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Online Gambling Fight in the United States Heating Up

2014-04-20 00:00:00

The battle to make online gambling legal in the United States continues to hit speed bumps. The latest is a move by some in Congress to put a federal ban on Internet gambling. A representative from Utah is introducing a bill into the House while a senator from South Carolina has a similar bill coming up in the Senate.

The bills would supposedly ban all forms of Internet gambling in the United States. Not much has gotten done in Congress in recent years and it may be that nothing gets done this time either but billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson is throwing his money around trying to ban online gambling. It is no coincidence that Adelson owns some of the most profitable land-based casinos in the world.

If Congress does come together with a bill it might be a problem for states like Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware who already have legal online gambling. It would also set up a massive fight between the states and the federal government.

Some in Congress would prefer that online gambling was legalized and regulated in the United States but others would prefer it to be banned altogether.

It will be interesting to see if Congress gets anything done in regards to online gambling as rarely have the Democrats and Republicans come up with any type of useful legislation in the past decade.