Internet Gambling
NATIONAL CRISIS

The Internet has made it possible to gamble 24/7 without ever leaving your home or office. And, while reputable Internet gambling websites require proof of age, any kid smart enough to get a fake driver's license to buy beer can use the same piece of identification to get the OK to roll the dice online. Whyte (National Council on Problem Gambling) says the Internet is especially appealing to the compulsive gambler because it offers anonymity and social isolation. Plus, when you're using credit or other non-cash methods of betting "it doesn't feel like you're spending money."
Wanna Bet? No Problem /www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,134922,00.html/10.14.04

Children as young as 10 are logging on to internet poker sites that offerfree practice games, McGill University psychologist Jeffrey Deverensky said at the end of a two-day conference hosted by Nova Scotia Gaming Corp. He said studies have shown that 10 per cent of 12- to 13-year-olds have gambled on these trial sites. While it may seem harmless, as no money is gained or lost, many young people with gambling problems cite early exposure to internet gambling, he said.
Internet breeds generation of young gamblers: /www.cbcunlocked.com/artman/publish/article_645.shtml/10.4.05

An American newspaper found kids as young as 11 playing poker online for play money. A recent study by the International Center for Youth Gambling at McGill of 1,100 children ages 12 to 17 showed that 42 percent play gambling games online, but not for money, while nearly 6 percent play for real dough.
We're Raising Gamblers thetyee.ca/News/2006/04/13/RaisingGamblers/4.13.06

The percentage of college gamblers participating in online betting has almost doubled, from 11.7 percent in 2000 to 20.9 percent in 2005, according to the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey has been tracking the 2,000 known Internet gambling sites since 1995. In 2005, 8 percent of the calls to their gambling helpline were made regarding Internet gambling. That percentage was just 1 percent in 2000. "I've had friends who say they're paying their tuition on poker money, but every poker player is a liar so who knows." "I'm absolutely addicted," said Farmer. StudentAffairs.com, a resource for college administrators employed in student affairs departments, cites several reasons for the increase in online gambling, such as constant access to the Internet and credit cards.
Online Holds 'em /www.oudaily.com/vnews/2.22.06

Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Rick Boucher, D-Va., reintroduced the 2000 bill, after they said it was "derailed" by efforts made by now infamous Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who led a campaign of misinformation and lacked the two-thirds required for passage under suspension of the rules. According to the two congressmen, online gambling sucks billion of dollars per year out of the U.S. economy, serves as a vehicle for money laundering, undermines families, and threatens the effectiveness of states' enacting or enforcing laws, they said last week. "These Internet gambling Web sites typically operate offshore and often serve as a prime vehicle for money laundering and other criminal enterprises. Our bill sensibly updates federal law to keep pace with new technologies by bringing the Internet within the fold of the anti-gambling restrictions that govern telephones."
Online gambling ban reintroduced/UPI Technology Correspondent/2.21.06

A recent study across America found that the number of high school and college students playing poker for money has doubled in the last year. Today more young people gamble once a week than smoke, drink or take drugs combined. Terry Elman, education co-ordinator for the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, says more and more kids are getting sucked in over their heads by the online poker boom. "I was invited to go to a school the day before Christmas vacation and I got there at 7 o'clock in the morning and they were wheeling a boy out in a body bag," he says. "He had hung himself the night before because he had lost on a bet. This is the new frontier of gambling.
The youthful lure of online poker/nation.ittefaq.com/10.09.05

It's 2 a.m. I've got an economics exam very early in the morning. I can stay on for just one more tournament. I am an addict. And I'm not alone. There is a new addiction plaguing college campuses: online gambling. But online gambling only takes a credit card or debit card and an Internet connection. Which puts pretty much every college student at risk. Others, including Senator Charles Schumer of New York, are troubled by the fact that, in practice, there is no age limitation on online gambling because there is no true age identification process. As Senator Schumer said, "These online gambling sites think they have really hit the jackpot by targeting kids." Senator Schumer stated that the problem was so serious that, "Unless we take the necessary steps to eliminate online gambling, more and more of America's young people will be return from college holding a receipt of outstanding debt, instead of a diploma." And as opposed to actual gambling at an actual brick and mortar casino, financial transactions seem much less "real" over the computer, allowing players to more easily deny the kind of financial troubles they have gotten themselves into. Yet, I gambled for hours and hours on my computer. It was a totally solitary addiction.
My College Addiction/www.alternet.org/7.30.05

But students aren't just finding internet gambling -- internet gambling companies go out of their way to find them. Party Poker, one of the largest and best known online gambling firms, has begun advertising on TheFaceBook.com, the internet hub for college students (800+ colleges are registered, about 2.7 million users). In the ad, college students are hugging each other with the tagline, "Just wanna have fun?" Another site, Absolute Poker, has ads proclaiming, "College Students: Win Your Tuition."
I'll Take My Future on Red/Think Progress7.29.05

On his website, Senator Kyl rightly notes, "Internet gambling encourages organized crime, is rife with fraud and abuse, ruins credit ratings [of the bettors], and leads many young people to amass thousands of dollars in debt on their parents' credit cards." In 1996, some 30 gambling websites were taking online bets, mostly from US customers, totaling over $30 million, according to Christiansen Capital Advisors. The gambling industry analysis firm estimates that last year, more than 1,800 gambling websites took in some $7 billion in online wagers. It projects $9.8 billion in revenue this year, and by 2010, an eye-popping $18.4 billion.
Curbing Internet Gambling/Christian Science Monitor/1.06.05

Every Sunday at 6 p.m., coast to coast, more than a thousand college students go online to compete for scholarship money in the qualifying rounds of a national poker tournament "The word, conservatively, is 'epidemic,' " says Edward Looney, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. He attributes poker's surge to its glamorization on TV shows such as Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown and to the accessibility of the Internet and credit cards. "It was a euphoric feeling. It was a need, a drug," says Paul Delvacchio, 40, a married father of two in Marietta, Calif., who started gambling at age 16. He was accused in March of embezzling $500,000 from his company to cover gambling debts, mostly from Internet sports bets. He could face at least four years in prison.
It's always poker night on campus/ www.usatoday.com/12.22.05

But the Consumer Credit Counselling Service is warning students that it often deals with people who have racked up gambling debts of up to 20,000.
Internet poker players gamble with their debt/www.tmcnet.com/2.26.06

Becky Markwell is the director at the Illinois Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug and Violence Prevention. She said most students don't go to riverboats in St. Louis or Metropolis - they're sitting in their dorm room in their pajamas and gambling online or playing cards with friends.
Professors pick brains of gamblers/SIU - Daily Egyptian, IL/3.2.06

A study by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health raised warning flags around Internet gambling, which can be played anonymously and around the clock.
Net bets hurting province/ottsun.canoe.ca2.28.06

Addiction experts are blaming the explosion of online gambling for a dramatic rise in the number of young people getting hooked. "Even kids as young as nine years are learning about gambling. Louise Smith, the director of the YMCA's Youth gambling program, said she knew of a case where one nine-year-old spent hours playing poker online with his dad.
Online gambling snagging children as young as 9/CBC New/4.06.06

Each form of gambling (church bingo, sports betting, casino roulette, etc...) has different structural characteristics. Internet gambling obviously provides heightened accessibility, and accessibility is a risk factor for developing gambling problems, although not the only factor. Gambling in social isolation and use of credit to gamble may also be additional risk factors. Statement of Keith S. Whyte, Executive Director, National Council on Problem Gambling.
Internet Gambling /U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations7.21.01

Total gambling at poker sites will easily clear $1 billion this year, based on PokerPulse's figures, which likely undercount total betting since they do not include popular online poker tournaments that charge entry fees. Online games generally go faster than casino games, and by playing three or four tables simultaneously, players can easily participate in more than 200 hands an hour.
RAISING THE STAKES/www.chicagotribune.com/10.3.04

Gambling industry analysts estimate that online gambling turnover was $11.5 billion in 2000, with the volume increasing to $21.5 billion in 2002, with revenue equaling about $1.3 billion.
Industry Analysts Bet On Online Gambling/www.gamblingmagazine.com/10.28.03

Another effect, unwelcome by employers, is that some 3 percent of employees acknowledge gambling online at work, vs. only 2 percent in 2003, according to a survey by Harris Interactive last year. And employers are not the only ones unhappy -- you can bet that law enforcement officials don't look kindly on the growth of this clearly illegal (in the U.S.) enterprise. Nor can local or state governments milk the industry for taxes. There's nothing they can do about it.
Internet Gambling to Hit $10 Billion/www.newsmax.com/2.08.05

"In my 15 years in organized crime, my 15 years on the street--I ran a major bookmaking operation," said former Mafia boss Michael Franzese. But Franzese points out you do not have to be on the court to place a bet. "You can leave here, go to your dorm room, jump in your birthday suit and in five minutes get on the computer, get mom and dad's credit card and bang it away," Franzese said.
Gambling: The 'Silent' Addiction among Teens/www.wdcmedia.com/news/4.20.06

Gambling experts say poker for entertainment is fine, but when money gets involved or the gambling moves online, that's when problems can occur. A new study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center shows the number of college males gambling in both the real world and online is increasing. Now, one in two male students will play poker for money in a month, more than 19 percent will play online. Gambling experts say it's here where the money physically doesn't change hands that could lead to problems. "You can just keep clicking the mouse and not realize that it's real money, and it is," said gambling counselor Mary Beth Manning.
Poker Frenzy Fueling Gambling Addiction/www.channel3000.com/2.08.06

Add to this poker explosion Internet gambling sites operating 24/7 and you've got a true recipe for disaster. Once the "addict" starts chasing losses, the real trouble begins. Add to this poker explosion Internet gambling sites operating 24/7 and you've got a true recipe for disaster.
Gambling's new teenage heroes (and victims)/ San Francisco Chronicle/1.11.06

Hanaway (U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway) said she is pursuing the case against BetOnSports and other companies associated with online gambling because all those billions of dollars flowing out of United States escape excise taxes. Not only does that rob the U.S. Treasury, but it could foster other illegal activity.
Going after Web gambling a challenge/www.pressofatlanticcity.com/8.04.06

Last year Americans gambled about $5.9 billion online -- around half the global total. Even so, revenues for most online gambling companies continue to grow at more than 40% annually, according to a recent Dresdner Kleinwort report.
Online Gambling Hedges Its U.S. Bets/www.thekansascitychannel.com/money/8.23.06

"Kids perceive [poker] as a game of skill; they don't see it as gambling," said Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling. "They think it's like a Nintendo game, where the more I play the better I can get at poker. That's true to some extent, but the main determinant is still chance. "The main thing we're concerned about is the lack of messaging on the sites like [beer companies] do with drinking. We don't see pros doing public service announcements about only betting what you can afford. We don't see warnings about not drinking and gambling. We don't see 800 numbers you can call for help," Whyte said. The National Council estimates that 4 to 6 percent of adolescents qualify as problem gamblers. The U.S. Justice Department says those who go online and play poker for money are violating the law. The U.S. House of Representatives this year passed a bill that clearly defined Internet gambling as a federal crime, but it stalled in the Senate. Your addicted gamblers want to play blackjack online. They want to play sports games online. They want that quick high."
Poker Business Booms on the Web /www.cio-today.com/8.08.06

It's the explosion of online gambling that's alarming. And it will take a heavy toll on society unless parents and others band together now to deal with it. Solid numbers are hard to glean, but experts say large numbers of young people are graduating from video games to online poker tournaments and becoming addicted. Internet poker tournaments are the latest craze on many college campuses. Parents would be appalled if casinos were built in their neighborhoods and opened up to minors. Yet Internet gambling brings casinos directly into the bedrooms of impressionable youth. The sites hook kids by first allowing them to play for free. These games often are easy to win, giving players a false sense of confidence -- not to mention a skewed view of the odds. Parents need to alert their children to the hazards of gambling in cyberspace. Parents can look for ways to limit their children's exposure to gambling promotions.
Community institutions need to wake up to this smoldering cyberthreat to the financial and mental stability of the next generations.
Cyberspace gambling getting to be a dicey situation fo/San Jose Mercury News/3.26.06

A Harvard study found that 4.67 percent of young people have a gambling problem, Wexler knows the story all too well as he started gambling when he was 7 or 8-years old. By 14, he was gambling with a bookie and by 21, he was stealing to support his gambling addiction. Wexler believes factors such as the current poker epidemic, the rise of online gambling, and lack of education has contributed to the rise of addiction among college students. The popularity of poker has also led to an increase in online gambling activity. According to a University of Nevada, Las Vegas study involving youth gambling, an estimated 15-35 percent of bets placed online involve college students. Students are smart, intelligent and have a better understanding of how to use the Internet. Gambling addiction contains the same symptoms as other addictions. Pathological gamblers lie, steal, are in large debt, and distance themselves from friends and family, while some become suicidal. School work suffers as gambling becomes the top priority in the person's life. "Students run up debt and the majority of it ends of on credit cards," said Sekany. He said that students max out on debt, and have no way to solve the problem. "This leads to lying, stealing, and suicide attempts."
College students struggle with gambling addictions/www.statehornet.com/10.05.05

Despite its illegality, an estimated 4 million to 7 million Americans are Internet gamblers, with poker driving the latest surge. Industry analysts believe rapid growth of Internet wagering will continue, regardless of U.S. policy, because of growing participation in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. "Offshore online gambling Web sites are cash cows, and the greed that propels these companies leads them to solicit bettors in the United States, despite the fact that the Department of Justice already believes this activity is illegal," U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said after his Internet ban passed the Judiciary Committee on May 25. "There's a big distinction between someone entering a casino, where you can verify their age and they have recourse to American law if they feel cheated, and being able to gamble from your bedroom with a laptop at an offshore site, whose standards of operation you don't know," said Gregory Wierzynski, a spokesman for Leach (Congressman from Iowa).
Focus on: Internet gambling/www.knoxnews.com/6.14.06

It's the explosion of online gambling that's alarming. And it will take a heavy toll on society unless parents and others band together now to deal with it. Solid numbers are hard to glean, but experts say large numbers of young people are graduating from video games to online poker tournaments and becoming addicted. Internet poker tournaments are the latest craze on many college campuses. Parents would be appalled if casinos were built in their neighborhoods and opened up to minors. Yet Internet gambling brings casinos directly into the bedrooms of impressionable youth. The sites hook kids by first allowing them to play for free. These games often are easy to win, giving players a false sense of confidence -- not to mention a skewed view of the odds. Parents need to alert their children to the hazards of gambling in cyberspace. Parents can look for ways to limit their children's exposure to gambling promotions.
Community institutions need to wake up to this smoldering cyberthreat to the financial and mental stability of the next generations.
Cyberspace gambling getting to be a dicey situation fo/San Jose Mercury News/3.26.06

Technology now allows college students who otherwise couldn't set foot on a casino floor to bet as much as their credit cards will allow -- often in the thousands of dollars. Today, the excitement of high-stakes poker is just a mouse click away, and as the gamblers' debts mount, many are turning to crime to fund their habit. More than 1.8 million people play online poker each month, wagering an average of $200 million a day, according to PokerPulse.com, an online service that tracks online poker worldwide. Much of that is occurring on U.S. college campuses, Looney (director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey)said.
Internet gambling at colleges 'verging on crisis'/Allentown Morning Call/12.18.05

Challenger's March Madness cost estimate drew from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' current average hourly wage for U.S. workers of about $18. Using a Gallup Poll finding that 41 percent of Americans are college basketball fans, he applied that to the number of working Americans (142.8 million) and then factored in a relatively scant 13.5 minutes that the average fan spent on the ESPN.com college basketball Web site during the 2005 NCAA tournament. "The reality is that they will likely spend much more time online during the workday keeping track of games and managing their brackets," Challenger said. BETonSports, a publicly traded online wagering company, said March is the biggest online gambling month of the year. Last year, between $2.5 billion and $3 billion was bet through Internet sports books during March Madness, and the company expects the total to be 20 percent higher this year.
Office madness/www.kansascity.com/3.16.06

ATLANTA - Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed worked behind the scenes to help defeat a proposed congressional ban on online gambling five years ago. Lisa Baron, a spokesman for Reed, said the political consultant worked against the ban as a subcontractor to Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff's law firm. But she said Reed did not know that the client that hired Abramoff was eLottery Inc., a Connecticut-based company that wants to help state lotteries sell tickets online. The gambling measure would have barred such sales. "It flies in the face of the kinds of things the Christian Coalition supports," said the Rev. Cynthia Abrams, a United Methodist Church official in Washington who coordinates a group of gambling opponents who favored the measure. Stopping gambling is a family concern, particularly Internet gambling."
Reed helped defeat online gambling ban in 2000/www.sunherald.com/10.02.05

Gamblers are expected to ante up more than $500 million online and $97 million in Nevada on the Super Bowl. Americans bet $933.7 million online on sports events in 2001, more than doubling to $2.1 billion in 2005, according to Christiansen Capital Advisors, which tracks gambling revenues. Online wagers "will increase the addiction, the bankruptcy, the crime and corruption we're already getting," Grey said.
SUPER BOWL XL/2.04.06

"Gambling on college campuses is [an] epidemic, and Internet gambling is probably the fastest-growing type of campus gambling," Edward Looney, director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, told The Morning Call newspaper in Lehigh Valley, Pa. "You give me one hour on any campus and I'll find an active game or a kid who can't stay off his computer. It's verging on crisis, and really, we're just getting started."
Internet bets hook collegians/www.sbcbaptistpress.org/12.21.05

Dr. Bud Newman specializes in helping compulsive gamblers, "3-8% of the population have addictive problems with gambling." "We've seen an increase in the number of calls from adolescents, or about adolescents," Dr Newman explains. And with more and more people, gambling from the comforts of home, many believe the new wave of addicts are just a mouse click away.
Gambling in Kentucky/Action News 36/7.27.05

The first generation to grow up with legalized gambling is creating a rising number of teens with gambling addictions. Recent studies indicate that more than 70 percent of youth between the ages of 10 and 17 gambled in the past year, up from 45 percent in 1988.Gamblers also have the highest suicide rate of any addicted group. For underage gamblers, gaining access to gambling outlets is often easier than buying alcohol or cigarettes. The availability of Internet gambling sites makes age regulations increasingly difficult to enforce.
Teen Newshour: A rise in teen gambling addictsPBS NewsHour Extra/5.02.05

More than 500 UMass students list poker as an interest on facebook.com, and there are eight groups dedicated to the game. Poker is here, gambling is here and the ramifications are real. Once upon a time gambling only took place in casinos, but now the same opportunities that exist on the floor of the most spectacular casinos are present in a dingy dorm room so long as OIT hasn't shut your Internet off.
Poker: the downfall of a social life/The Massachusetts Daily Collegian/11.09.05

The biggest spike in risky behavior since the last survey of greater Bridgeport youth, conducted immediately after Sept. 11, 2001, is in gambling. Gambling rose from 29 percent among teens surveyed four years ago to 34 percent this time. RYASAP Executive Director Francis said that with popular television shows featuring poker, as well as many forms of gambling thriving over the Internet, more young people are becoming addicted to gambling.
Gambling rise called troubling/Connecticut Post/10.11.05

Of course, most of the consequences fall far short of death: A college freshman forced to drop out of school after turning into a 24-hour-a-day Internet poker player. The teenage girl looting her mother?s checking account.
More teens are betting their lives/www.fortwayne.com/9.06.05

Does your college student or teen suddenly have a lot of money (or debts) that he can't account for? Gambling may be the culprit. It has always been a potential hazard for teenagers. And with the arrival of Internet gambling, and the proliferation of credit cards in the hands of teenagers, the problem has gotten much worse. Anyone with a credit card can gamble online -- even your young teenagers, if they have access to one of your credit card numbers. Gambling addiction is rampant among college-age kids. It's as much as five times more common in this age group than among adults, says Christine Reilly, executive director of the Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders in the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School. Calls to the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey by people of all ages who found themselves in over their heads because of Internet gambling rose 1,000 percent between 2001 and 2002. Gambling addiction is more likely than any other form of addiction to lead to suicide, says Sharon L. Mitchell, director of the counseling program at the University of Delaware, but college students are much more likely to gamble online or with a local bookie than to go to the big gambling resorts.
Gambling addiction can ensnare teens/The News Journal/7.11.05

THERE was righteous indignation this week when the children's charity NCH revealed an operational flaw that enabled children to gamble online. It had tested 37 online gambling sites - all based in the UK - and found that 30 of them allowed under-18s to register by lying about their age and entering details of a legitimate Solo debit card which are issued to children as young as 11.
Online gambling flaws reveal true depth of the net's identity crisis/ic Wales/7.28.04

Children as young as 11 can gamble online because of failures by websites to carry out proper age checks, according to a new research which found the majority of sites tested allow under 18s to register details. John Carr, NCH's internet adviser, said: "It is shocking that children as young as 11 are able to register with online gambling sites. There are no excuses for this.
11-year-olds 'can gamble online'/icnorthwales.icnetwork.co.uk/7.27.04