In a move that has surprised many other states, New Hampshire has now decided that from 1st July, they will offer their residents legalised online gambling.
It may leave many lawmakers and anti-gambling groups stunned, but from 1st July 2010, online gambling is set to be offered to residents of New Hampshire, at least in one particular form only. State lottery company PayTech Casino have been given the green light to offer their customers a unique opportunity. They may purchase credit worth $100 at lottery retailers, then use that credit to go onto the Internet and choose the games, which are of a similar type to scratch card games, that they want to play.
The beauty of this system of gambling and the way it gets completely around the UIGEA, which came into force on1st June, is that the determination of whether the bet will win or lose is made at the time the credit is purchased in the store. That way, no actual purchase is made online and there is therefore no requirement for payment processors to be involved. Gamblers don’t actually need to be online to find out whether their bets have won or not, as this can be also be found out at the store where they were purchased. Although not everyone has time to wait around in a store to get the results, so being able to check online is very convenient.
Lawmakers are surprised and many are angry that this kind of gambling with its connection to the Internet is even allowed. Marjorie Smith, the House Finance Chair is reported as saying that while it may not be any different to playing scratch cards, research has shown that nothing is more addictive than playing games on a computer.