Legalization of Online Gambling in US Still Debated

But may happen in two years

Over the weekend the Las Vegas Sun newspaper reported of an interesting interview it has conducted at the G2E Expo in Las Vegas, in regards to the legalization of online gambling in the States, with a number of the professionals in the field strongly pro or against the matter.

According to the owner of a Western-themed land casino, the Klondike Sunset, the reason why he is against the legalization is not only for competitive reasons, but also because of the concern that the number of problem gamblers, which is now kept at a low lever, could grow if gambling becomes instantly available in homes 24/7.

John Woodrum (72), an experienced professional, who has been in the business since 1961, assessed that there’s something completely different to internet gambling compared to land casinos, where players go to have a flutter: “Allowing it for people every minute of every day and you’ve got a whole different animal on your hands.”

Still, it was stated by the newspaper that many land casinos note the inevitability of introduction of online gambling in the US, but that its legalization is not expected to come for the next two years. As one of those, Woodrum told the Las Vegas Sun that he expects legal US internet casinos will become widely promoted...and as a result, more punters will lose more money. He added: “The big companies think if people gamble on a computer, they’ll want to go to (Las Vegas). Maybe they’re right. On the other hand, if you lose on the Internet you might have less money to spend at the other place.”

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