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Benefits of Legalized Online Gambling

It isn’t all that surprising; in a recent poll, 67% of Americans expressed support for the legalization of online gambling. One of the largest online poker rooms, Party Poker, reports that nearly 87% of its online casino and online poker revenues come from the U.S. So why is it that online casinos are still considered illegal there? If there is public support for internet casinos, why do the politicians express distaste and outright hostility to casino operators? It is hard for many regular people to understand the disconnect on this of all issues, but perhaps the bigger question is why aren’t the people of the United States calling their representatives on it?

If online casino gambling is indeed as popular in the United States as the polling numbers and financial records demonstrate, and the government is working to deny Americans the ability to engage in such online leisure activities as gambling at an internet casino, bingo hall, or poker room…why aren’t Americans expressing their displeasure at the government’s intrusion into how they spend their money in a way that is legal in Nevada, Atlantic City, and on Indian reservations? This issue cannot simply be swept under the rug by stating the obvious or conjectural, that online casino operators unregulated or not subject to U.S. laws pose some sort of danger to Americans.

The potential contributions to the American economy should online casino gambling be legalized is estimated to be in the billions of dollars, yet the politicians are intent on stifling this growing, young sector of the greater gambling industry seemingly out of spite. Sure, there are genuine concerns about consumer protections and regulations, but U.S. officials would be wiser to co-opt online casino operators rather than shun them if they are truly concerned about Americans gambling without protections over the internet.

OCA News Editor

With a background in game development spanning 8 years, Sam Peterson is OCA’s leading authority in the world of online gaming. His focuses include new releases and gaming providers.