re: Poker & Standing up for legalized Internet gambling
Quote "A challenge we face is responding to opponents of Internet gambling who claim that legalization will lead to an increase in problem gambling."
It's a shame someone didn't take this view regarding guns in america, every kid has one.
I think this point has been proved in several sectors that legalizing something doesn't create more problems. I remember seeing a documentary once on a country (cant remember which one) which didn't exactly legalize the use of club drugs eg:ecstacy etc...but regulated it, fliers were given out at clubs and members of drug agencies were at the club doors supplying clubbers if they really wanted it but they also gave out the information of the dangers of each drug. Turned out that actually less people wanted to use them and it also resulted in less drug related deaths in teens.
I also remember some trying to use the same argument in the UK when the pubs started to have the option of opening 24hrs a day, many saying there will be more drink/drive offences blah blah...actually there was more offences before because everyone drunk as much as they could an hour before closing time, now they can take their time knowing there is no "chucking out time".
Personally I think legalizing online gambling as well as online poker (skill game, not gambling) would result in less crime. How many people get robbed coming or going to a casino, how many people get arrested drinking and driving coming away from a casino? Not a problem if you let them gamble online, and it saves gas/petrol.
Hey it's just my 2cents worth, what do I know?