Do Not Bet on Unilateral Prohibition of Internet Gambling to Eliminate Cyber-Casinos
Michael P. Kailus | 1999 U. Ill. L. Rev.
The personal computer is a staple of the American home, providing millions of Americans access to the Internet. The broad accessibility of the Internet has impacted numerous commercial markets, including the heavily regulated gambling industry. Over the past couple of years, the gaming industry has experienced the introduction of cyber-casinos, Web sites where subscribers play electronic games of chance, and Internet sports betting parlors. Despite dubious legality, the number of gambling Web sites is growing at a meteoric rate. Sensing that Internet gaming is here to stay, federal and state legislatures, courts, and traditional gaming organizations are attempting to address the future of on-line gambling. This note discusses the political, legal, and social ramifications of the on-line gambling market, and addresses whether Congress and state legislatures should adopt an outright ban. After examining the various arguments on both sides of the prohibition debate, the author concludes that the federal government should regulate, rather than unilaterally prohibit, Internet gambling. Further, the author provides a regulatory model that Congress may adopt to implement some control over the rapidly expanding Internet gaming market.