Banning Internet Gambling.....your opinion???

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by teaysvalleyguy, Oct 4, 2006.

Banning internet gambling???

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  1. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Well, I guess they passed a bill to ban internet gambling. So, this means no more online poker, sports gambling, or anything of the sort.

    The government has sponsered gambling in 48 states....IE....Lottery

    So, is it right for them to pass a bill to stop us???

    Just trying to get some thoughts on it from everyone. I play poker once in a while, wont really make me mad one way or the other. But, dont like the idea.
     
  2. buddah

    buddah New Member

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    Good it's about time! Gamblimg ruins lives and destroys familys! I don't gamble so I'm positive that everyone else will dis agree with me but hey, It's America... Right.
     

  3. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Thanks for your imput, what I wanted. Everyones opinions.
     
  4. buddah

    buddah New Member

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    Actually I changed my mind about 1 thing... I believe that a person should be able to do what they want (within reason) and as long as they are not really playing for money then it oughtta be allowed. JMO.
     
  5. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    do you feel its an infringment to your rights as a free American ? i dont personaly see why they would care about internet poker when theres much worse things on the internet . does this mean all gamblin including free nonprofit gambling ? its a gamble every time you log on to the internet with virus's and fruadulant characters who seek to steel your identities but yet we still do it .
     
  6. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    I think its crappy.. They couldnt pass the bill on its own, so they backdoored it by attaching the Internet gambling ban to a port security bill.
    The bigger and Legitimate sites were actually WANTING to be regulated and was willing to follow procedures, rules, etc. to make it a fair and legal business.
    This ban not only hurts the online sites, but I think it will hurt actual casino's as well.. Hold'em poker has taken off in the last few years. TV Coverage, huge Tourney's, etc. Most the online sites offer "play money" games to let you try out different games without risking any $$, letting new people get used to playing new games. I think it will deffinatly hurt the popularity that been growing.

    As far as the ill and woes of gambling. I guess thats up to how you feel about it. There are people that abuse everything. If they take away gambling, most likley they would just get "hooked" on something else (Lotto, Bingo, scratch-offs, whatever).

    I personally like to hit the casino for some gambling. But! I learned loooong ago there are some basic rules you gotta set for yourself:
    1) Don't gamble with money you can't loose. If your playing with your rent money, you got no business being in there!
    2) Set a limit before you start, once you loose it---LEAVE!
    3) Don't play a high limit game with a low limit bankroll. Starting with a $200 bankroll and sitting down at a $25 BlackJack table or a $5 slot machine tends to empty your pocket quickly.
     
  7. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

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    I think there are venues for gambling, but IMO, the internet ain't one of them.
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    Stop blaming others. ~~H. Jackson Brown Jr.
     
  8. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

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    Im not a gambler, but i do know one thing- They never made a sardine factory for the sake of the fish. Casinos and gambling places, be they real concrete structures or virtual ones are not there for the gamblers. I really dont think theyre a benefit for anyone but the investors... everything else is a pipe dream.

    just my opinion.



    -Sal
     
  9. SubnetZero

    SubnetZero New Member

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    Isnt that true with pretty much every business, including the sardine factory? I guess I see it as form of entertainment as opposed to a get rich quick scheme when I do go.. If you go thinking your comming home a wealthy person, you will be sadly disappointed.
     
  10. usmc0208

    usmc0208 New Member

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    If you want to waste your money gambling online you should be able to.
     
  11. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

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    Yes it is true, but the glitz and galmor and marketing of the entire business doesnt point to corporate usefulness or profit or the realities of the business itself.

    Places like vegas capitlize on vices and encourage them. Im not being a teetotaller here- Im just stating that the service is not a favor to anyone, nor is it a means of living, nor is it beneficial to those who cannot control themselves.

    What happens in Vegas, stays in vegas... your money stays there, your credit card stays there, and the only think not welcome is your discression and your conscience.

    This sort of capitalization on the weaker parts of the mind is surely not good for the economics of a nation... yet they sell gambling as though everyone there will strike it rich when they go. Just once I'd like to see a casino commercial where the guy or girl goes in with a big grin and 200 dollars and leave with nothing... no smile, no winnings... just blackened fingers from holding those danged nickels or quarters, metal-shavings-stains on their pockets, and the commercial would end with them collecting soda cans for a McDonald's hamburger to split. Isnt that the types you see going in and out of casinos?

    I worked at a casino for 4 months as a bank teller. One night I maxed out $165,000 on three credit cards for a fellow who was sure he would hit the big jackpot. I went in and turned in my badge when I saw he guy crying on the roadside on my way home. I know- it was his fault... but my conscience did not feel that way and it was company policy that we could not urge people to use their heads... for lack of a better way of putting it.

    That is the reality of gambling.


    NOW... can you count to 2,000,000,000? thats billion.

    That is how much american money has gone overseas to gamble online just last year. I sure could have used a 2 billion dollar investment in my home state and Im sure you all could have as well. If you're going to pi$$ away your money, please do so at one of the many venues whose revenue will land within our borders.

    again- just my opinion. I dont care what you all end up doing with your cash... Im just asking that if you plan to give it away on something as combustable as hope, that you give it away to other americans who would use it more wisely.

    -Sal
     
  12. LiquidSteel

    LiquidSteel New Member

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    I used to have a gambling problem. It took me a long time to get right myself to not throw my money away. It was an issue that I had to deal with, and no one else. Gambling is like drinkin, its not for everyone. Certainly not for me. But 2 years after I was debt free, I was getting solicited to go online and play for real money several times a day. It was tempting, very tempting. After changing my email addressess several times, and using spam block, and alot of prayers, I finally got all that stuff blocked out so Im not tempted and the good Lord helped me remember the reason I gave it up to begin with.
    Now, having said all that, I also beleive that it's up to the individual to make right, sound decisions on their own. But it can be very addictive.

    Kenny
     
  13. tspergin

    tspergin New Member

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    I dont think the government needs anymore control over the population than they already have and abuse,its gambling now and what will it be next,I think people should be able to decide for themselves what is best for them ,we were supposed to do that when we became of age and left our mothers and fathers,and I dont think we need a big daddy deciding every move we make.just my opinion
     
  14. sal_jr

    sal_jr New Member

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    Now that has got to be the best answer Ive read so far. I may not be a fan of gambling personally, but this makes the best sense to me... regardless of my personal feeling toward the vice.

    GOOD ANSWER!
     
  15. Rainman4u2

    Rainman4u2 Guest

    Internet Gambling is like Internet Porn. All you have to do is look around for a while, and you will find it. If this law goes into effect, those who have the addiction will find a way to play. I'm sure some European sites would love to have Americans paying more to play on a site.

    Ray
     
  16. upncomincatfishking

    upncomincatfishking New Member

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    i'll tell u why they wanna stop it,because they dont get they're cut and since they cant get they're hand in,u cant make no money either.
     
  17. bigredsbbq

    bigredsbbq New Member

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    if ya wanna play online thats your choice I choose only to play in person wich I beleive is also illegal unless your at a casino then they gotta get there cut of the action
     
  18. savage308

    savage308 New Member

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    The post above was absolutely right. The government was not getting a piece of the pie. It's just that simple....

    As for my opinion on internet gambling. It should be the persons right to gamble online or at a casino if they choose to do so. I personally play a lot of online poker. Approx. 4-5 nights a week for 2-4 hours. I usually get on around 9pm after the kids are off to bed. My wife sits on the couch sewing and I play poker. I enjoy it and my wife doesn't mind. Personally I cash out every 3-4 weeks and do pretty well. (not enough to quit my day job) LOL

    Who or what am I hurting? IMO Nobody!!! But the government is not getting their piece of the pie so they have to step in....

    Teay I'm definately against the govenment sticking their nose into it...
    Let them figure out a way to get a piece of the pie and keep it legal...

    Just my opinion....
     
  19. superman

    superman New Member

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    if i or anyone else wants to spend there hard earned money on gambling then as an american we have the right to make our own choice no let me correct that we as americans have the freedom to make our own choice
     
  20. PeZ

    PeZ New Member

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    Like Cypress Hill says Legalize It!!!


    Regulate It!! Tax It!!
    Why not? It would be safer for the consumer that way.