|A Harvard University Study that labels Internet gambling the “crack cocaine of gambling” was cited by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) when he introduced bills to ban all online gaming.|
Unlike previous attempts to restrict Internet gambling by preventing the use of credit cards at gaming sites, Kyl is suggesting that Internet service providers should block all access to known wagering sites.
The bill, which is supported by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), passed through the senate last year, but ran into problems regarding the exemption of horse racing and concerns about future lottery sales on the web.
Kyl remains confidant of the success of the bill however, telling reporters, “We’re going to pass legislation in this Congress that will make Internet gambling illegal, I’m convinced of that.”
Strong opposition is likely face the bill from an industry that handled an estimated $1.6 billion in bets online last year according to the federally appointed National Gambling Impact Study.
Kyl is concerned that the simplicity of Internet betting leaves it open to abuse from addicts and underage users, “A person can get in deep,” said Kyl.