casinos in Massachusetts could cost you
The hypocrisy and
protectionism continues as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is
proposing to make online gambling illegal, while adding three
land-based casinos in the state.
residents - be aware, a bill proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick
(D-Mass) could send you in jail for 2 years for playing at
online casinos. As Boston Globe reports, Gov. Patrick is pushing
a casino bill, which would give licenses to three land based
casinos in the state, while making online gambling illegal for
the state's residents. If the bill is passed - prison term of up
to two years and $25,000 fines would be the punishment for
residents who place bets online or play at online casinos. Gov.
Deval Patrick has not commented on his proposed plan yet, but
there is hardly any reasonable explanation to legalizing online
casinos in a bill which would add three land based casinos,
other than protection for those casinos from online competition.
"Why is gambling in a casino OK and
gambling on the Internet is not? He's making a big mistake. He's
giving opponents an argument against him," said Democratic U.S.
Rep. Barney Frank, who is working on a bill which would legalize
and regulate online gambling in the country.
The bill proposed by Gov. Deval Patrick
is not expected to get a hearing until next year and if it
becomes a law, Massachusetts residents risk going to prison if
they bet online, play online casinos or poker.