Looks like Ontario is getting into the online poker business. I like it, why should offshore companies get billions when we can run our own?


"Current online gaming sites police themselves, which can potentially leave users and the system open to fraud, cheating and other illegal acts. As such, the respective governments believe that offering online gaming in a licensed, regulated environment will create standards regarding who can play, ensure responsible gambling, and thereby improve accountability."


"Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan stated that the province loses approximately $400 million per year to offshore websites. In California, it is estimated that offshore gaming sites attract two million Californians, who spend an estimated US$300 million each year. In New Jersey, Democratic state Sen. Raymond Lesniak stated that if legalized, online gambling would generate approximately $210 million to $250 million in annual gross revenues for the state. As these numbers clearly indicate, the potential revenue to be derived from government-controlled online gaming is tremendous.
Conclusion: End of an Era

Regardless of the competing rationales behind this impetus to establish government-sanctioned gaming websites, it is evident that many countries have already moved in that direction.

Whatever the outcome, one thing is certain: There are many new "sheriffs" in town, and it appears that the unlicensed freewheeling days of the metaphorical "Wild West Virtual Casino" are numbered."