Betting Against Online Gambling By: Megan Frankowski Section 605 From Casinos to Computers In an era marked by computers, gambling has easily spread from casinos to the internet. Internet gambling is at least a $200 million-per-year business.
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"For addicts, net gambling is the great rock-candy mountain. It's like an alcoholic being given a bathroom in which the taps run with iced vodka."
- The Guardian Unlimited
"People are betting billions of dollars online and they've no idea who they're giving their money to. They could be betting with the Mafia, for all they know."
- Dr. Howard Schaeffer, Harvard Center for Addictive Studies
Although most states allow some form of
gambling activities, many seek to prohibit online gambling
because of the following dangers unique
to online gambling:
1. The potential for fraud over the Internet.
2. Children's access to gambling sites.
3. An increase in gambling addictions.
4. The need to preserve state revenues
generated from legally enforced
(and state-run) gambling operations.
Federal statues that apply to online gambling:
Ahrens, Frank. “U.S. Outlaws Internet Gambling.” 14 October 2006. The Washington Post. 11 November 2006. <http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003303999/gambling14.html>
Holahan, Catherine. “Against Online Gambling.” 12 July 2006. BusinessWeek.com. 11 November 2006.<http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/jul2006>
McCullagh, Declan. “House Bets Against Online Gambling.” 6 May 2003. CNET News.com. 11 November 2006. <http://news.com/onlinegambling.html>
Richtel, Matt. “U.S. Threatens Action Against Online Gambling.” 15 March 2004. The New York Times. 11 November 2006. <http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/15/technology>
Wenzel, Elsa. “Odds Go Against Online Gambling.” 11 June 2003. Medill News Service. 11 November 2006. <PDThttp://www.pcworld.com/article/id,111129-page,1/article.html>