John McCain Calls for Online Gambling Debate

Febuary 13, 2015 -

In the United States, online gambling has quickly turned into a hot topic over the past 18 months because individual states have started taking matters into their own hands when it comes to regulating the games. Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey have all come forth with varying degrees of regulated online gambling, and John McCain has declared that he's open to a debate on the regulation of this industry on a national level.

This is interesting for a few reasons. First, McCain is well-known for protecting the interests of big casino names in Las Vegas. This means that it could be a ploy to try to stamp out online gambling regulation by first bringing attention to the topic to appeal to a larger audience. Second, Republicans have typically been strongly against the expansion of online gamblingT due to moral grounds, so for him to go against the party grain is pretty interesting as well. As far as these things go, we'll really just have to wait and see what happens.

The Arizona senator had an appearance on ESPN where he endorsed having a debate on the subject in Congress, and a major part of that has to do with sports betting. This comes after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made statements in favor of the regulation of sports betting online in the United States which was also atypical for its own reasons. Sports organizations are almost always against sports betting because they believe it takes money away from their cause and promotes the fixing of games and matches.

Whatever happens from here on out, the fact of the matter is that all of this attention getting brought to online gambling in the United States is a good thing. Players all over are always looking for better ways to play, and instead of having to risk their money with potentially rogue sites overseas, this would give players a chance to play under a government framework that protects them from shady behavior. Overall, we're going to have to do a lot of waiting to see where these developments lead, but it could be a major chance for the winds of change to come in a major way in 2015.