U.S. Mobsters, Behind in Cybercrime, Could Win Tuesday


11 Responses to “U.S. Mobsters, Behind in Cybercrime, Could Win Tuesday”

  1. JamesMason says:

    Great – yet another thing for the politicians to mischaracterize (lie about) in order to get elected.

  2. codesuidae says:

    I don’t see why bots should be banned. We use machines to compete all the time (see: nascar). They just need to ensure that competitors are classed into appropriate groups.

    Perhaps a crypto-based ID system and automatic classification based on performance history. The higher the stakes, the stronger the ID system required before play is permitted.

  3. kmoser says:

    “So bettors shouldn’t be stunned if they fall prey to cheating on online sites, or are unknowingly matched up against robots, or simply find that the site they put deposits in has disappeared. All of those things have already happened, and they will keep happening at least until online gambling is legalized and regulated.”

    Right, because legalization and regulation always makes thing run perfectly and reduces fraud to zero.

    I’m not saying online gambling should or shouldn’t be legalized or regulated. I’m saying less than scrupulous operators will always exist. In fact, one could argue that as the number of gambling sites increases (presumably once they’ve been legalized), the incidents of fraud will increase as well.

    • Jonathan Badger says:

      Yeah, the idea that legality cuts out the Mafia was pretty much disproven by Las Vegas in the “Goodfellas” era…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Hey wait? Didn’t we just pull off the biggest swindle the world economy has ever seen? We sold triple-A rated investments larded up with toxic assets all over the civilized world. I think our national ability to commit mayhem is being vastly underestimated here.

  5. Anonymous says:

    uh, we don’t need the mob in this country anymore.

    We have AIG, Bank of America, Sachs and Chase stealing more money than any mafioso could in 100 years

  6. Fred Bush says:

    Online poker players are pretty eager for legitimate corporations to get in on the deal. The big poker sites have lousy customer service and opaque policies for investigating wrongdoing, both of which should go away with more sunlight and regulation.

    Botting is a separate and more intractable issue. Winning bots have been around for years, both at extremely high limits in heads-up poker games, and at lower limits in standard 6- and 9-player games. It’s only a matter of time before they end up crowding out the humans at online poker.

  7. Ernunnos says:

    Online gambling is like televangelism, or usurious payday loan operations. It’s a money:sense equalizer. This is a function that will be served by someone. But that doesn’t mean we need to legalize it. Accepting that it will exist still doesn’t answer the question of who it should be served by, and in what manner.

    The mob? Or legitimate businessmen?

    I prefer the mob. They’re disreputable, not accepted in polite society, yet I will grudgingly admit that they display a certain amount of bravery in putting their own freedom on the line to pursue their business. And we don’t have to listen to them whining about all the good they do for society. Some things just should be underground. Sewers are necessary to society, but we don’t run them in clear plastic tubes at sidewalk level, you know?

    Now, about outlawing televangelism…

  8. sillygolem says:

    So we will only get this bill if the Republicans take over the house? I thought they’d be against this sort of thing since it’s obviously more big government.

  9. bishophicks says:

    People are going to gamble.

    Yes, less than scrupulous operators will always exist. But if gambling is illegal and unregulated then, by definition, the unscrupulous operators are the ONLY choice. There may be some honorable outfits out there, but with no licensing board finding such outfits is hit or miss. And with legitimacy come legal consequences for those that break the rules. If a customer is ripped off, he can go to the authorities or sue for damages, or whatever.

    Legalization and regulation of on-line gambling is nothing but a win for people who want to gamble (many of whom will gamble whether it’s legal or not).

    The only people who don’t want it legalized and regulated are those who believe it’s morally wrong and that people who get ripped off are getting what they deserve, or the outfits that are taking in a fortune BECAUSE on-line gambling is illegal/unregulated and people like to gamble.

    • Anonymous says:

      It is ridiculous to think that internet gambling will be properly regulated. I live in Nevada and have had dealer friends show me what they can do with a deck of cards. CANCEL that David Copperfield show….I will stay and watch the card tricks….

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