The History Of Online Gambling

Online gambling is a fairly recent practice, yet a very controversial one. Its history began in the 90′s, as the internet began increasing in popularity. One of the first events to take place was when the government of an island in the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda, passed a law in 1994 which allowed online casinos to base there. This was called the Free Trade and Processing Act. Realizing the almost endless possibilities of making money through online gambling, several entrepreneurs jumped at the now legal chance to start this new venture.Different companies were formed that same year and more continued to be formed in the years that followed. Some of these companies were creating online casinos, and others were designing the software needed to run the financial transactions of online gambling and developing new games. As online casinos started to increase in number and become an extremely lucrative business, with reported revenues of nearly 835 million dollars in 1998 alone, different layers of the U.S government began to take notice. One in particular, Senator Jon Kyl, a Republican from Arizona, decided he would be the leader against online casinos and introduced the Internet Gambling Prohibition Act in an attempt to restrict gambling activity in the United States. The bill failed to pass in Congress, and online gambling continued to flourish, possibly even better thanks to the media attention it had received courtesy of the senator.As online gambling continued, a few companies created software packages that could be leased by online gaming sites for a percentage of their earnings. This helps many new online gaming sites appear. Around this time, Canada also began to curb online gaming activities, raiding offices and eventually fining one of the largest online gambling servers.In 1999, Senator Kyl presents a revised version of his Prohibition Act bill, and once again, it fails to gain the support needed in order to pass. Meanwhile, Australia allows the creation of an online casino, which in the end became the only one allowed and is currently still in operation. Although many more would-be casinos attempted to obtain licenses in Australia, the Australian government quickly formed a law preventing any new online gambling operations.In 2000, Republican Senator Bob Goodlatte of Virginia introduces a further revised Prohibition Act to congress, and it is once more turned down. The following year, two bills that would help cut online gambling are passed in Congress. One was an updated version of the Wire Act, which makes it unlawful for individuals to be involved in the business of betting or gambling. The other bill attempts to prevent online payment to online casinos by prohibiting institutions based in the U.S. from handling such payments, making it more difficult for U.S. residents to engage in online gambling.A few lawsuits occurred in the years that followed, and in 2006, several arrests of online gambling CEOs were made. At the same time, the U.S imposed sanctions on offshore gambling companies, resulting in Antigua and Barbuda filing a case with the World Trade Organization, which rules that U.S. actions are discriminatory and unlawful.
Nonetheless, in October, 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is approved by congress, although many question the integrity of the means used to pass it. Online casinos continue to operate and attempt to change laws to their favor; meanwhile, most operate offshore, although U.S residents still make up a large part of their clientele.

Best Card Games for Family Night!

Most psychologists will tell you that having a designated family night will keep the family together over the long haul. And did you know this is one of the secrets of LDS Families? It sure is, and many of these families have nearly 10-members in the immediate family too, amazing indeed. A strong family unit is paramount in this day and age, and I think we all know that don’t we?So, how about “family night” well, yes, you should be doing this, how about once a week. And at family night you better make it fun for the “whole” family, yes everyone. You’ll need fun things to do, perhaps, centered-around dinner and entertainment, and something you can do together. So, how about a card game, one everyone can play. Remember everyone needs to be involved.The game cannot be so complex and complicated that only the older kids or parents can win, thus, you need a strong element of chance, where even a very strategic thinker and player cannot win every time, otherwise the younger kids will lose interest pretty fast. It must also be exciting, challenges and most importantly down-right fun! And who says you only have to pick one card game? Why not have several, giving more chances for fun.One game I recommend that you have on hand is “Uno” because it is easy to play, easy to learn, hard to cheat at, and gives everyone a fighting chance. Let’s say you are going to buy 5-different card games, 5-different board games. Then each week play different games, still, UNO is one game you can play each week, without anyone losing interest. Please consider all this.

Testing Video Games For Cash

Playing video games for a living is a dream come true for some. Playing video games for a living and getting paid for it, is not just a dream, but a reality. Imagine testing video games for cash. Take two minutes to just sit aside and think about it. If you play video games now, just for fun, why not get paid for it?Video game testing is a very large, and growing, industry and should NOT be passed up by anyone. Many things are included when becoming a video game tester. Not only do you get to test video games, but you get to do things other people would never be able, or allowed, to do. Wanna know what exactly I am talking about? Well listen up. When joining the industry you get to take part in some video game beta testing. Don’t understand me? Well, that means the game is done, but it still needs to tweak out some things. So companies will pay you to do that. Do you know anyone who can play a video game before it is released into the world……..I didn’t think so. That is an advantage of testing video games.Another advantage is getting free copies of games before anyone does. Have you blown away all your money trying to buy the newest and coolest games on the market? Well, like I said, it’s not necessary. You can just get them, FREE. That’s the amazing part. You can also take advantage of learning a load of cheat codes and “bugs” before the game is released. I wouldn’t pass up on an opportunity like this if I were you. Does this all sound to good to be true? Well it isn’t. Many people have been completely satisfied with this kind of job. Do your parents want you to get a real job? If so, call them over to the computer right now and make them read this article. Hopefully they will start agreeing that the video game industry isn’t just for goofing off and being lazy, it’s for young teens (or even adults) to make a living that will be fun and enjoyable to them. Earning money while working at a hard job is the thing of the past. Making money from home is the way to go.Think about making almost $200 dollars a day. I know that number is very big, but it is possible. Anything is possible. You can test computer games, or even console games. Don’t like the Xbox 360? Well choose the PC. Don’t like the PC? Well choose the PS3. Not fond of the PS3? Go with the Wii. It’s all up to you.Testing video games has been around for a while now and, with the industry skyrocketing in growth, it is the way of the future. With over $50 billion dollars in sales last year alone (2007), don’t expect those numbers to drop. It will only continue on growing and growing and give Video Game Testers more work to do. But making that kind of money, who can complain? Don’t hesitate on becoming a video game tester. You will NOT regret it. I PROMISE!


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