Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) supporters, Citizen magazine states that online gambling is out of control in the United States.
“Gambling has attained unprecedented levels of acceptance, glamorisation and popularity in the United States,” the magazine’s mission statement read.
“Once confined to the remote desert region of Nevada, gambling, in one form or another, is now legal in 48 of the 50 states. Utah and Hawaii remain the only exceptions. Citizens throughout the United States are beginning to see the trail of devastation gambling leaves in its wake.”
“We need citizens to submit comments to our Government about Online Casino Singapore before Dec. 12,” said Chad Hills, Analyst For Gambling Research And Policy at Focus on The Family Action.
“We have more than 800 casinos and 42 lotteries in the United States. The last place we need more gambling is in our homes.”
Chaf Hills is also stating that the American and Canadian policymakers should establish clear policies of effective oversight for tribal gambling operations.
Tighter Lid Imposed on Russia Gambling
Land-based gambling is a mushrooming business in Russia, accounting for close to 1% of the GDP, and some USD 5.3 billion in 2005 alone. Casino game machines take up the biggest chunk—85%, or an estimated USD 4.5 billion of the 2005 aggregate amount.
In an effort to put a tighter lid on the booming gambling industry, the Moscow Duma recently passed a bill on the Gambling Business Facilities of Moscow. The bill obligates the city’s casino gambling halls to be situated at least 100 meters away from educational institutions. Also, the bill prohibits casino game machines from being installed in residential dwellings, state offices, hospitals, supermarkets, and stores.
The Moscow Gambling Business Facilities bill is really aimed at enabling municipal authorities to take control over the rapid growth of the Russia gambling industry. However, it is perceived the redistribution of land-based gambling venues, as a result of the bill, would kill the smaller gambling businesses—leaving only the bigger gambling operators to survive the law.
Russia gambling machines amount to 360,000, with a whopping annual turnover surpassing the USD 1 billion mark. By itself, Moscow has 67,000 game machines, 56 casinos, and over 2,000 playing halls—far from being low figures for one city alone. Of close to 70,000 legally registered gambling machines in Moscow, at least 1/3 are expected to be dismantled once the bill takes effect.
The Moscow Duma are next looking into legislating the concentration of land-based gambling facilities in one and the same place—possibly giving Moscow its very own Russian Las Vegas.