Originally Posted by juiceeQ
What 13 year old do you know that has their own credit card? It's one thing for them to buy candy and soda pop with their baby-sitting/lawn mowing/paper route money, but who's credit card do you think they will be using to play poker online? Mom and Dad's.
But don't get me wrong. I think that is a parenting issue and not a governmental one. I don't like the idea of Uncle Sam getting his fingers into any of my personal business. As it is now, the government has it's nose in our business far too much.
I just wanted to point out the flaw in that one argument. But I totally agree with you at the same time on the other points.
I think we agree here, I'm just taking it a step further. I'm saying what you say here is right, but EVEN IF IT WEREN'T, it shouldn't matter. I guess 13's a bit far, but I played online before 18. The transfer funds and having friends who play and are over 18 is a great thing (and I think the statute of limitations is up on that, and I always lost it all, so no jail for me ). The point is though, if at any age, 13 or 16, I can go to the store and get a ton of candy no questions asked (which I totally support), why can that same kid, who obviously has ownership of the money if he can spend it on other things, can't spend his or her own money on poker, in a casino or online?
Every purchase is a gamble. I pay a dollar for a candy bar gambling on the fact that the pleasure of eating it will be worth a dollar. I just think it's wrong to tell someone how to spend their own money. If they can't be responsible with their money, they're going to lose it somehow, and it's the parents job to teach their kid money management. So even if credit cards were widespread among 13 year olds, I would still support online gambling being totally legal and unregulated, and I would support the 13 year-olds being allowed by the government to play. If their parents say no, it's a no. They know best. But if a parent wants to teach the kid some lessons about money with poker? That's illegal. I think that's wrong.