions regarding their own money? States already have lottos.</p>

<p>As a parody NYTimes headline once read: "Heavy rain hits NYC, poor suffer the most". </p>

<p>Actually I think online should not be allowed at all but casinos with sports books should be encouraged. Sports betting is a huge underground industry. Might as well make it aboveground.</p>

<p>Agree about sportsbook, not sure of online gambling..the opportunity for being scammed or ripped off has me concerned...Hackers can cause havoc with all kinds of online stuff, what would prevent them from doing such on gambling sites</p>

<p>I've never understood why online gambling was banned. If you want to gamble, why should the government be able to tell you you can't (provided that you're a legal adult)?</p>

<p>Online gambling is already tainted...</p>

<p>I do not like the idea of legalized online gambling...</p>

<p>U.S</a>. attorney charges poker sites for operating Ponzi scheme - Sep. 20, 2011</p>

<p>""Full Tilt was not a legitimate poker company, but a global Ponzi scheme," said Bharara, in a press release. "Full Tilt insiders lined their own pockets with funds picked from the pockets of their most loyal customers while blithely lying to both players and the public alike about the safety and security of the money deposited with the company."</p>

<p>"... provided that you're a legal adult"</p>

<p>Let's see ... underage kids drink alcohol illegally, take drugs illegally, drive illegally, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Illegal gambling using a credit card "borrowed" from Mom or Dad? They'd never do that, would they?</p>

<p>Connecticut has casino gambling, and the state has enough of an addiction problem that there is a state agency to help problem gamblers. The state also has plenty of sad stories of embezzlement from churches, employers, etc. in order to cover legal gambling losses. So "No Thanks" to online gambling IMHO. I agree that sports books are better off above ground. Las Vegas has shown that this can be done as a legal enterprise. I'd say just add it to the Lotto apparatus. Underage? Sorry kid, can't take the bet.</p>

<p>The problem I have with online gambling is the same problem I have with computerizing medical records or driver's license databanks online.</p>

<p>It makes misuse on a massive scale too incredibly easy.</p>

<p>If a person wants to drive to a casino and lose all their family's money, ok. However, being able to sit in your pajamas at home and lose all your family's money seems to tempt fate too much for me.</p>

<p>Call me illogical, but that's my opinion and I'm sticking with it.</p>

<p>You're right, Newhope. Let's ban everything because some people break the law.</p>

<p>Is this going to be a money raiser for states? I remember when the lotto was supposed to raise all kinds of money for education. It never really happened. </p>

<p>I don't understand the lure of gambling. I understand a short stay in Vegas with it's glitz and one of a kind place appeal. I do not understand the lure of gambling anywhere else. There is nothing more depressing than seeing bored looking people sitting at slot machines, losing money, smoking and drinking.</p>

<p>^^ Wow romanigypsyeyes ... where did that come from?</p>

<p>I don't look bored playing Blackjack or VP,don't smoke,have an occassional drink, and actually at times... Enjoy gambling at a casino, not sure i'd partake online</p>

<p>You will never know what is behind an ONLINE gambling joint.</p>

<p>The owners can program some thing to run against the outsiders so they can profit. I tried Full Tilt Poker before they took it down, when I run it as a demo, it let you "win" a lot of "points". But when I use the real money, it eats you up alive. I would not trust those sites other than play "demo" mode.</p>

<p>Artloversplus, thanks for confirming my fears about online poker</p>