Still up in the air, online poker in New Jersey is back in the spotlight since it is one of the most profitable forms of online gambling in the world according to supporters.
“It’s clear that poker will be the first major game (on the internet) and will lead everything else,” said Richard Baskin, founder of U.S. Digital Gaming, which consults on Internet gambling. “There’s just a huge market built for it because of all of the television that has happened in the last couple of years.”
New Jersey's bill that would authorize online gambling is pending in the Assembly - Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a similar bill in the past. His reasoning is his concern for underage gambling and the proliferation of online gambling halls in New Jersey State.
The curious afterthought: While underage gambling must be controlled, what is it that the government is missing? They must limit the amount of knowledge they want to absorb in certain areas. Have they checked out the software? Do they know the software is sophisticated enough to track and record everything - and send a red flag to software security? Obviously not.
They paint a picture of a bunch of gambling lunatics in the United States that cannot control themselves or their children. And doesn't the biggest part of 'in-home' safety for a child fall on their parents? It did the last time we checked.
We find it irksome that kids can buy drugs on every street corner, there are more bars than houses in some small towns, cigarettes kill and destroy the lives of too many each year, but the government and nay-sayers appear not to worry about that. All they fear is that online poker will rip the mind and heart out of Joe Public and his children, leaving only an empty shell of a human that cannot control their actions.
All we can say is, give online poker a chance, check out all of the security checks that are written into the software, get your state in gear and follow Nevada's standard on player protection and licensing.