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Iowa State Newspaper Calls For Online Gaming

Student-Run Media Outlet Wants State To OK Activity


The Iowa State Daily posted an op-ed Monday about the need for online gambling in Iowa. The state has been pondering online poker for years but has never passed a bill to regulate it.

“It’s time to move forward with our progressive technology and means of online entertainment,” the ISD staff wrote. “Maybe we don’t have time, or money, to fly out to Las Vegas, put $100 down on a game, lose and fly back. But we’ve got ample time to sit at home, do some online work and, oh yes, attempt to bank another $200.”

It added: “The issue comes down to the fact that consenting adults should be able to do with their money as they choose and if the gambling sites and establishments are not predatory in their methods, then the state government should not move to ban them wholesale.”

According to a 2011 report released by Iowa gaming regulators, Iowans had given offshore online poker companies $13 million to $60 million in revenue annually.

The previously proposed 22-percent rate could yield $3 million to $13 million for the state.

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