May 25, 2006


Bill to Ban Gambling Online Gets 4th Chance (Frank Ahrens, 5/25/06, Washington Post)

Online poker players will have to fold their hands if a Virginia congressman gets his way.

Today, the House Judiciary Committee will mark up a bill introduced by Rep. Robert W. Goodlatte (R) that would ban much online gambling, including bets on sporting events and games of chance -- namely poker, which has enjoyed a boom in recent years.

The legislation could get an unexpected boost from the Jack Abramoff scandal. The disgraced lobbyist was key to blocking one of Goodlatte's three previous attempts to ban Internet gambling, and backlash over corruption charges could help the current effort. [...]

"I am a big advocate of opening up the Internet to all kinds of legitimate uses," said Goodlatte, who is co-chairman of the Congressional Internet Caucus. "But we don't want the Internet to become the Wild West of the 21st century." Goodlatte said he opposes gambling because it leads to "a whole host of ills in society."

If you want to bet see a bookie.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 25, 2006 1:07 PM

The bookies are starving up here! This bill is important. Kids, loners and desperate housewives are dumping tons of money into these sites and the poker games are the home of collaborating cheaters.

Posted by: Patrick H at May 25, 2006 3:28 PM

Why? I don't see humans for most of my other financial transactions.

On the other hand, maybe this is a plan to boost employment in other countries so that we have fewer immigrants.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at May 25, 2006 5:30 PM