|A leading advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families has announced that there is a theoretical opportunity to implement safeguards in a regulated environment to protect against compulsive Internet gambling in the United States.|
'I believe those people that choose to gamble on regulated sites could be better protected,' said Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling.
'The vast majority of people that gamble in the US right now are never identified, whereas at least on the Internet, because it is account-based wagering, the vast majority of customers are not only identified but tracked.'
Whyte’s comments came during an interview with the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative during discussions regarding the proposed Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act (IGREA) introduced by Democrat Congressman Barney Frank.
This planned legislation would require licensed Internet gambling operators to put protections in place to combat compulsive gambling. Whyte said that his group is neutral on the issue of legalized gambling and neither supports nor opposes Wexler’s measure.
'Keith Whyte's comments clearly demonstrate that regulated Internet gambling can help protect Americans that choose to gamble online,' said Jeffrey Sandman, Spokesperson for the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative.
'The regulatory framework proposed by Congressman Barney Frank in the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act should be embraced by lawmakers as an opportunity to protect consumers and combat compulsive gambling. The safeguards exist, are proven to be effective and should be required by law.'