Satellite Gambling
By Earl
The Associated Press reports that casino industry experts speculate that some Las Vegas casinos 'could be catering to Internet bettors outside the United States within six months.'

Technology that would include a 'global positioning satellite system to pinpoint an Internet bettor's location, or a mouse that scans a thumbprint, would accurately identify someone visiting an Internet gambling Web site and authenticate the person's location.'

The federal government regards Internet gambling illegal, but industry leaders in Nevada are composing regulations they hope would allow Internet gambling in this most gambling of states, and obtain at least some of the $2.2 billion that is estimated to have been bet worldwide over the Internet in 2000.

Pete Bernhard, Chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, said that, '... Until the legal issues are resolved, it's premature to begin setting technology standards.'

However, Tony Cabot, a Las Vegas lawyer and Internet Gambling expert, said, 'The reality is that the technology is currently available that can meet even the highest standards set by any government. The question becomes: 'What are the standards going to be?' Because as you raise the bar, the cost of deployment also raises.'

The Nevada State Gaming Control Board has been researching the legal aspects of Internet gambling as they relate to the federal Wire Act, and is keeping up with the latest developments in technology related to this form of gambling.

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