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    Default New laws against online casinos.

    Congress passed a bill this week prohibiting online transactions for online casinos.. as I am sure everyone here already knows. So my question is.. how big of an impact will it be for everyone here?

    Is this the beginning of the end?

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    I think it's a new beginning. Remember it's only America that's passed the law, and gambling is not illegal in international terms. It will be interesting to see the reaction of the WTO, Antigua, and the American people. Neteller will be worth watching as well, that's a British company that handles a lot of online gambling payments, will the US gov try to control them?

    It could herald a change of government, or a trade war. With the weakness of the dollar, I would have thought that America would be trying to improve international relations, not destroy them.

    Of course the other change could be the introduction of Russian credit cards.

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    Remember, it is still a bill and not even 50% of the way to becoming law. Even if it passes the senate and president, it surely faces a constitutional challenge... Not ot mention all the international politics.

    I plan on awriting a letter to both my senators...

    The bill itself only limits financial stuff... Services like neteller are used for more than gambling payments, and located internationally, so it should be unaffected.
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    I really don't think it will have much of an impact for portal webmasters, but more for the online casinos. It's lame the way the gov has a double-standard for everything. Like they allow land based Casinos and collect their happy taxes but then put the boot to online casinos. Anyway.... hopefully it's not much to worry about.

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    I wouldn't treat it lightly as of yet. The US can control/filter any ISP, hosting provider, and the majority of global root servers if it decides to. Gaming and porn, another 'targeted' online activity, could easily be on one Bill.

    International political diplomacy has never seemed to be high on the list.

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    Well I suspect if they try that, then there will be a mass of browser addons which will really mess up their national security spying. That's the short term results. The long term result will be that the US loses control of the Net.

    Don't believe me? - well they can't keep child porn or spam off the net, and everybody supports them in that. What chance have they got in blocking stuff that most people want?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ace Fun
    Well I suspect if they try that, then there will be a mass of browser addons which will really mess up their national security spying. That's the short term results. The long term result will be that the US loses control of the Net.

    Don't believe me? - well they can't keep child porn or spam off the net, and everybody supports them in that. What chance have they got in blocking stuff that most people want?
    True.. imagine special proxy services that cater to online casinos. That would be a great business to start.. or at least look in to.

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    Well I'm in the UK, and the casinos are outside America, so as long as the Americans can find a way to pay, I don't really care what the current US gov does. In fact it would probably be better if the dollar stopped being the international currency, then maybe the stupid politicians would wake up.

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