Online gambling is any type of gambling conducted over the internet. This includes casinos, online poker and virtual casinos. The earliest online gambling venue open to the public was ticketing for the prestigious Liechtenstein International Poker Tournament in 1994. There are now a wide variety of sites that offer a variety of online gambling games.
Because online casinos are not legally regulated by government regulation, there is a lack of standardization and discipline. In addition, most governments have specific laws governing the operation of licensed land-based casinos and sporting facilities. As a result, online gambling sites frequently operate in the same way as their land-based counterparts but operate outside the jurisdiction of local and state laws.
There are two avenues that can be used to have online gambling laws legalized. One option would be to have legislation regulating online gambling passed into law. Another option would be to create international laws to regulate online poker and online gambling in general. Both of these options have been debated by political leaders around the world. Proponents of legalizing online gambling cite a need to address the increasing problem of online gambling in the U.S., while those against it argue that it would make Internet gambling much easier to access, also illegal, all around the world.
In the United States, much of the controversy revolves around attempts to legalize online poker. Opponents claim that because of how the U.S. regulates other businesses, including television, music, and magazines, online gambling would fall under the same regulations. They also argue that it will be difficult to enforce existing laws against online gambling on the international front, since there is no national body to deal with internet gambling on a worldwide basis. While the U.S. is attempting to address the issues surrounding online gambling, it is important for other countries to do the same, in order to prevent organized crime from taking hold on the entire industry.
There is also the argument that legalizing online gambling would eliminate a key aspect of law enforcement and society at large. Gambling, they argue, is a gateway drug that causes people to turn to more dangerous forms of illegal activity. Because gambling has been legalized, many feel that the police have more power to tackle violent criminals and to apprehend those who are involved in illegal activities. Gambling addicts are a small fraction of the total number of addicts who are involved in illegal activities, but the argument that legalizing gambling makes it easier for potential criminals to get money to support their habits is a valid one. These are some of the arguments against legalization of online gambling.
Proponents of legalized online gambling cite the idea that there are a variety of reasons that online casinos should be legalized. The first reason is that it removes the financial barrier that prevents people from playing online casinos. Many countries across Europe and North America have made it possible for online gamblers from outside the country to play games in their country. This is not true in the United States, where online poker was only recently legalized, and there are still some concerns about its regulation.
The second reason that the proponents of legalized online gambling cite is that it creates more jobs. Gambling has long been considered a form of money-making, and as such it creates jobs in the gaming industry. Gambling is a great source of revenue for resort casinos, online poker sites, and offline casinos. Not to mention the tax dollars that are generated by licensed online gambling. The legalization of online gambling creates more jobs, because it allows new businesses, companies, and entrepreneurs the chance to create jobs.
The last point that most opponents of online gambling bring up is that it threatens the integrity of online poker. It is widely believed that since the government has legalized online gambling there will be less people who try to play online poker for real money. The fear is that somehow the credit card information that players enter into online casinos will be stolen or used for fraud. Also, since so many people are relying on their credit cards to make payments online, if their cards are stolen then the ability to pay online for real-money games is gone. These are all valid concerns, and they have a little bit of validity.