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Things like this always happen though when the so-called "legal" vices are threatened by those not considered to be "part of the club."|
The "club" then, goes to those they pay off and demand that the interlopers not be allowed to participate in the "vice."
It happens with drugs - with the most widely abused "drugs" in North America and many so-called developed countries being the "legal" ones from the big drug companies for whom having politicians in their pocket is part of doing business and no doubt tax deductible. Extremely dangerous drugs like alcohol, Valium, Zanex, various stimulants, methadone, Ritalin and other mood altering drugs, all are legal, all are extremely dangerous, all are addictive - but, all are legal because the big drug companies make billions and their politician stooges get very fat bank accounts for keeping other "better choices" if you will, for recreational stimulants off the market as much as possible.
It is then not surprising at all that Las Vegas and Atlantic City and especially the "new kid on the block" - the gambling meccas of Native America casinos on refugee farms - euphemistically called reservations - would get their panties in a twist over the fact that so many billions are being lost to THEIR coffers by internet gambling.
It is the same in Hong Kong and Macau where the legal corruption of things like the Jockey Club are protected by the government so that they - and Stanley Ho in Macau - can make billions while keeping anyone involved in off-track betting or internet gambling labeled as criminal. The HK Jockey Club is surely one of the most corrupt little pieces of protected organized crime in Asia if not the world. They get to control all gambling, all lotteries and the trucks that carry their profits to the bank to be funnelled out of HK could cause serious traffic jams if they were all on the streets at the same time.
Don't let anybody else make a buck, keep it in the family, send it out of HK back to England, all of that is fine, but don't let anybody bet where they get better odds and even better payoffs, that's a bad thing...for the HK Jockey Club.
Even now in Macau where competition has opened up and Stanley Ho's many-years-long monopoly on printing money - which is what gambling is anyway, a license for the operator to essentially print money - has been eliminated and America concerns are building fancy, 5-Star casino/hotel/resort complexes and the sleazy dives run by Ho are being avoided in droves as the fools seeking to be parted from their money flock to the new imported gambling dens, good old Stanley Ho is complaining that his profits are being cut into by the imported gambling dens and trying to get his corrupt politician stooges to halt the inflow of new foreign casinos.
Even Singapore is investigating creating a "legal" gambling industry that will itself take billions away from both HK and Macau as they will no doubt - just to compete effectively - offer better deals.
So, it can be seen as just a normal thing. Those already making the "BIG BUCKS!" don't want anybody to come in and take their lucre away. Nobody already paying off a pittance in prize money or winnings wants an interloper coming in offering better payoffs or better odds since that would then mean that perhaps those trying to maintain their monopoly would lose a buck or two by having to compete to try and get those gamblers back.
Ultimately, I don't care though. To me, anybody stupid enough to gamble on or off line gets what they deserve when the boogeyman comes and takes their house, their car, their life insurance and anything else they can get their hands on to pay off gambling debts.
If tomorrow, Las Vegas, Macau or HK lost every penny they made from catering to gamblers it wouldn't be any skin off my a*s at all.
Still though, it is interesting to watch as the legal street-level criminals are being protected against the illegal internet-based criminals by the legal criminals in government in America.