Gambling Issues

DoJ, FBI, USA, Seem Ignorant of All Internet Gambling Issues

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Our efforts to get a response from the Department of Justice has proved futile the past two days. Our reporters have been calling incessantly trying to get an answer to the question: what is going on with the UIGEA regulations?

Most interns and workers at the Department of Justice who phoned our calls knew little about the pending regulations, or even that there were pending regulations. Not one person in the DoJ could give us any educated response as to when and if regulations will be in place to control banks and other financial institutions from processing money transfers to and from illegal Internet gambling sites as the UIGEA demands of them.

When we cited the bill specifically, our calls were routed to the White House at 202-741-6043, which also led to a dead end. We were then directed to the Federal Reserve, which controls banking, and we received similar responses (none). At one point we were directed to a web page that is hosted by the FBI, which also did not have any answers, just old rhetoric about how Internet gambling is illegal, how you could go gamble anywhere in the country, just not online.

JTodd, Perspectives Weekly host, called the FBI two weeks ago about that page and he received similar uneducated responses.

It currently appears that no one in the government has any idea what is going on from any angle regarding the online gambling industry. Whether it be about the WTO trade violations, the passing of the UIGEA, the legitimacy of business in the industry, or even protections allotted to problem and underage gamblers, the United States government appears ignorant.

There is currently a court date set in New Jersey to hear a case for a repeal of the UIGEA. iMEGA, who is suing the DoJ and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over the unpopular law, claims it is unconstitutional by the 1st and 10th amendments. Experts believe their case is strong, however the results of them winning their case would be mere speculation.

UIGEA Rules

Democrats Preparing To Overturn Published UIGEA Rules

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The first steps towards regulating the Internet gambling industry are already being taken by Democrats in the House and Senate. One of the first tasks for the incoming administration appears to be overturning some of the last legislation that President Bush’s administration passed.

Of note to the online gaming industry in the US is the UIGEA rules that were recently published. The rules have been criticized by legal experts that believe the government still has done nothing to make Internet gambling illegal in the US.

In Washington, there is already talk about examining closely some of the last pieces of legislation that President Bush signed in to law. The UIGEA falls into that category.

“Congress is going to have to roll up its sleeves and review these midnight regulations because it’s clear that they are part of a desire for the administration, as it heads out the door, to put some ideological trophies on the wall,” said Ron Wyden, Oregon Senator, to the New York Times.

While the UIGEA rules will not be the only legislation that is examined, it will be one of the major areas of focus. Ever since the Republicans adopted the UIGEA in 2006, Democrat Barney Frank has been trying to rally members of the House to overturn it.

Frank and several other representatives have been spreading the idea that what the US needs is regulation of the Internet gambling industry, and not a ban. Frank believes that the proper regulation could bring the US millions of dollars in taxes and revenue from online gambling companies.

The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, and the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, are both backing the idea of reviewing the last minute legislation of the outgoing administration. They both feel some of the legislation needs to be overturned, but concluded that it mus be President-elect Obama who sets the pace for when that is done.

Sports Gambling

Delaware Legislature Closing In On Legalized Sports Gambling

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While other states are considering legislation to legalize different forms of casino gambling, the state of Delaware is about to set the bar even higher. Legislators in the state are strongly considering legalizing sports betting.

On the East Coast, people have to fly across the country to Las Vegas if they want to legally put money on a sporting event. That might no longer be the case if politicians in Delaware achieve their goals this session.

House Speaker Bob Gilligan is among those that believe sports betting could be approved, and if so, he tells Delaware Online that, “If we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it quickly.”

The odds would be tilted even farther away from the gambler than they are in Las Vegas. If Delaware does legalize sports gambling, it will be in the form of parlays. That means people will have to bet on multiple games in order to win.

The new governor of the state, Jack Markell, is unsure where he stands on the issue. He claims that he needs to know more of the details before making an informed decision on whether he will support the legislation.

This is not the first battle involving gambling in the state. Recently, Delaware has brought slot machines to the area, and also a lottery. Now that they have started, many politicians believe they might as well go all the way and offer something that neighboring states do not.

Six State Agencies Assist in Gambling Bust That Nets Three Arrests

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When authorities get together and want to crack down on a certain area of lawbreaking, they usually succeed. that is the case in Amarillo, Texas, where it took six state agencies to break up an illegal slot gambling operation.

The operation, which ended in search warrants being executed on Saturday night, netted three arrests. Five different facilities were raided in gathering evidence against the three people arrested.

The illegal gambling was taking place at the Toot-N-Totum, and it is estimated that up to 100 people were playing the illegal eight liner slots on some nights. The authorities are claiming that up to six more people could be arrested.

The operation made up what police felt was the largest illegal slot gambling operation in Amarillo. The investigation began after gamblers and neighbors of the Toot-N-Totum gave police the leads to what was taking place.

In all, it took Amarillo Police, the Potter and Randall County Sheriff Offices, the FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Texas Department of Safety to serve the search warrants and make the three arrests.

It is estimated that over $150,000 was confiscated during the raids. Stolen guns, cars, electronics, and drugs were also seized by authorities.

Problem Gambler

Court In Indiana Holds Problem Gambler Accountable For Her Bets

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It has become somewhat of a common practice in the US that problem gamblers end up going after the casinos where they lost their money. In order to try and recover, or worse, not pay, their debts, the gamblers sue the casino.

In Indiana, Jenny Kephart counter-sued Caesars Indiana after the casino sued the woman for $125,000 were of bets that she did not pay. The casino had extended her credit, but then Kephart did not pay the bill.

Her counter-suit argument was based on the idea that she was a gambling addict and that the casino specifically sought her out after she received a $1 million inheritance. The Indiana Court of Appeals did not agree with that viewpoint.

“While Kephart lost the money she wagered, it is an injury that she chose to risk incurring,” the court, which voted 2-1 against her complaint, said in the written ruling. “She wagered her money to purchase a chance to win even more. Indeed, it is extremely unlikely that she would have brought suit had she won her wagers.”

The casino, which now runs under the name Horseshoe Southern Indiana, was pleased with the decision, but the legal battle may not be over. Lawyers for Kephart still have the option to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.

One of the main reasons the court ruled against Kephart had to do with a self-exclusion program. Kephart could have asked the casino to ban her from playing, at which point they would not have been allowed, under law, to promote themselves to her.