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Three of the largest online poker sites have been shut down by the FBI in a probe that could bring about the death of the internet gambling industry.
Eleven people, including the owners of Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and PokerStars, were charged with bank fraud and money laundering.
In 2006, Congress passed a law prohibiting online gambling, but most of the leading sites found ways to work around the law using foreign banks. Prosecutors allege that in doing so they broke the law.
Originally posted by PsykoOps
Change the sites to something other than the US. Problem solved?
A District law to establish Internet gambling through the D.C. Lottery has cleared the congressional approval process, making the city the first U.S. jurisdiction authorized to allow online poker and betting on fantasy sports. At-large D.C. Councilman Michael Brown introduced the idea as an amendment to a December spending bill needed to close a $175 million budget gap in the current fiscal year. The council gave its approval and the 30-day waiting period for Congress to act on it ended last week.
I am not surprised by this at all, but.... that blatant about it?? I don't know, but it sure looks like a legit site to me.
The law allows the D.C. Lottery to create online poker and other "games of chance" and betting on fantasy sports leagues similar to those already established on the web, officials said. The city's chief financial officer estimates the city could raise $13 million in additional revenue from the gambling in fiscal 2014.
A D.C. Lottery spokeswoman said they're in the early stages of planning and could not immediately comment on specifics.
Originally posted by Douriff
This is really way too much control over people's habits, (similar to smoke ban). Who cares if one smokes or plays poker?? I just don't understand.
I am not a gambler, but I love to play online poker from time to time, rarely though, but nevertheless it's fun.
The truth is that anything can potentially become dangerous habit - overeating, drug abuse, alchohol, tobaco. The list of habits that people can get dangerously addicted to is much longer, almost anything is potentially unhealthy - facebook, solariums, working too much, bodybuilding, shopping...whatever.
At the same time our air, water and soil are becoming more and more poluted, our wepons are becoming more and more thretening, so many people dying, killed in accidents, wars...
So, why then is poker so important to the FBI???
Originally posted by spikey
Gambling, especially online gambling, where you are in comfortable and familiar surroundings at home, can lead to a false sense of security and cause you to gamble more than you might ordinarily do, leading in *many* cases to people losing bigger or even losing everything.