Internet Poker Owner Sentenced 14-Month Prison Term: Outlaw Online Gambling?

Fef 2012/07/24 08:54:38
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The United States has taken a tough stance to enforce the federal laws regulating online gambling. The government wanted to make that point clear in a recent case against Brent Beckley, 32, who worked for Costa Rica-based Absolute Poker. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan handed Mr. Beckley a 14-month prison term. Judge Kaplan said, "the sentence has to make clear that the government of the United States means business in these types of cases." The judge handed down the prison term despite Mr. Beckley's cooperation and pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and bank fraud.

Federal prosecutors have gone after the biggest names in online gambling including Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. Prosecutors and law enforcement have to enforce the laws passed by government. But should government do more to legalize and regulate online gambling instead of force companies offshore?

New Jersey passed a bill to legalize online gambling. New Jersey passed the law to capture some of the offshore, online gambling money the casinos would have otherwise lost. NJ made the switch to legalize online gambling before any other state. FoxNews.com reported this in December 2011: Under the bill, New Jersey casinos could see profits of more than $300 million a year, while the state would collect an estimated $28 million.

States and the federal government could increase tax revenues by legalizing online gambling. Cooperating with the large casinos would help regulate and bring integrity to the industry. However, some argue than online gambling only exacerbates the problems with gambling. Anonymity, electronic fraud and easy access to gambling would make it easier for organized crime and worse for gambling addicts.

REUTERS.COM reports:
NEW YORK (Reuters) - An owner of Absolute Poker, one of the three largest Internet poker companies, was sentenced to 14 months in prison on Monday after admitting to deceiving banks over the processing

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  • Michael 2012/07/25 15:27:22
    Legalize It
    Why are Indians the only ones to capture the gambling profits, when they find a dozen members with 1/8th % Indian heritage, in pockets of different states, to organize a site? Physical or online, I do not like gambling, but it is legal.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/07/24 21:47:00
    Legalize It
  • Daryl 2012/07/24 18:20:16
    Legalize It
    Legalize almost everything.
  • TerryAgee 2012/07/24 17:12:05
    Legalize It
    Tax it like we do cigarettes and alcohol. Yay or nay?
  • Temlakos~POTL~PWCM~JLA~☆ 2012/07/24 15:02:46
    Outlaw Online Gambling
    It's a thing for States to do. But I see too many problems with wasted money, provocation of other kinds of crime, etc.
  • thefatguy 2012/07/24 14:59:43
    Legalize It
    In typical hypocritical fashion, the government condemns private gambling but allows state-run lotteries, which equals a tax on the poor and uneducated. Do as I say, not as I do. More unconstitutional B.S.
  • Louisa - Enemy of the State 2012/07/24 13:00:39
    Legalize It
    Louisa - Enemy of the State
    Yeah, decades ago they got me for gambling and I did the court/lawyer/fine/penalty thing and then the state promptly went into the lottery business!

    And I'll bet you that.............oppps......just broke the terms of my probation! (kidding)
  • Kigan 2012/07/24 12:28:22
    Legalize It
    Honestly, what is the point of outlawing it? Gambling is gambling, whether in a building or on a computer.

    The lottery is gambling, and some spend entire paychecks on tickets and come out winning $5 - if they are lucky.
  • Charles E Kigan 2012/07/24 13:27:51
    Charles E
    The point is that the federal government wants to control as much of our lives as possible.
    Other than that it is just a stupid law.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/24 12:21:41
    Legalize It
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    Gambling is gambling whether it is online, at a store or in a casino. What do people think a lottery ticket are?
  • Charles E Torchma... 2012/07/24 13:29:16
    Charles E
    Lottery tickets are a worse payoff than internet gambeling.
    But it's ok because the government controls the lottery. :(
  • Elaine Magliacane 2012/07/24 11:25:20
    Legalize It
    Elaine Magliacane
    A fool and his money are soon parted... this is the fastest way other than drugs that I know of to waste money.
  • ray 2012/07/24 11:09:49
    Legalize It
    Chose this answer as it was there are only two choices .
    The question should be , why do we need a law at all ?
    Why should not the individual be allowed to make choices for themselves?
    Not everything people do needs to be regulated.
  • Charles E ray 2012/07/24 13:31:20
    Charles E
    We need this law because without it people might make their own decisions without government control.

    Can't have that, can we?
  • ray Charles E 2012/07/24 13:33:50
    Kind of outrageous that the same man that can't be trusted to control his self , should then make rules for others isn't it ?
  • ray ray 2012/07/24 13:37:46
    Just a though .
    Should buying stocks on the internet be considered internet gambling?
  • Charles E ray 2012/07/24 13:58:43
    Charles E
    Don't say that too loud or Chris Dodd will come up with another law to help destroy our economy.
  • Charles E ray 2012/07/24 13:57:20
    Charles E
    Totally outrageous.
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/07/24 09:27:26
    Legalize It
    Maybe it might be better people stay at home and can make money. The new home base business(: I am just kidding, don't pay me no mind.
  • MlssCue =Go Blue= 2012/07/24 09:04:03
    Outlaw Online Gambling
    MlssCue =Go Blue=
    Honestly I could care less one way or the other. I just wanted to say that if these people are giving their $ away online to gamble, how legit do you think it's going to be?

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