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Technology Advances, and Argument for Legalization Does Too

By admin, Jan 9th 2010

Those who actively campaign for the legalization of online casino gambling continue to gather evidence, and they also continue to gather more ammunition at their disposal.

Undoubtedly there is a financial benefit to communities who choose to adopt standards for the legalization of all forms of gaming. That which is played on the Web stands out as a glowing example of this.

A study that was conducted by major accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers and released almost a year ago revealed that if online gambling were to be legalized in the United States, it would produce up to $63 billion over a ten-year period in taxes that can be applied to education and local government services.

This was not bad news for those people trying to stave off implementation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which got pushed back from December of 2009 to June of 2010. Thus, it allows proponents of online gambling legalization and regulation, rather than banishment, to take advantage of extra time to lobby legislators with increased evidence that online gambling can produce substantial tax revenues in this economy.

There is another twist that was added to the mix recently.

A technology that had been produced by Kenilworth Systems Corporation, was recently tested, in which players engaged in online gambling using live results from a roulette wheel at the Sousa Grand Casino in the Dominican Republic. What the manufacturers are demonstrating is that internet gaming can be easily integrated with land-based casinos, thus reducing certain suspicions in the software that seem to be on legislators' minds, and presumably, that the land-based gaming community, which as at times opposed the virtual casino world simply because it offers competition, can easily get into the game.

"The live in-progress roulette test..., viewed globally, has now passed the first month and thousands that have played at the table have proven that online gaming is a viable, profitable business," said Kenilworth CEO Herbert Lindo.

The Internet Gambling Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act, which was introduced by Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts, would legalize and regulate online gambling in the United States, with certain provisions that would place restrictions on activities like sports betting. The bill has received considerable support from the poker community, and in particular from the Poker Players Alliance, which brings up the point that poker is not a game where players compete against the house, but in fact is more of a "skill game."


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