With the recent surge in online casino interest the US government has taken steps to try to ban online gambling within its boarders. Land –based gambling is also outlawed in most US states. But there is an argument that an outright ban may end up doing more harm than good.
Gambling has long been an American tradition and so it was inevitable that with the advent of the Internet and the convenience and sophistication of software technology, gambling would be taken to the online arena. But based on the outcry from many anti-gambling pundits in Washington, there has been an effort to ban online casino in American altogether.
Basing their argument for a ban on moral grounds, the anti-online casino lobby has managed to keep online casinos off American soil. Therefore, Internet gambling operations are often located outside of the U.S., thus making it next to impossible for the US government to enforce any laws or take action against them. So the online casinos continue to exist and operate without being hindered in any way.
As was the case with prohibition (the banning of alcohol in America during the 1920’s & 1930’s), to outlaw something completely can end up creating even bigger problems. For instance under prohibition alcohol was still readily available –it was just driven underground into the illegal criminal element. The same can be said for betting. Many illegal bookmakers are out there every day taking advantage of people who are desperate and may have gambling addiction problems.
It should also be noted that while illegal gambling leads people to deal with local criminal elements, online gambling can cross boarders without affecting anyone due to the global online environment that is the Internet. That means for an online gambler, it doesn’t matter if the online casino he frequents is down the road or in the Caribbean. Whereas those who want to place illegal bets have to do it locally thus increasing criminal activity in their local environment.
Finally, common sense tells us that legal, government regulated online gambling would certainly be much safer than illegal gambling and would inevitably drive illegal business away altogether.