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Online casino debate continues in the United States

A big gamble in the online casinos debate is whether to reduce opposition to the online casinos ban by sliding around the exemptions issue. Will the online casinos ban in the United States succeed? What is the future of online casinos? Online casinos industry experts are mixed in their view points and judgments, but one thing is for certain – there is much new news about the online casinos industry.
While there are doubts that U.S. legislators will have enough time and support in the current Congressional season to get the latest attempt to prohibit online casinos approved, a top online casinos news site made some cautionary points on the issue this week.

In an article which took an objective look at the previously abortive US banning attempts (there have been six of these in the past decade) the online casinos site reports that prospects appear bleak that the Senate will pass a prohibition bill when it returns after Labor Day for the final weeks of the 109th session of Congress.

Frank Fahrenkopf, president of the American Gaming Association which has expressed support for a Congressional study of online casinos, seems to agree when he is quoted as saying: "When the Senate comes back, there is going to be an awful lot on their plate, and I'm just not sure what kind of priority is going to be given to this gaming legislation."

The article goes on to quote an anonymous source who says that despite the busy session Sen. Jon Kyl is to launch a further attempt at an online casinos ban, trying to remove language from the House bill that would amend the 1961 Wire Act so that it would outlaw using the Internet to place bets across state lines.

By doing this, Kyl hopes to avoid contentious debate on carve-outs for industries like horse racing and address concerns of the horse racing industry, thus removing holds on the bill in the Senate. If Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist calls for a vote on Kyl's streamlined version within the first two weeks after Labor Day, advocates of the ban are confident the House would quickly follow with its approval.

Then the modified online casinos bill, which would ban the use of credit cards and other bank instruments for online casinos payments, could be sent to the president's desk.

Kyl has apparently declined to comment on these reports and an e-mail to his office was not returned.

Frist spokeswoman Carolyn Weyforth said Frist would like the Senate to vote in September on the online casinosbill approved by the House. "Given the overwhelming House vote, we expect Senator (Harry) Reid to cooperate in this effort to prevent underage and illegal gambling," Weyforth said.

Reid, the Democratic leader and a former chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, has said he opposes Internet gambling because he does not think it can be effectively regulated. But it's not clear if he would support the House bill.



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