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A Break-Up Between Online Casinos and Online Poker? Part I

The online gambling industry is co-formed by online poker and online casino. When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was passed in 2006 both parts of the indutry were opposing the ban un unison. Representatives from both, online poker sites and casino operators, spoke out in one voice. This was because the issue at stake concerned both of them, the right to gamble online from the comfort of your home.

The Interactive Gaming Council (IGC) and the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) filed cases against the UIGEA arguing that everyone should be free to gamble from the privacy of their homes and expected to overturn the UIGEA. However, it did not take long for the industry to realize that this issue had more depth to it and that it was not an open and shut case in their favor. As its next move, the online gambling industry started offering a deal with regulation and taxation of both online poker and online casino.

It was only when the online poker sites realized that they had a different card to play in this argument that the online gambling industry faced a rupture. Online poker sites began pushing an argument forward that did not apply to online casino sites. The PPA began to make big stress in the skill factor of poker. Poker is being promoted as a game of skill, the PPA does not argue that there is no element of luck, but they claim that skill plays a greater part in poker and that a good player will consistently succeed in the long run. They have also made some scientific studies that prove this and helps them in prosecutions against land based poker players.

This is an argument that online casinos cannot use because in games like roulette, slot machines and craps are completely dependent on luck. Even games like blackjack and video poker which have some skill into them are mostly based on luck. Also, the fact that players gamble against the casino and not other players which takes even more away from this argument for online casinos.

Come back to the blog tomorrow to read about how a rupture within the online gambling industry would affect online casinos with financial concerns and the UIGEA.

Online Casino and Online Poker Break Up? Part II


The issue that arises with this is the division of the online gambling industry, will it want to divide itself? The other question is what will happen to the online casino industry should the online poker faction succeed in getting poker declared legally as a game of skill and get itself extricated from the UIGEA mess before any concerted action bears fruit?

If online poker and online casino split up in the case that poker is declared a game of skill legally and gets extricated from the UIGEA, then the money power required to fight the administration would be unavailable to the online casino world. This is because the revenue from online poker is a lot greater than the revenue from online casinos as they have a larger share of the market too.

The silver lining is that it would be costly and inefficient for the authorities to pursue UIGEA against only online casino and if they lose online poker then they may drop the whole thing altogether. At the moment this situation is only hypothetical because neither the law nor the government is likely to accept that poker is a game of skill in the near future.

Source: Casino Advisor

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