I’ve seen some mutterings around that Bitcoin might be the way that Americans can actually get online and play poker and gamble to their heart’s content. But I fear that it’s one of those things that might well be legal currently but if it takes off then someone along the line will be expending effort to make sure that it’s not.
The background is that the US Federal government has decided, for some strange reason, to insist that no Americans must be allowed to gamble online. My assumption is that it’s the usual mixture of Baptists and Bootleggers. The Baptists being that rather influential religious/conservative block who think that playing cards is fer the devil. The Bootleggers being those who run the casinos….with a very decent assist from the various states that make a mint out of the extraordinarily bad odds they offer on their lotteries.
I assume it’s these two: I can’t think of any other rational reason why full grown adults shouldn’t be allowed to spend their money as they wish. This is one way in which we are notably freer than the Septics, as the existence of entirely legal places for us like PartyCasino.com show.
The Yanks have got so absurd about this that they’ve been trying to jail foreigners who accept US money to bet on games in foreign.
Which leads us to Bitcoin. Currently it’s not legally a currency. It’s no more one that the paper cash that comes with a Monopoly set is. Therefore a number of casinos hoping to gain US business have started accepting Bitcoin so that people can indeed gamble.
Which, I assume at least, is currently legal. However, I also rather assume that it won’t be if it takes off. For the opposition to US citizens being allowed to gamble seems to me to be just so irrational that I doubt anyone is going to let a little thing like legality stop them from trying to prosecute people. There’s so many laws out there these days that they can always find something.