From The Times, October 14th 2006 (Dominic Walsh):
“PRESIDENT BUSH sounded the death knell of America’s $6 billion (£3.2 billion) internet gambling industry yesterday when he formally signed legislation banning all transactions involving US punters……”
This relates to the passing of the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act as an appendium to the Safe Port Act. It would seem that its purpose is to prevents any on-line gambling to be carried out in the US. The British Government have kept very quite about its support or otherwise, although oppostion parties have spoken out strongly against attempts from US Authorites to implicate UK Bankers in what they consider to be ‘retrospective legislation’ All online gambling companies have stopped any online gambling for ‘real money’ in the US. (source The Times, October 14th 2006)
Its further complicated by the fact that there appears to be no specific laws to prevent online betting in the states of Nevada, California and Louisiana. (source ATS Networks, published on ATS Bets . com)
Online Casino operators no longer accept memberships for real money gaming from anyone physically located in the US. Obviously that is the correct response.
Technically this presents huge challenges. Its easy enough to block IP address originating from the US. It is easy enough to check home addresses etc and even Credit Card addresses, but what about the punter that is determined, and has a little Computer knowledge? Lets face it the standard of computer knowledge amount the average person on the street these days, often surpasses the standard of computer experts of just a few years ago. And it gets even better as each day goes by.
For a person within the US to obtain a non US mailing address, and even to obtain a non US credit/debit card is not a real problem to a determined ‘High Roller’. So, does the real protection come from banning US origin IP addresses? Unfortunately, for someone with only a modest computer knowledge these days, the answer has to be ‘no, it offers no protection at all’. It is very easy, and costs very little, to use the services of a Proxy Server to hide the correct IP address of a computer on the Internet, so that it appears to come from another country. Any country you like almost. It takes just a few minutes, and someone in the US can appear to the on-line gaming companies computer to be elsewhere in the World.
Proxy servers can also be detected in the most part, but even these can be ‘cheated’ by the very determined.
I am of the opinion that Proxy Servers need to be considered as a potential risk to online gaming companies, and that, for the moment anyway, anyone attempting to access online gaming via the use of a Proxy sever, needs to be considered as potentially being physically in the US. All proxy server traffic to online gaming companies therefore needs to be identified by the online gaming companies computer systems, and block/banned from accessing that system. The use of Advanced computing ‘tools’ to detect this is absolutely essential. I watch developments in this whole area with interest.
Oh yes, with things as they are at the moment, I should just add that if you are in the US PLEASE ONLY VISIT MY SITE FOR GAMES THAT DO NOT INVOLVE REAL MONEY.
Internet gambling has become a fun pastime for many people. People often turn to online casinos when they come home from work as a way to relax. In fact, many people perfect online gambling as opposed to going to a land based casino because it is so much more convenient.
However, just as with gambling at a land based casino, you have to take the same care with internet gambling. Both can get you into serious trouble if you are not careful. Some people have lost a great deal more than they should have because gambling in any form can become addictive. The addiction comes from the thought that there is a lot to win.
However, what does not generally come with that addiction is the fact that with internet gambling, there is more loss than there is winning. Therefore, you have to design and implement a strategy for gambling before you get started. This will help you stay safe, stay within your means, and avoid getting into trouble.
There are three basic steps to staying safe with internet gambling:
1. Preset the Amount You Want To Bet
2. Preset the Amount You Are Willing To Lose
3. Stick to these Amounts
They are relatively easy to define and adhere to, if you have the determination to do so. The first step is presetting the amount you want to bet. When you do this, make sure that you do not deposit any more than this amount in your account. If you already have money in your account, make sure that you bet no more than this, even if you are winning.
Next, preset the amount you are willing to lose. This is important because it gives you the ability to see where you are going and eliminate the losses if you can. Once you lose this amount, even if you have been winning previously, it is time to stop for the day.
Sticking to these amounts is probably the hardest part of internet gambling. But, doing this will help you avoid trouble, big trouble. When you are winning its easy to keep going, harder to stop. But if you are winning and you keep going, you might lose more than you intended.
Therefore, when it comes to internet gambling, or any type of gambling for that matter, preset and stick to it, you will thank yourself for it later.
Gambling at online casinos is becoming more and more popular, and there are many great sites out there that offer you the ability to gamble online from the comfort of your own home. Spending time gambling on the internet has become a favorite past time, providing relaxation and entertainment to people all across the world. However, not only is it a great way to have some fun, but it’s a great way to make some money as well, especially if you can take advantage of some of the great bonuses that online casinos have to offer.
Online Casinos Offer the Fun of Online Gambling
Online casinos are able to offer all the fun of going to the casino online. In fact, many people actually enjoy online gambling more, since they don’t have to go out of their home to do it. All you have to do is kick back, start up the computer, and you can be gambling within minutes. You’ll find that these casinos online offer all your favorite games and more, so you’ll enjoy yourself while you’re out there trying to win some money.
Bonuses are Offered by Many Online Casinos
The competition is pretty tough out there among online casinos as they work to draw in players from across the globe. So, many of them are offering great bonuses to attract players. These bonuses can vary from about $25 all the way to $500 and more; however, most of them require that you deposit money as well. The catch is that you usually can’t claim this bonus right away, until you’ve played so much on the site, so the trick is to play, keep your money, maybe win a bit more, and then walk away with the bonus money.
Learn to Collect on the Bonuses to Make Money
While at one point in time you were able to just collect your bonus and run, today you actually have to place so many wagers in order to get that bonus money. So, this means you’ll have to do a bit of playing. You want to make sure that you do everything possible to get the bonus money and more if possible. It’s not always so easy, which is why the Casino Cash Cow guide to online casinos was created to help you learn to really cash in on those bonuses.
So, while there are some great bonuses out there that you can get at online casinos, it is important that you learn how to use them to your advantage. It’s possible to make quite a bit of money gambling online, and with a bit of advice, you can learn to collect online bonuses that will start building your bank account.