The Monday passage by the Nevada Senate of AB466, a bill that could eventually enable the state’s casino resorts to offer Internet gambling, worries both anti-gambling forces and casino-operating tribes. Frank Fahrenkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association, says legislators approved the measure because “they didn’t want to put the industry at a disadvantage.” He explains, “You have to realize the Nevada Legislature meets only once every two years, and gaming is the major industry in the state…
Next month there could be an advance that would convince gaming regulators around the world that Internet gaming can be tightly regulated, and the Nevada companies would be behind the eight ball.” The decision worries Rev. Tom Grey, exec. director of the National Coalition Against Gambling Expansion: “We have long fought to keep gambling off Main Street, so we don’t want to let them move into someone’s house… the more accessible you make gambling, the more you increase its addictive rate.”
For different reasons, the prospect of legalizing online gambling casino en ligne in Nevada also worries Indian tribes that operate casinos. Internet casinos would threaten their land-based businesses, but Mark Jarboe, an Indian law attorney, says that tribes would probably move quickly take their games onto the Internet as well. “If you have Caesars or Mandalay Bay in Vegas offering this because they’re known, why can’t another known name like the Oneida, Ho-Chunk or Rainbow Casino put their name on something and offer it, too?”
Lawmakers Consider Another Way to Disable Net Gambling
Previous efforts to pass federal laws banning Internet gambling have been futile, but lawmakers opposed to the burgeoning online gambling industry have another strategy: banning the use of credit cards to make transactions with online betting sites.
Banning the cards would make it much more difficult for players to place bets even if the gambling itself is not outlawed. U.S. Rep. James Leach introduced legislation this year to ban such credit card use. “It would get at the settling mechanism for these gambling contracts and basically force gambling institutions out of business,” says Bill Tate, Leach’s chief of staff. “I don’t know that banning online gambling completely is a possibility.
But in the past, Leach has chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee in Congress and that provided him the opportunity to address the issue in a new way.” Tate says that the threat of online gamblers running up substantial gambling debts and then taking legal action against their credit card companies could lead financial institutions to back the proposed credit card ban: “I think there is a concern on the part of banks that they could conceivably be left holding the bag if people run up astronomical credit card debt.”