Problem Gambling Intervention Options Being Addressed In Nevada
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It is not like problem gambling is anything new in the state of Nevada. Gamblers who have addictions make up six percent of the betting public in the state and that number is in danger of rising in the current economic climate of the US.
The goal of the new Bill is to aid problem gamblers in receiving help before they fall too far into a hole. Gambling can be a debilitating disease with much the same emotional and financial problems that accompany alcohol or drug addiction.
“This is the type Bill that should already have been in place in a state such as Nevada that relies heavily on casino revenue for their existence. Although it comes a little late, the fact that they are trying to help problem gamblers is a good thing,” said observer Franklin Gruspata.
One of the people that is backing the Bill is Douglas Crawford. He recently was suspended from practicing law by the Nevada State Supreme Court. Douglass admitted to stealing almost $400,000 from clients to finance his gambling problem.
One of Crawford’s main concerns is that early detection is necessary. He claims that had there been an intervention in his case, the damage he caused himself and his clients could have been minimized.
Many states have recently began to address problem gambling. With casino expansion taking place in many of these states, it has become important to address possible problems from the expanded gambling. National Problem Gambling Awareness Week Begins on March 1st.
PPA Statement on Proposed UIGEA Regulations
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Earlier today, the Department of the Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System announced the release of a joint proposed rule to implement the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
While the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) is still fully reviewing the proposed rule a cursory review reveals that the NPRM continues down the misguided path set forth by the Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act signed into law last year.
The PPA has released the following statement:
“Poker players, the American banking community, and anyone who values Internet and personal freedoms should be troubled by this intrusive rule. Deputizing private U.S. financial institutions to determine what are lawful and unlawful transactions will lead to the monitoring and blocking of the personal and lawful financial transactions of many of their customers who wish to play games of skill, like poker, on the internet. This seems more like the actions of Iran than the USA. We are hopeful that sensibility will prevail before these rules are finalized,” said PPA Chairman, former U.S. Senator Alfonse D’Amato.
“Congress should act immediately to pass legislation which will effectively regulate Internet poker and provide the proper safeguards to prevent minors from participating in Internet gaming, preserve states’ rights and ensure privacy and security of online transactions,” he added.
The PPA encourages anyone who is concerned by this government overreach into our personal decisions to voice their concerns during the 90 day comment period provided under the rules. Comments can be made by going to https://pokerplayersalliance.org/news/newsandarticles_article.php?DID=293.
Police Break Up Gambling Machine Operation In Georgia
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Illegal gambling machines are becoming the top target for law enforcement in the US these days. The latest bust took place at the Pyramid Food mart in Columbus, Georgia.
Eight machines were found in a back room at the convenience store after two police officers in regular clothes walked in and observed people playing the machines. Two employees of the store were arrested and charged with a felony count of commercial gambling.
“They (officers) saw people going to and from the back room. I know they did watch people operate the machines,” said Captain William Turner. The police were in the store observing after they received a tip that the illegal gambling was taking place.
These type of arrests and busts are nothing new to the area. Over the last year there have been several raids, mostly on convenience stores. The machines have been confiscated but the raids have not stopped others from trying to run gambling operations.
In this particular situation police found machines that were hooked up to monitors. The customers would push a button and the reels would start. Then, the person would push the button again and the reels would stop.
The machines were similar to slot machines where the player has to line up symbols to win different prizes. The store is located at 3512 Buena Vista Road.