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Online Casino sites take on Goodlatte

Several organizations and individuals associated with the online casino industry have spoken out recently against Senator Bob Goodlatte’s bill that proposes to ban online casino sites in the U.S. Among them is the Gambling Portal Webmasters Association (GPWA), which has initiated a campaign to fight the proposed act. The group is trying to muster support to lobby against the bill by starting a petition available at several popular online casino sites.

Ken Blechdom, president of a well known online casino information site, believes the anti-gambling bill will fail, comparing the attempts to ban online casino sites with the 1920’s prohibition. Others say that even if the bill is successful in passing through the U.S. Senate, political differences between rival factions will ensure the end result of Goodlatte’s online casino legislation is a watered down version of the original.

While gambling at online casino sites is illegal in the U.S., several recent surveys have pointed out that the majority of Americans support the establishment of local online casino sites and believe the federal government should not play a role in determining which recreation activities are legally acceptable.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.