Essay about Internet Gambling

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Brandon Bordwine
Professor Ramey

Online Poker and Internet Gambling In this paper I will be discussing the issues of online poker and Gambling. The wire act was implemented in September of 2011 by the Federal Government and this made it illegal to transfer money online for the purpose of gambling. In 2007, the head of the FBI's Cyber Crime Fraud unit, Leslie Bryant, issued a stern warning to Americans: "You can go to Vegas. You can go to Atlantic City. You can go to a racetrack. You can go to those places and gamble legally. But don't do it online. It's against the law." (POKER FACE Business Source Complete). Four years later, the U.S. Department of Justice unsealed indictments against the online poker
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Federal law does not say whether poker, a game in which skill is more important than luck, qualifies as gambling, let alone illegal gambling. The U.S. Justice Department argued that online poker was illegal under the Wire Act of 1961, which prohibits using "a wire communication facility" to accept bets "on any sporting event or contest. When the feds starting busting these websites many poker players had their money frozen in the accounts for up to a year. Pokerstars is considered the best poker website, because it averages 10,000 in traffic on a regular basis. As of right now, Poker stars doesn’t accept US players, but has recently entered the market in New Jersey. This leads me to believe that poker will become legal again in the US one state at a time, just like Marijuana. This could lead to another poker boom, which would be simply amazing.
Roughly 80 countries have legalized online gambling including Canada. Federal legislation could provide a way for regulating and taxing foreign operators in order to protect players it would also clear up the grey area with the Wire Act and other federal laws to online gaming. Online casinos like to real in young people by offering them free money or even offer deposit bonuses. There are Websites as of right now that operate and accept US players like Bodog and Americas Card Room. Most banks will not process payments to online gambling websites, but these sites use clever ways to disguise

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