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Illinois Citizens to Taste Online Gambling


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For UK citizens, gambling online – through online casinos, poker rooms, bingo
halls and sports betting sites – is old hat, unlike in the United States,
where online gambling is prohibited. That is except for the state of Illinois,
where lawmakers recently approved a bill to open the way for online horse
wagering.

Last week Illinois legislators stunned the online gambling fraternity when they
passed a bill to allow citizens of the state to gamble online as well as place
bets on horse races at online sports betting websites. The bill, voted in by the
Illinois state House, has already reportedly advanced successfully through the
Senate.

This means that online gambling fans in Illinois will soon be free to access
internet gambling sites
and bet and wager online as they choose, a privilege
that citizens of America’s other 51 states cannot enjoy. It seems that Illinois’
government officials have realized that gambling revenues can help during this
tough recession.

As proof of this, the state House has also passed two other gambling bills – one
to introduce slot machines at horseracing venues in the state and the other –
after initially deciding against it – to grant licenses for four new land
casinos. These new gambling avenues are expected to generate revenues of up to
$1 billion.

In addition, the new online betting measures and racetrack slot machines have
been aimed at giving the state’s ailing horseracing industry a helping hand. The
theory is that horseracing fans will be able to boost the sport by being allowed
to place bets over the internet from the ease, comfort and security of their own
homes.

If everything goes according to plan and the gambling bills go through, just as
in the UK, online gamblers across Illinois will be able to register with
internet betting sites, deposit funds and place their wagers online. They will
then also be free to withdraw their winnings as they see fit, as well as make
new deposits.

Interestingly, the Illinois state House voted 87-27 to pass the online gambling
measure, showing that an increasing number of politicians (certainly in
Illinois) are coming around to the idea of legalized and regulated online
gambling practices. The great hope is that the rest of the American states soon
follow suit.

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