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        That's right, I couldn't believe it when I first read it but it comes from a reliable source: the Washington Post. Here are a few lines from the original article:

        The city will put in place cutting-edge “responsible gaming” measures, Buddy Roogow, executive director of the lottery agency said. People will have to set up an account to play. There will be a weekly deposit limit of $250. Gaming will be shut down between 4 and 10 a.m. The lottery agency plans to monitor players electronically and cut them off if necessary, Roogow said, and those with concerns about their self-control can ban themselves.

        “We’re in it to make money. We’re in it to create revenue for the city. We’re trying to do it in a way that’s most responsible,” Roogow said. “We will not seek to create games in which a livelihood could be won or lost in one hand.”

        The District’s actions come as online gambling proponents are making a play for the lucrative U.S. market. Although the terrestrial excesses of Las Vegas are tough to beat internationally, governments from Italy to British Columbia have embraced virtual casinos.

        Alluring as the prospect of new revenue may be, some European officials say it’s a mistake to think online gambling will be a cash cow. Regulators in Italy say that trying to extract too much from regulated operations — which can depress the size of payouts — might push players to offshore sites.

        D.C. officials are planning to use the government-owned DC-Net as the backbone of the system.

        The computer network was built to ensure official communications in the District after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, overwhelmed the commercial network. It connects hundreds of government buildings with miles of fiber optic cable. A public part of the network also provides free WiFi access inside and sometimes around government facilities across the city, including recreation centers, health offices and the Dorothy I. Height library on Benning Road NE.

        Librarian Robert Garrison said the city, like Maryland with its slot machines, is hungry for revenue. But he’s concerned about the effects on low-income neighborhoods near the library in Ward 7. “It’s going to be interesting to see how the local population is affected and which populations will have problems,” Garrison said. “This opens up a bag of worms.”

        D.C. libraries block gambling Web sites, along with pornography, on their desktop computers, but not on patrons’ laptops that are using WiFi.

        Library officials are considering how to approach the gambling venture. Library spokesman George Williams said the libraries “are looking at everything. We haven’t made a decision yes or no at this moment.”

        Michael Brown, the council member who played a central role in advancing gambling in the District, said that it’s not appropriate everywhere. “I would not like to see folks being able to play at a library or a rec center,” he said.

        Roogow, the lottery chief, said a “large portion” of the city would have access using DC-Net locations. Hotels, bars and restaurants will be added to the list. Officials said permission for Internet connections at private homes will roll out when they are confident there will be no technological mix-ups.


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        So, what do you think? Is that good news or bad news for the US players?
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        I think it's too early to tell whether it's a good or bad news but it definitely is a hopeful start.

        The lottery agency plans to monitor players electronically and cut them off if necessary...

        I am not so sure if I like to be monitored and limited to play within certain hours but other than that it's a good start!
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        Yeah, the new casino will apparently be quite restrictive, but that's probably because it's the first one, and it will take some time to iron out all the glitches in the system. Some loud, opinionated player feedback will also help, I suppose.

        Hopefully some other US states will follow the DC's example and finally let our US buddies play as much as they want!
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        I didn't see that coming. It seem that finally there are some kind of good news for US players

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