re: Poker & Is online poker legal ... in your jurisdiction?
Originally Posted by carjaw
On a deeper note - why is it illegal in some / many jurisdictions? Particularly the US? As I understand it - the UIGEA was required because the Internet means that it is likely that far more people will incur a problem with their gambling because of the factors such as anonymity, accessibility, 24 / 7 play, no interruptions.
That's usually the official reason, yes.
Practically, though, in most cases the issue is either catering to special interests (brick and mortar casinos) or maintaining the fiscal revenues from state monopolies.
The French case is interesting. Historically, the state monopoly (Française des jeux) has always been completely shameless in its marketing to increase its player base, including the launch of games specifically targeting children using cartoon characters, automatic lottery ticket dispensers, lotteries awarding prizes every 5 minutes and the likes.
Now that the European Union is finally forcing France
to give up on its monopoly and open up competition on the internet, there will actually introduce some responsible gambling restrictions which will make many practises of the state company illegal.
Of course, for the last few years the French goverment was defending its monopoly as a way to protect potential problem gamblers. Isn't it funny that they will actually be better protected once the monopoly disappears?