With 5,000 people moving here each month, somebody had to spill the beans!

Internet Gambling in Nevada?

I saw an interesting article in the Las Vegas Review Journal a couple days ago about Internet gambling.  The article said that a House of Representatives resolution was introduced in May that would “establish a framework to permit licensed online gambling operators to accept wagers from inside the United States.”

According to the article, Nevada has the “statutory structure” in place to investigate and license online gambling companies.

My questions —

  • How would this effect existing online casinos? 
  • Would congress actually allow this to happen?
  • Would this reduce visits to Las Vegas?

Whatcha think?

[8/26/09: Just learned that Time.com took down the video because of “some sensitivity with various issues”. There is a very interesting article on the Las Vegas Sun website about the fallout from the Time’s article — specifically, the Realtor quoted in the piece is in hot water.]


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Comments

4 Responses to “Internet Gambling in Nevada?”

  1. Anne V. WIlliams
    August 26th, 2009 7:14 am

    Perhaps the state would use the interface to advertise the pleasures of visiting Nevada.

    Most gamblers like the gambling atmosphere in addition to the thrills of risk & rewards. Well-designed commercials might actually draw them to Vegas.

  2. ScottW
    August 26th, 2009 8:56 am

    There’s no question that if any of the major gaming companies (MGM/Mirage, Harrahs) gets into online casinos, they’ll tie in their LV properties to the online experience.

  3. Lee Adams
    August 26th, 2009 12:14 pm

    Other than for moral reasons I can’t imagine congress not allowing this. I would think the US Government would want to regulate and tax the online gaming industry just as they currently do the casinos througout the country. Just think of the revenue generated from these online gaming sites!!

    As an avid online player I can assure you that my visits to LV would not stop or even be reduced. There is nothing quite like the ambiance of the brick and mortar casinos.

  4. Bil Amrhein
    August 26th, 2009 6:51 pm

    I would first like to agree with my friend Lee about congress and our visits to Vegas. I would like to add that I do not believe the major online casinos would be affected that much. These sites are world wide, and that business will be enough to make up for any business lost to new to the online casinos. I also believe they will tie the online to their “live” casinos. The convenience for us to play in our homes when we have 30 minutes to burn can not be beat. So why not tax and regulate the winnings.

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