The expansion of online gambling is opening the door for many additional concerns in the market. A lot of critics of legalizing gambling believe that it will open the door for crime, corruption and addiction. Though studies have been done and there is no conclusive evidence yet to support the claim, there are still more instances of illegal activities regarding gambling cropping up in the US. For example, recently Murray, Utah was the location of a crackdown on illegal gambling operations. In the end five people were arrested for illegal activities at the Fortune Cyber café. Each person had a record and was charged with felony counts of money laundering.
Anyone who has watched the developments in gambling throughout the world also knows about the issues in Poland. Poland was rocked recently by a slew of politicians who were taking under-the-table money for gambling-related activities. The whole scandal was deemed “Blackjack-gate” by locals. It was a highly embarrassing time for the Prime Minister and recently the country decided to leave gambling to land-based casinos only. Off-cite casinos and gambling activities are now considered illegal and many have been closed down.
These are just two instances of recent media frenzies surrounding gambling in the world. The interesting thing is that gambling still isn’t legalized and laws regarding it are not yet completely formulated. If this is how the pastime is shaping up already, many critics are worried about what will happen once it is formally adopted into law. Maybe critics of legalizing gambling have a point—it could potentially open the door for a slew of other problems that countries are not yet ready to handle. One analyst stated that the best thing countries can do is prepare for problems. He believes that countries that are writing gambling rules should start factoring in funds for wider addiction services and stronger police task forces. Each one will be in place to handle problems that occur regarding gambling and its legalization. Without being prepared, societies are going to have more problems once gambling reaches their economies. Sure, there are millions of dollars at stake, but if most of the money needs to be used for keeping things in order, is it really an advantage?