Nevada Passes Judi Bola Online Gaming Bill

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Nevada lawmakers on Monday passed historic legislation that paves the way for legalized online gambling in the state.

The bill, which had been making its way through the state legislature over recent weeks, was caught last week in a legislative roadblock that threatened to kill the initiative. But hard work by its supporters and an effort to join the bill with another piece of legislature ultimately proved successful.

Senators voted 17-4 in favor of the Internet wagering measure, which had been attached to a work card bill for gaming employees to ensure its success. The bill then moved on to the governor’s office, where Governor Kenny Guinn is expected to give it the final stamp of approval in the next few days.

Opponents of the bill argued that the $500,000 licensing fees would prevent smaller casinos from entering the lucrative online gaming market. But supporters claim that the high price of entry will ensure that only reputable companies launch Internet gaming ventures.

Proponents of the bill have long argued that Nevada has a duty to lead the way in the growing field of online gaming. Bill Bible, president of the Nevada Resort Association, noted that, “The important thing is that [the bill] maintains Nevada’s leadership in legalized gaming throughout the world.”

This does not open the doors for the immediate launch of online casinos, however. The Nevada Gaming Commission must now draft and adopt a strict set of regulations before it was even in a position to offer Internet gambling licenses. That process could take anywhere from 18 to 24 months.

The state will also have to deal with the U.S. Department of Justice, which views online wagering as illegal. Brick-and-mortar casinos wanting to cash in on the highly lucrative online gaming market will likely challenge that position, however.

Stay tuned to WINNERonline.com for reactions from the interested parties as this story continues to develop.

Net Gambling’s Roller Coaster Ride

The past week has been a bit of a roller coaster ride in the world of online Judi Bola Online gambling, filled with a very significant high and a series of stomach-turning lows.

On the positive side, Nevada has finally given its approval to Internet gambling. The decision comes after months of wrangling, votes, near-collapses of the motion, and a final triumphant vote on Monday. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law in the next few days, opening the door for Nevada to be the first U.S. state to offer legal Internet wagering.

But there have also been a number of screaming drops that will make it more difficult to gamble online.

The first low came in California, where the state assembly last week approved a bill that will make Internet wagering a crime for Californians. Online casino companies will also be held liable for offering their services to Californians.

According to Assemblyman Dario Frommer, the bill’s author, the legislation will allow state and local prosecutors to “go after offshore gaming interests and make sure they are not taking advantage of our residents here.” The people of California must be thanking that someone is keeping them safe.

Things also appear to be moving backwards in Oregon. State legislators last week approved a bill that is intended to curb online gambling by making it more difficult to collect gaming debts.

The measure, which passed by a vote of 57-2, prohibits the collection of gambling debts through credit card payments, checks, or electronic fund transfers.

The ban will likely have more of an effect on credit card companies than casinos, however. Credit providers will be reluctant to allow Oregonians to make casino charges the companies won’t be able to collect on.

The final piece of bad news comes from a credit card company. Discover Card has just announced that it will no longer be processing transactions from online gambling sites. (Visa and MasterCard pulled the plug on gambling charges earlier this year.)

The decision comes on the heels of a lawsuit against Discover, launched by a player who racked up a $70,000 gambling debt. The man’s lawyer argued that the company was responsible for allowing the man to rack up the bill, rather than blaming the man for spending money he didn’t have.

According to the lawyer, “The greater evil is the credit card companies trying to make money off of people gambling online.”

The reality of the situation, however, is that this was likely an attempt to avoid paying the debt. Online gambling just proved to be a handy scapegoat.

But regardless of who was responsible, Discover will cease to do business with all online casinos rather than screen users. And that seems to be the way things are going all over the place.

The very nature of the Internet makes it difficult for both casinos and credit card companies to verify players’ locations. And as a result, they will stop offering their services to U.S. players and casinos, respectively, rather than risking lawsuits and fines.

The irony of this entire situation is that more than half of all online gamblers in the world are from the U.S. And that number doesn’t seem to be dwindling – in spite of the fact that it is illegal for residents of all 50 states to gambling on the Internet.

The reality of the situation is that American players will continue to gamble online, offshore casinos will still allow Americans to play, and Americans will find other ways to deposit money into their casino accounts. So while the credit card companies may have gotten off the ride, there are still lots of people who want to go for another spin.

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