|The litany of ifs and buts surrounding online gambling shows no signs of fading away, if reports in the Las Vegas Sun are anything to go by. |
Mark Warren, hired as a research specialist in online wagering by the Nevada Gaming Commission, said there are still ' a lot of unanswered questions,' one of which is what the US Department of Justice under the Bush administration will continue with its line that Internet gambling violates federal law. The Attorney General’s office is presently studying federal and state laws on Internet gambling.
Warren said that it could be the case that online gambling will be declared illegal in the other 49 states. A legal opinion is expected next month, which should speed along the Nevada Gaming Control Board’s draft regulations for Internet gaming. The Nevada Board has until now held off on recommending legislation as it waits to see what position the federal government takes, but one of the key provisions of any legislation would be that gaming regulators have “reasonable assurance,” that betting will not be allowed to residents of states where it is illegal. The other key issue is whether it will be possible to prevent minors from betting.
The technology is there today to achieve these aims, such as biometrics (i.e., fingerprinting, retina scanning etc) and location determining technology, but Warren pointed out that the speed of development of these technologies is never more than a step ahead of the technologies used to circumvent them (hacking). A software system, Warren cautions, 'could be secure today but may not be in six months.'