Legal Or Not Online Sports Betting Continues in New Jersey

Published Sunday, February 02, 2014 -
Legal Or Not Online Sports Betting Continues in New Jersey

Just how many times are we going to hear the press talk about the struggle between online sports betting and the legal system in America. It is legal to bet on sports if you live in one of the three or so jurisdiction in the USA that allows it to happen. Everywhere else in the good old USA sports betting is prohibited by federal law.

New Jersey is on the verge of challenging the prohibition but has not successfully been given the legal right just yet. The law is one thing human nature another as millions of fans will place real money on the big game. Today is time to bet if you’re so inclined and put a few down on the pool. Taking a chance when there is money involved is gambling. There lies the dilemma, you can’t put everyone in jail for playing the odds on the Super Bowl football match.

The emergence of the internet has meant betting that used to be done in person with envelopes of cash exchanged is now accomplished via the web. There are many benefits to this new approach but few safe guards for consumers in America where it is illegal to online gamble on sports.

Professor I. Nelson Rose  at Whittier Law School in Southern California said, "Illegal gambling is right with illegal parking," adding, "Nobody cares about it unless it interferes with your life."

Problem gamblers have a problem with this big a game. The prize pools can be substantial and the intense media surrounding the event can be pervasive. Arnie Wexler, who once was head of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey recalled one episode he had when the Super Bowl was starting in 1987, when the Giants defeated the Broncos.

"The guy says to me, ‘I’m in big trouble,’" Wexler remembered, "I said, ‘What happened?’ He said, ‘I bet on the coin flip.’ The guy said he couldn’t stand the pressure of waiting three hours for a result so he bet on the coin flip."

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