There is potential that in the future the government will make an outright ban. According to the Poker Player's Alliance (PPA) over 80 countries worldwide have legalized online poker and actively regulate the industry. So far the United States has been resilient in its opposition of foreign companies who want to tap into the American market for online gambling.
Let's look at some of the reasons that the United States should legalize online gambling:
- This is an issue of privacy - Why should the government dictate what Americans do in the privacy of their own home?
- Betting on Horse Races online is legal - Again, why should government dictate what form of gambling Americans can take part in online?
- Con argument: If we legalize online gambling, millions of underage kids will start gambling online. Actually, if online gambling was legalized and the government enforced regulation that required companies to have the best software on the market as far as registration, age screening, etc. it would be a lot harder for underage gamblers to get on a site.
- The government is missing out on millions, if not billions, of tax revenues. I am not one for taxes, as you know, but it is true that the U.K. successfully regulates online gambling, taking a nice cut in taxes .
- Poker in particular has exploded in popularity in the United States. Why should Americans have to drive or even fly somewhere to take part in a game when they can do so from the comfort of their home?
Where I stand: Legalize online gambling. Regulate it if you must, but for freedom and personal choice's sake, legalize it.
*Anyone who knows me knows that I like to play poker, and in turn, could say that me addressing this issue is too bias'ed. If you think this, re-read my arguments. These arguments should make sense even for someone who has no interest in poker whatsoever. Again, it's an issue of privacy and free choice and I can tell you that I do not believe that the government should dictate how people should choose to spend their money.