The future of online poker in the US
An overwhelming amount of Americans want the federal government to butt out
Neither Sheldon Adelson nor others can stop poker progress. Online poker has already started to become a natural part of society and, according to a poll conducted by the Coalition for Consumer and Online Consumer Protection, support is gaining. Not only that, 74% of those polled want the federal government to stay out of it and let the states determine whether or not to allow the activity. That would mean anti-online poker lunatics would have to pay a lot more to try and stop progress.
Where online poker has already been legalized in the US, those states are doing a good job of controlling their markets and protecting consumers. They have worked diligently with online operators to include systems that can track user ages, locations and patterns in order to help prevent problem gambling, as well as money laundering and fraud. To the contrary, land-based casinos are still identified as a major source of both of those illicit activities.
It doesn’t hurt to mention that virtually all of the opponents of online gambling can be tied to one sector – land-based casinos. This completely negates any “morality” issues they try to argue in attempting to bring down online gambling, and is exemplary of the hypocrisy of those entities.
The land-based casinos have repeatedly tried to argue that online casinos will cost them business. First, if that were to happen, welcome to capitalism. Second, studies conducted in Europe following the legalization of online gambling – as well as what has been witnessed in New Jersey’s market – show that both land-based and online casinos are able to coexist without any issues.
States can be the true winners with the legalization of online poker. It means more revenue for their coffers and more independence. There will always be those that try to stop progress, but, in the case of online poker, they’re fighting a losing battle.