Gambling for money online is illegal in the United States. In November, residents of New Jersey will have the opportunity to vote on a referendum to legalize intrastateÂ online gaming. What this means is that New Jersey residents will be able to play online poker against other New Jersey residents, only, allowing for New Jersey’s governmentÂ to keep track of winnings and increasing its revenue. Recently, Governor Chris Christie had the opportunity to sign the billÂ legallizing intrastate online gaming under state regulations. But, he changed his mind just before he was to do so. Instead, it will be up to New Jersey voters to pass or reject it.Â
There are pros and cons to this issue before us. Financially, it would help our state financiallyÂ by participating in the multi-million online gaming market. But, if every state regulates itself there may be problems down the road. By waiting for the Federal Government to regulate online gaming, there would be a consistency throughout the states. Morally, it may cause more financial distress to individuals and families in an already distressed economy.
Our state Government has not been fiscally wise in the past. There is too much at stake – it is a gamble that I believe New Jersey should not take on its own. If New JerseyÂ becomes the first to legalize intrastate online gaming, they won’t have the opportunity to learn from others – itÂ will be a new road paved from the beginningÂ with our infamous pot holes. New Jersey’sÂ law makers needÂ notÂ rush in too quickly or they’ll further damage our well being. New Jersey needs to take this slowly andÂ responsibly for there may be devastating repercussions for many who participate in the games.Â I fear that New Jersey’s gain may become hardship for those who willÂ find it all too easy to lose their hard earned money or for those who are already in debt. How will New Jersey take care of its own, then? Will it beÂ with this new revenue?
For those who enjoy playing poker, participation online can be stress free by playing with “free money” in real time, free online poker games. No debt owed and legal.