I am sure that we have all heard the negative statements that have been thrown at the direction of land-based and online gambling casino companies. Many groups have claimed that they are the reasons that we have so many people that are addicted to gambling in our society today that these Pengeluaran HK groups of people usually don’t have much evidence to back their claims with. This is why it is great to see an online gambling company take the initiative to try to help in finding out why some people gamble compulsively and are addicted to it and that company is BWIN. BWIN and the Harvard Medical School which is one of the most well known medical research schools in the world have teamed up to do a five year research study to try to understand what makes people addicted to gambling to the point that it becomes the most important thing in their lives.
This five year long study is also being done with the help of the Cambridge health alliance and their division of addictions. The main purpose of this study is to try to identify what makes a gambling addict, how to prevent gambling addiction from occurring in the 1st and then what are the major steps that need to be taken to prevent gambling addiction from ever forming in the 1st place. This is not some small research study as it will almost 50,000 gambling players. I must say that I applaud Manfred Bodner’s (CEO of BWIN) courage in taking the chance to undertake this partnership with Harvard. It shows me that not only is he a businessman but he is a businessman with a conscience will care for more than just making a quick dollar.
Hopefully this research study will cause other gambling companies to step forward and start doing research partnerships of their own with the medical community not only in America but across the world. Gambling addiction is a serious problem in our job as a human community is to try to understand it a lot better so that we can make decisions in our society in the near future as to how we can not only curb this disease but also how to diagnose and prevent it from occurring again. Kudos to all that were involved in this gambling research study.
This is the headline many American citizens want to see when they open up their morning paper, or check out their favorite news site. Unfortunately, we’re not quite there yet but it seems we’re heading in the right direction. After all, Barack Obama himself is known to enjoy a good game of poker so why wouldn’t he work towards legalizing online poker for US players? There are two things you should be thinking about. First, what can Obama do as the president to make online poker accessible to US players. Secondly, as a supporter of US online poker, what can you do?
The reality is that the laws that deal with online poker in the US are unclear and misunderstood by the public and by politicians. These laws also took years to implement so it should be expected that it could take years to abolish or amend them. Obama cannot simply make them go away overnight and must follow a process to bring change. The likelihood that current laws will simply be abolished is pretty much null. Instead, existing laws would probably end up being modified in order to make their intent and context clearer. The introduction of new laws with a similar purpose is another approach the government could use. The famous Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) has probably been to most misunderstood law that has been used as mass propaganda to scare US online poker players. Let me be very clear about the UIGEA: This law does not target US online poker players in any way, nor does it target poker specifically. The law targets operators and institutions involved in the transfer of funds relating to online gambling. In fact, this law only serves to strengthen other previously existing laws relating to gambling.
The primary problem has to do with the term gambling vs the term poker. Gambling laws tend to classify gambling as “games of chance” where you roll the dice and let lady luck decide your fate. The argument with poker is that it isn’t really a game of chance, but rather a game of skill. While it is recognized that there is an aspect of luck to the game, poker players around the world will tell you that there is a lot of strategy to it which makes it different, unique, and excluded from those laws.
Will US online poker players see a brighter future ahead? All signs point to yes! It all started with a recent decision handed down by an eastern Pennsylvania judge who decreed that poker is a game of skill rather than luck. A similar court ruling followed in Colorado shortly after, and more of these rulings can only help US online poker players. In addition, as the new Congress begins its work under the Obama’s leadership, House of Representatives member Barney Frank (D-MA) has expressed his intention to reintroduce legislation designed to counter the effects of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA). Indeed, the future seems bright for all US online poker players!