State drops bid to regulate online gambling

  • Article by: BOB VON STERNBERG and BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: June 8, 2009 - 9:29 PM

Internet firms drop suit, but state says it will seek new ways to regulate games.

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inrealityJun. 8, 0912:26 PM

The government can promote gambling with lottery drawings & scratch offs, non-profits can have pulltabs, and Indian reservations can have Casinos but the average "joe" at home can't logon and have some fun on their PC in their home? Is this what I'm hearing? Come on, doesn't the government have better things to do? We always hear how they are crunched for resources to do all the real important things we need them to do and hear they are concerned with this non-sense. Not on more dime for government for anything, that's my motto. Let's have government and these other entities stop the gambling before they preach to us about having fun in our own homes.

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asdfjklsemJun. 8, 0912:33 PM

Let 'em. It's none of the government's business.

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getlanceJun. 8, 0912:35 PM

this needs some sort of regulation, but not the absolute ISP block proposed here - especially by a state entity. This isn't China, after all - it's the US. Leaving us free access to the sites, but as spending on them is illegal, blocking credit card payments, wire transfers and the like are about the only method that the feds could legitimately use to control this - but you can bet that the bettors will still find ways around it.

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huns0004Jun. 8, 09 1:21 PM

Yes, while it may be illegal (the law making it illegal was shoved into a completely unrelated bill by the Bush Administration, thanks!), online poker playing should be legalized. It's not gambling, it's skill, and it's not like casino games where you are betting against a house that has the mathematical edge. Let's get with the program and allow adults to engage in games of skill for money. I'm not hurting anybody with my online poker.

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lilmamadebJun. 8, 09 1:27 PM

and the government will turn the dome into a casino. With the money they're going to lose once no one is there anymore, they will have to come up with an idea for the dome to make money. It can't be a concert arena, the sound is aweful so there isn't a whole lot more they can do with it.

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mutt10RJun. 8, 09 1:34 PM

Who's going to foot the bill for massive increases in credit card defaults?

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irockhosJun. 8, 09 1:50 PM

He is right. The government should have nothing to do with online poker. I play online and some of my friends play online for a living. It's their job. Tax them just like everybody else and leave it alone. Nothing else.

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howedaJun. 8, 09 1:52 PM

The whole notion of the state trying to tell ISP's what websites they must block, regardless of the reason, is wrong. Not to mention that trying to enforce a law that 20% of the people break and 70% don't care about doesn't work.

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howedaJun. 8, 09 1:55 PM

Credit card companies generally will not process transactions to such websites for the very reason that those debts are dischargable in bankrupcy. If the CC approves you making payment to these websites with your CC, that's thier problem. Most of the time they won't, and you have to deposit from a bank account, etc.

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bigbartguyJun. 8, 09 1:58 PM

so wouldnt credit card defaults already have had their massive increases?

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