Its finally Sunday, a new day to start a new week and I couldn’t be more excited. I love getting a fresh start, another chance to get things right and experience some positive changes, the best part of the last week is reflection.
With that said its time to take a look back at all the awesome things that happened in this editions of CS Reports Weekly Recap of Online Gambling News, Reviews and Previews.
The Gambler’s Report
New Jersey – Change, it was the basis of the US Presidential campaign Obama set fourth as motivation and it is still the hope many have for the state of New Jersey as Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the online gambling bill passed by the New Jersey Legislature this past Thursday. If the bill had been passed, it would have made New Jersey the third state to legalize online gambling, but Christie’s reasoning is said to have been, “if it had a 10-year trial period and a higher tax rate on casinos,” I guess that is a big “well maybe?!”
Nevada – In other online gambling news, Gov. Brian Sandoval is pursuing to have Assembly Bill 5 approved by lawmakers within the next month, this bill would allow the offering of online poker in Nevada and the allowance as well to accept wagers from players in other states.
Sandoval’s urgency it seems is to push for the passing of the bill before New Jersey can make up their mind, keeping the state of Nevada ahead of the race to legalize online gambling.
Nevada and Delaware have passed laws legalizing online gambling, since 2011, Nevada’s existing online gambling regulations however stipulate that companies cannot accept wagers across state lines until Congress or the U.S. Department of Justice takes regulatory action. Assembly Bill 5 would get rid of that requirement and allow Sandoval to enter interstate online gambling agreements with other governors.
But Christie has other concerns as the governor says he is concerned about the social impacts as well,
“Our state cannot carelessly create a new generation of addicted gamers, sitting in their homes, using laptops or iPads, gambling away their salaries and their futures,”
Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett, who helped draft the bill, has stated, that he does not expect any conflict with federal law if the state begins entering compacts with other states, he doesn’t believe that Christie’s decision in New Jersey will hinder what they’re trying to accomplish in Nevada.
Canada – In other online gambling news, Canada wants to pass Bill C290 in order to control an estimated $10 Billion annually being wagered through illegal book making operations in Canada and an additional $4 billion wagered through offshore online sports wagering sites.
On Superbowl Sunday, a tactical raid by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit was initiated at the Markham, Ont., banquet hall, were six individuals were held in a $2.5 million in allegedly illegal gambling operation.
However reporter Jack Lakey, also known as The Fixer, believes it was all “ham-handed, Keystone Cops theatrics” in order to benefit the OLG to demonstrate a need to have government-run online gambling legalized in Ontario.
His suspicions came about when the 2,300 guests, with the exception of the six wanted for running the sports betting sites, weren’t charged with anything and free to leave, without even having to identify themselves.
Bill Rutsey, CEO of the Canadian Gaming Association however, stated,
“What we now have learned is that this party was just one part of a sophisticated organized crime operation taking millions of dollars in sports wagers, the proceeds of which are used to fund other illegal operations of organized crime.” “We are now at the stage where we can talk about lost opportunities for communities across the country – such as economic development, employment, and most of all, protection of players,” added Mr. Rutsey. “Our current sports betting laws date back to the 1960s when the world was a very different place. It should be a no-brainer to amend the legislation to allow Canadians to place a bet without having to combine it with additional outcomes or seek out nefarious means.”
Still, Lackey isnt convinced making final statements of his conspiratorial beliefs that,
“No, this was a bogus bust orchestrated for TV news, to sell chumps on the idea that a heinous criminal enterprise was being shut down. We will soon hear that the best and only way to truly eradicate illegal gambling is for the province to become the online bookie, through the OLG.”
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Well guys and dolls that’s a wrap on the weekly recap, until next time remember to “Play Smart from the Start” and read the terms and conditions as they DO apply!