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April 28, 2009

Gambling could return to SL?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Hugsie @ 8:49 am

About three years ago a law was passed by the US Congress (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006) which basically killed off legitimate online gambling (didn’t stop illegitimate gambling), leaving us with online poker sites that are more like training and game playing than actual gambling. Around this time was when Linden Labs banned casino games from Second Life.

According to this article in the New York Times talks about a possible repeal of this law.  Because of the global economic problems going on right now, many governments (U.S. included) are considering legalizing gambling as a new source of revenue , by simply taxing it.  This could open up casino gambling in SL if something like this goes though, especially of other countries also change their polices.  I had assumed that the reason LL banned casino games from SL, was due to pressure from laws of different countries. Since Second Life has a world wide user base, LL often succumbs to the laws around the world; having to fit to the lowest common denominator of the law.

But laws never stopped so-called “off shore gambling” web site who are located in international waters and don’t reside in any country and are basically lawless, and yield millions of dollars for these organizations.  Even in legalized gambling, as is with Indian casinos, nets them millions of dollars in revenue, even for the local state governments they are located in.

But this idea might not be a good idea.  The state of Nevada, where casino gambling is legal state wide, where anyone can set up a slot-mashine at thier stabishment, isn’t doing so well.  An article at the Review Journal that Nevada’s economy took a huge nose dive in January 2007 and is dead LAST. Plus it couldn’t have possibly gotten any better two years later.  Everyone is feeling the economic crunch where every dollar counts, so people aren’t willing to gamble thier money away unless you’re a compuslive gambler.

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2 Comments »

  1. Smart people do not play gamblings. Where the world slides?

    Comment by Andre Smith — May 10, 2009 @ 8:31 am

  2. Right, and from the sounds of it Andre, you must be a compulsive gambler. I’ve never seen a stupid poker player, or retarded black jack player. Only no-skill games like Slot Machines are played by stupid people. People from all walks of life, and levels of education, can be addicted to gambling, just like all kinds of people can become alcoholics. Andre, please don’t talk out of your ass, thank you.

    Comment by hugsalot — May 10, 2009 @ 9:05 am


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