|Las Vegas-based BlockPicks.com has launched a petition for the repeal of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) along with the Security and Accountability For Every (SAFE) Port Act, citing limits to civil liberties and the inability to completely eliminate online gambling. |
The information and tracking site for sports handicappers stated that the online petition also addresses steps that it believes would aide in the regulation of the twelve billion dollar a year gaming industry. These include allowing gaming companies adhering to security and taxation laws along with US government gaming regulations to bypass the current Acts.
BlockPicks.com said that American players could also file for an international gaming identification similar to a social security number and receive a 1099 Miscellaneous form to report any gains or losses from each online institution. In addition, foreign players would be able to use a regulated company to place bets, which could be tracked by the both the government and the institution itself to determine the amount won or lost and the appropriate tax to be paid.
'The level of hypocrisy in the legalities of gambling/gaming is extremely high,' said John Roberts, Spokesperson for BlockPicks.com.
'States are able to run individual and multiple state lotteries or raffles, which are no different than purchasing a betting ticket on the outcome of a sporting event. In fact, the odds are better for the sports bettor and are fixed at purchase, which is the same in a state-run raffle. Odds of winning a lottery are variable based on the number of tickets sold.
“As far as using social consequences or gambling addiction as reasoning for the ban, there are no limits to the amount of lottery tickets an addicted gambler can purchase. If the saying 'the house always wins' holds any truth, why doesn't the US Government want to be the house?'