However, all state laws prohibit
Internet gambling. The U.S Department of Justice has taken
a firm stand
on the position that online gambling is in violation of the
Federal 1961 Wire Communications Act, which prohibits electronic
wagering. However, according to Sam Braid’s recent book,
The Intelligent Guide to Poker, because the Website are offshore--players
of online games send secure credit card payments through the
Web—the games are legal for U.S. residents.
According to Lt. Walter Ozeki of the Honolulu Police Department,
online gambling is a gray area for the federal government,
but not for Hawai‘i: “All the laws still apply because
you are placing the bet here,” Ozeki said.
The recent heavy infusion of poker into people’s lives
has some other drawbacks. According to the National Gambling
Impact Commission, 1.2 percent of the total American population
(2.5 million) has a gambling addiction. Gambling addictions
can negatively impact every aspect of life, from learning and
performance to mental and physical health.
According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, the
18-24 year-old age group has the highest rates of addiction.
enough, this age group is usually in college around this
time as well.
The college years may represent a heightened risk for developing
gambling problems because this period is associated with
a wide range of at-risk behaviors, including heavy use
because online gambling has become both socially accepted
and accessible. The council reports that 6 to 12 percent
to 20 year olds are addicted to gambling. Easy availability
the opportunities to make bets and win big can push college
students to start gambling.