|Jeffery Trauman of Harwood, North Dakota a professional gambler is in the news not for winning a jackpot but for being the first consumer in the U.S to be prosecuted for gambling on the Internet. Early August this year, Trauman pleaded guilty earlier to a misdemeanour that later could be expunged from his record.|
The size of Trauman's bets caught the attention of law enforcement officials more than his betting. Besides betting large amounts Trauman declared his winnings on his tax returns. In North Dakota, small social wagers and bets below £25 are legal.
This isolated prosecution would make the Online gambling industry and their clientele uncomfortable, shaking up consumer confidence.
Commenting on the Trauman case, Martin Owens a California based lawyer and Internet gaming law expert says “Such cases perfectly illustrates how silly our gambling laws have become. The Government is making futile efforts to protect gamblers from themselves.”
He has a small bit of advice -'Mr. Trauman would have been perfectly within the law to bet himself into the poorhouse 50 times over, so long as he did it in small increments'.