Legalize it!

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Internet poker, that is. That's what the state of South North Dakota is considering, to gin up a little tax revenue. Meanwhile, Illinois and Georgia are chewing on bills that would legalize the online sales of state lottery tickets. Says USA Today:

Those are the latest assault on the federal Wire Act of 1961, which bans use of telephones to place sports bets. U.S. lawmakers have struggled for a decade to update the law, hoping to restrain the fast-growing, $10 billion-a-year Internet gambling industry.

Link via Howard Owens.

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  1. I call him “Gamblor”!

    So, gambling is an evil, dastardly vice that should be prohibited by law, in order to, um, save people from their own bad judgment.

    Unless, of course, the ones profiting from that bad judgment are the political class. Then it’s ok. State-run lotteries in states where gambling is otherwise illegal is a prime example of this. So is legalizing certain easily-taxable forms of gambling in order to generate tax revenue.

    If there’s anything more disgusting than the political class legislating morality, it’s when those same people make exceptions to their so-called “principles” in the name of tax revenue (which they then use to “buy” votes). I have this sinking feeling that many of these bastard politicians would legalize rape, as long as they could tax each occurance…

  2. Peter Tosh – Legalize It

    Legalize it – don’t criticize it
    Legalize it and i will advertise it

    Some call it tampee
    Some call it the weed
    Some call it Marijuana
    Some of them call it Ganja

    Legalize it – don’t criticize it
    Legalize it and i will advertise it

    Singer smoke it
    And players of instruments too
    Legalize it, yeah, yeah
    That’s the best thing you can do
    Doctors smoke it
    Nurses smoke it
    Judges smoke it
    Even the lawyers too

    Legalize it – don’t criticize it
    Legalize it and i will advertise it

    It’s good for the flu
    It’s good for asthma
    Good for tuberculosis
    Even umara composis

    Legalize it – don’t criticize it
    Legalize it and i will advertise it

    Bird eat it
    And they leave it
    Fowls eat it
    Goats love to play with it

  3. Not all that long ago, a couple generations maybe, gambling was seen as a vice on par with drug abuse and prostitution. Now it’s everywhere and almost considered semi-respectable. Let’s hope more vices go this way.

    Looks like all it takes is to point out to politicians how much money is to be made.

  4. I sure hope SD finds a way around that arcane law, if for nothing else, so their residents can read amusing pieces like this in the local paper.

    These days, no matter how far you’ve wedged your head up your ass, you can always blame the government for not pulling it out for you.

  5. Actually both linked articles say it is North Dakota considering doing the legalization.

    I know all those Dakotas look alike, right Matt?

  6. Given the fact on how damn easy it is to cheat on Internet Poker (hint: stack a table with buddies, IM each other your hands, just one way to do it), I’d rather play the lottery – at least I would know I am being ripped off.

  7. The ND Senate defeated the bill 44-3.

    Response to Don: collusion is possible and happens, but it’s not a deciding danger for any reasonably-aware player. In the late 90s I said the same — that collusion would make online poker on a large scale infeasible. I was wrong.

  8. So now we can include in the definition of libertarians “Republicans who like to gamble”!

  9. James B. — There are two Dakotas?

    Also, I’d just like to take this opportunity to tell Texas Holdem comments spammers to fuck the hell off, and also to vote thumbs-down on all state lotteries. Thank you very much.

  10. Most of you are probably too young to remember Jimmy Durante’s line: “Everybody wants to get into the act!”

    Government wants to get into the act for the money.

    Sad, isn’t it? But it proves government to be the parasite that it is; a parasitic meme.

  11. Collusion is hard to do well and easy to catch for a site that monitors for such, so it’s not really a problem.

    Thanks for the link, Matt.

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