Politicians Want to Protect us From the Evils of On-Line Gambling Part 1

This is part 1 of a multipart series of articles regarding proposed anti-gambling legislation. In this article I discuss the proposed legislation, what the politicians say it does, some facts about the current state of online gambling, and what the bills really propose.The legislators are trying to protect us from something, or are they? The whole thing seems a little confusing to say the least.The House, and the Senate, are once again considering the issue of “Online Gambling”. Bills have been submitted by Congressmen Goodlatte and Leach, and also by Senator Kyl.The bill being put forward by Rep. Goodlatte has the stated intention of updating the Wire Act to outlaw all forms of online gambling, to make it illegal for a gambling business to accept credit and electronic transfers, and to force ISPs and Common Carriers to block access to gambling related sites at the request of law enforcement.Just as does Rep. Goodlatte, Sen. Kyl, in his bill, Prohibition on Funding of Unlawful Internet Gambling, makes it illegal for gambling businesses to accept credit cards, electronic transfers, checks and other forms of payment, but his bill does not address the placement of bets.The bill submitted by Rep. Leach, The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, is basically a copy of the bill submitted by Sen. Kyl. It focuses on preventing gambling businesses from accepting credit cards, electronic transfers, checks, and other payments, and like the Kyl bill makes no changes to what is currently legal.According to Rep. Goodlatte “While gambling is currently illegal in the United States unless regulated by the states, the development of the Internet has made gambling easily accessible. It is common for illegal gambling businesses to operate freely until law enforcement finds and stops them.”In fact, American courts have determined that the Wire Act makes only Sports Betting illegal, and even then only across telephone lines. Very few states have laws that make online gambling illegal, some states and Tribes have taken steps to legalize online gambling, and even the Federal government recognizes some forms of online gambling as being legal.Goodlatte himself says his bill “cracks down on illegal gambling by updating the Wire Act to cover all forms of interstate gambling and account for new technologies. Under current federal law, it is unclear whether using the Internet to operate a gambling business is illegal”.Goodlatte’s bill however does not “cover all forms of interstate gambling” as he claims, but instead carves out exemptions for several forms of online gambling such as state lotteries, bets on horse racing, and fantasy sports. Even then, his modifications to the Wire Act do not make online gambling illegal, they make it illegal for a gambling business to accept online bets where a person risks something of value “upon the outcome of a contest of others, a sporting event, or a game predominantly subject to chance”, except of course if it is a state lottery, horse race, fantasy sports, or one of a few other situations.The truth of the matter is that most online gambling businesses have located in other countries specifically to avoid the gray area that is the current state of online gambling in the US. As a result, there is little that law enforcement can do to enforce these laws. Trying to make the laws tougher, and providing for stiffer penalties, will not make them easier to enforce.As well, most, if not all, banks and credit card companies refuse to transfer money to an online gambling business now, as a result of pressure from the federal government. As a result, alternative payment systems sprang up to fill the void.Senator Kyl is equally misleading in his statements. From his proposed bill, “Internet gambling is primarily funded through personal use of payment system instruments, credit cards, and wire transfers.” But as we already know, most credit cards in the U.S. refuse attempts to fund a gambling account.Also from the Kyl bill, “Internet gambling is a growing cause of debt collection problems for insured depository institutions and the consumer credit industry.” If the credit card companies and other financial institutions in the U.S are not allowing the funding of gambling, how can it be “a growing cause of debt collection problems”. And since when do we need legislation in order for the financial industry to protect itself from high risk debt. If the financial industry was accepting gambling debts and these gambling charges were a problem for them, wouldn’t they just stop accepting them?Like Rep. Gooddlatte, Rep. Leach and Senator Kyl carve out exemptions for betting on horse racing, for fantasy sports and for buying and selling securities. Unlike Rep. Goodlatte however, Rep. Leach and Sen. Kyl do not exempt state lotteries from their prohibition of online gambling.In the next article, I will begin to cover some of the issues raised by politicians who are against online gambling, and provide a different perspective to their rhetoric.

Are You Up For an Action Or Adventure Online Game?

There are many online games available on the internet. Any of them are great to escape from the reality of everyday life for a while. Action and adventure online games are very popular. You have to decide if you are keen to try sailing the high seas with a pirate crew or try riding a motorcycle through a flaming hoop or the adventure of trudging through forests, living on an island or taking over the business world.Now, you need a good computer system which can handle a serious gaming situation. There could be nothing more frustrating than to be on the winning streak of a pirate fight at sea and vvoom…… your computer freezes.There are varying game sites available to choose. Some sites offer a free basic membership, some sites offer a fairly cheap membership, some sites offer a more expensive membership and some sites offer a free trial period before you have the option of signing up for a paid membership. Basically you get what you pay for. The more expensive the membership is the more rewarding and exciting the game is eg for your great fantasy adventure a free account could give you basic weaponry and your game is more likely to be based on sheer luck and a paid membership could provide you with more heavily armed opponents. It is a good idea to understand what you get with a free membership and paid membership before starting any account. If the site requires a paid membership then you need to be aware of whether it is a monthly subscription, a one off payment or a pay per play game, and how much the costs are.Another point to consider when choosing online games to play is the frequency you will play. This may impact the cost you are willing to pay. If you are only going to play once a month then it will not be worth your while paying a monthly fee. If you aim to play often then it would be little point in playing the pay per play games. Free sites or pay per play sites are great for the infrequent or new gamers and a monthly membership is great for the frequent gamers.When you search out a game you will land on a page that should give you information on points such as requirements of the game, ratings of the game, how to play the game and more. If you have young players interested in action or adventure online games, check it out for suitability.Lastly, these online games of adventure and action are fun, exciting and great for hand / eye coordination and overall mental health. Studies have shown that these games help exercise the brain which is just as important as physical exercise to your overall health and well being.So what you should do now is decide if you are up for an action or adventure online game to stimulate your mind in your free time.

7 Poker Tips to Help You Win Money at the Table

Poker is a very popular game that is played by many people around the world. The reason why poker is so addictive and popular is because you can actually win money with it.In this article, let me share with you some poker tips that can improve your game. By following these tips, you will become a better player and therefore win more money at the table.1. Pay attention to what is happening on the table. A good poker player will always pay attention to the cards on the table. You need to be aware of the situation so that you can come up with effective strategies to counter your opponents.2. Do not play too many hands. Play fewer hands and do not be tempted by any face card. Although sometimes a face card may look tempting, it does not worth the effort at all.3. When you are in a bad mood, do not play. Remember that you should always play poker when you are in a good mood. When you play poker in a bad mood, you will let your emotion takes control, not your head. You will make bad decisions that you normally won’t make and end up losing money.4. When you are drunk, do not play. Even if you are not fully drunk, you should not play. Because alcohol will cause you to make bad decision.5. Do not stay in a hand simply because you have put money into it. If you know you have a bad hand, let it be beaten. Do not think that just because you have already committed money to the pot, you should try your luck. The money that you put into a pot is no longer yours unless you win it. Therefore, if you know you have a bad hand, do not put more money into the losing pot.6. Only play with money that you can afford to lose. Before you start playing at a table, you should determine your money limit. Do not be afraid to walk away if it is a bad day for you.7. Bluff at the right moment. Do not bluff just for the sake of bluffing. If you bluff at the wrong times, you can end up losing money. So analyse the game and determine the time to bluff. Although bluffing is an exciting poker technique, it is not necessarily that you must always use it in order to win money. There are times that you can win money without bluffing.Hope that you will bear these poker tips in mind and become a better player.


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