6/12/2009

Efforts by the Department of Justice to prosecute online gambling and recent efforts by lawmakers to legalize the industry highlight the controversy surrounding online gambling. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., recently introduced a bill that would legalize and regulate Internet gambling, and supporters say it would boost tax revenue and allow for regulation. However, earlier this month, prosecutors seized $34 million from online poker players, a move that I. Nelson Rose, a law school professor and expert on gambling law, says could turn out to instead support Internet poker.

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