Gambling Regulation in the World

Costa Rica

It seems that the Costa Rican government has cut casino operating hours from 24 to 8. This is a huge difference for the casinos as instead of being open 24 hours a day, they can now only be open from 6 pm to 2 am. Needless to say the casinos are upset.

Not only that, but many in the online gambling industry want to know how it will affect them. They are concerned that they might be next. Much of the wording of the decree is focused on things that the online gambling industry will have to face.

While the land based casinos are saying they will have to cut employees, etc., the online gambling industry is asking how much of the money towards getting someone psychological help for gambling they are going to be responsible for. They say that the government might be looking to them to help fund that instead of just the land based casinos.

They also want to know how this will affect the arbitration of the online gambling case they have going on with the World Trade Organization, or WTO. They think that they will not be taken as seriously now that their own government is trying to limit them.

The fact remains that the land based casinos are the ones that have the problems with alcohol, prostitution, etc., not the online gambling ones. However, with the government obviously turning their nose up at them they weaken their case. But online gambling brings in much more money than the land based type, so it is in their best interest to keep it here

South Africa

Now that South Africa has announced that they are going to be allowing online gambling within the country, they have been inundated with requests from online gambling companies to be allowed to come into the country. As the country has not as of yet made online gambling legal, these companies are trying to get their feet in the door before the flood gates open.

The country wants to regulate and legalize online gambling, and is waiting to see what happens with the bill. For now it has stalled in the South African National Council of Provinces for there are some aspects of it that are cause for concern.

One of the biggest hurdles is how advertising is going to be handled for the online gambling industry. They are concerned that children and youth must be kept away from the online gambling sites. Even though it seems though the bill will pass, they are planning on a lot of governmental supervision to make it happen.

The Victor Chandler Group and Bwin Interactive Entertainment have already started sniffing around to see if they could open online gambling shop in South Africa. They are not alone, and every day there are more companies vying for a piece of the industry.

There is already online gambling in South Africa, it just isn’t legal. The new law would protect its residents, and regulate the industry.

Online Casino Sites and Software Lucrative for Poker Pros

For the past few years, many of you may have noticed the endorsements of poker pros on some of your favorite online casino sites. Well, it’s becoming very lucrative for these pros to sign-on and plug a good online casino site. You may have even witnessed these pros talking about the online casino sites at poker junkets and personal appearances.

One fine example of an online casino endorsement by a pro happened in an area just inside the Rio resort when Doyle Brunson, a well known and very successful poker player, made an appearance to sign copies of his book SuperSystem 2 for his fans. While there, Brunson proudly mentioned Doyle’s Room, a new online poker site he is a paid spokesperson for. Brunson, who is actually from Las Vegas, even sports hats with a Doyle’s Room logo right on it!

Brunson, who does admit he is even putting together a book about online casino gambling strategy, says he plays poker online on a regular basis.

It really comes as no real surprise that many of the most famous poker players now play online regularly.

In fact, most of the world’s best-known poker players live in the Vegas area like Brunson does. Still, they are attracted to the online casino sites because many offer jackpots just as high as the biggest and best land casinos.

Online poker can definitely add to a poker pro’s income. If you are good at a casino on land, you are good online, too. Travel expenses to stay at home really don’t exist either.

Keep in mind that these poker pro’s you see endorsing an online casino site are merely paid spokespeople, they have no ownership in the online casino sites. This is mostly due to the fact that the laws surrounding online poker sites are vague.

Another example of a famous endorsement for and online casino-type site is  Howard Lederer, he is famous for poker as well. He promotes Full Tilt Poker. Lederer also has part ownership in a gaming software company.

The list of pros endorsing online casino sites is a long one. The list of pros branching out in the gaming software industry is gaining quickly too.

Expansion Plan for Gaming Gets Noticed

The aim of Internet gambling casinos is to provide their customers with the most exciting online gambling experience. In this respect, they strive to feature the newest and the most exciting casino games that people wish to play. So, the quality of the online casino games is a major aspect that makes gamblers play in certain Internet gambling casinos. The renewal and the constant updates of the casino gambling repertoire are some other key aims to give the online gaming a fresh look and an air of novelty.

Players also look for Internet Free Casinos that treat their clients with the utmost respect and consideration. They claim an online gambling that is controlled to be fair and correct by third party observers. Consequently, a good customer service is another essential ingredient to give online gambling a smooth and secure feeling. And generally, online gambling casinos have educated a friendly staff available round the clock and contactable by email and toll-free telephone.

Moreover, to protect their customers, maintain confidentiality and offer safe and secure transactions, Internet gambling casinos need to use high-security encryption and firewall technologies. So, Internet gambling casinos are worth trusting!

In Illinois, the latest plan to expand gambling includes a grant to help the state’s horse racing. Additionally today, Gov. Rod Blagojevich showed an interest in the idea.

The plan brought to fruition by Rep. Robert Molaro, a Democrat, is a variance of the very plan the Governor himself implied in March.

The plan would permit the state’s casinos to have up to 3,000 slot machines and also have table games. Currently, Illinois only allows up to 1,200 slots. In return, casinos would give the state $20,000 for each new machine. No new casinos would be allowed.

It is approximated that the state would generate between $500 – $600 million next year alone, in additional taxes and earnings from permitting more space to gamble in the casinos.

The difference between the governor’s plan and the Representative’s plan is that, Molaro’s plan includes giving 3% of the casinos’ gross earnings to the state’s racing industry. Molaro idea is to save the racing industry from the extra competition created by the state.

Additionally, the Rep’s plan asks for the top tax rate on Illinois casinos to drop down to 50%. Currently it is 70%, which the Governor supports.

The plan is likely to get a conservative response from lawmakers who are in favor of opening new casinos.

Wyoming Questions Online Sweepstakes

In Casper, every day patrons enter a nearby Internet cafe to log-on to the cafe’s computers for chances to win sweepstakes by playing many different types of online casino games.

Basically, the players are using phone cards that have sweepstakes points on them and they are using the points to win actual money. All this is done using the computers that are rented at the cafe.

This sounds easy enough, but the state attorney general deems it to actually be illegal, and a nearby prosecutor for the state is asking questions. Operators of the cafe contend that it is totally legal. They feel that it is a genuine promotion plan. The operators also feel that the campaign is really not much different than the popular instant-win twist-off caps you see on soda bottles all over the country. The company holding the campaign states that it’s just trying to excel sales of their legal products which are phone cards and Internet time.

As it stands, Wyoming is one of 8 states in the US where these sweepstakes are played. The other 7 states are South Carolina, Florida, Texas, California, Alabama, Hawaii and Massachusetts. 2 other states in line to start these sweepstakes are Utah and Arizona. The games are yet another vague area in the on-going free-for-all over what illegal gambling really is.

The sweepstakes work like this, customers can either buy Internet time only, or a combo deal that includes both Internet access and a phone card. For example, 5 bucks gets you a 100-minute phone card, 1 hour of Internet access and 100 sweepstakes points. Customers can only use the points to play games on the computers at the actual cafe. Points that the customers win playing the casino games can be turned-in for additional more long-distance minutes or cash. Because the games are free to play, the gray area presents itself.

Ill. Senate Gives Go-ahead to New Program for Internet Lottery Sales

If everything goes to plan, Illinois gamblers would be able to purchase their lottery tickets from a computer. Today, the Illinois Senate approved the bill to develop the new pilot program.

The bill, brought to light by Sen. John Cullerton, a Democrat, is set to pilot a new program to experiment with online lottery ticket sales. The Senator believes that Internet lottery ticket sales might possibly fuel as much as $100 million in revenue for the state of Illinois.

The new lottery measure, which passed 32-24 now goes to the House for approval.

As far as opposition to program goes, Republicans fear the measure could generate problem gambling and raise personal debt. This is being pointed out because, online, credit cards would be accepted as a form of payment.