In Tom W. Bell’s address before the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, he presumed that eventually, internet gambling will be legalized. There are ongoing 18+ debates on the advantages and disadvantages of the legalization. It is also studied whether the claim of creating business opportunity in internet gambling is true. But experts say that, sooner or later, other states will also demand the same leeway that is given to Las Vegas in terms of gambling legality.
But even though there are designated gambling sites in the country, the development of technology makes it easier for people to access gambling sites online. In fact, people responded in recent studies that they will not fly to Las Vegas just to play in a legal casino. This is probably the reason why illegal gambling sites and fly-by-night gambling areas in the suburbs are created.
Well-meaning people who want to prevent gambling from being legalized have other interests to protect. Because the internet is readily accessible even to the youth, they fear that legalizing internet gambling might expose the young to early gambling activity. But currently, there are indeed minors who do play in online gambling sites. And there is very little that the government could do because the World Wide Web is too immense a sea of information to be monitored constantly to prevent minors from accessing it.
Another good thing about the business opportunity in internet gambling is that competition will beef up among gambling site operators. Each site will invest in its website and gambling games, making it as close to the physical gambling games as possible. The recreation of the experience in a real casino will become the ideal. And contrary to claims that gambling in one’s home is addicting and dangerous, it is not true. Going to a real casino poses real danger because that place is a controlled, carefully studied layout of making people spend everything that they brought there. Everywhere people go, there’s a slot machine waiting to get played. But if people would rather gamble online, people are still subject to external hindrances such as a crying baby or a spouse warning they’ve to stop after they’ve reached their 8th hour in gambling online.
Legalizing internet gambling is the best way to regulate these businesses. There is nothing much that laws can do in order to curtail gambling online. So instead of inhibiting online gambling, the government must legalize it and regulate it once it has been legalized. For now, they can simply focus their efforts on studying how to legalize the activity in order to generate more tax for developing social services. Once it has been legalized, online gamblers can be assured that this move will encourage more companies to join the online gambling industry.