American States Attempting to Legalize Online Gambling

Published Tuesday, February 11, 2014 -
American States Attempting to Legalize Online Gambling

Some USA jurisdictions are saying no to legalized online gambling while others are on record as being pro internet wagering and are getting their ducks in a row. Meanwhile consumers are participating in online gambling offered by offshore web sites even though it is illegal in the States.

A recent report from Gaming Compliance has said Massachusetts is one of the American states attempting to regulate or expand online gambling in 2014. So far the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has granted Massachusetts its first slots parlor license, with licenses for land based casinos expected to follow later in the year. It has been suggested the next step for Massachusetts is to regulate  an online gambling industry in the Bay State.

 According to Clyde W. Barrow, Director of the Center for Policy Analysis at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, around two percent of punters in the State already gambles online and regulating the industry would ensure the revenues don’t go to the coffers of offshore online gambling operators.  Barrow continued to explain that there may be benefits from allowing regulated internet betting in Massachusetts giving consumers a chance to learn to gamble at home with little risk and then go to a terrestrial casino for real money gaming.

Both the State Lottery Commission and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission have indicated that they would like to introduce some version of online gambling legislation. Additionally the State Lottery Commission has petitioned the state legislature to allow online lotteries and perhaps even online poker  to test the viability of online services and make the initial moves towards legalized internet gambling. Beth Bresnahan,  State Lottery Assistance Executive Director commented,

“Rather in the interests of preserving and protecting the Lottery, we simply want to ensure that we have a solid understanding of the technology and logistics of online gaming should this market space become more competitive. Existing law does not permit us to conduct such experimentation.”






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