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This article was published 8/5/2010 (4178 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The Manitoba government may soon offer online gambling. Our readers were taking bets on whether or not this will happen.
This government of ours has an addiction to gambling. There should be a 12 step program that our country's premiers have to go through.
Its a little shortsighted to say that people are going to start gambling online if this site is launched. There are thousands of people in Manitoba who play casino games online. I have played on numerous sites in the past and I would rather have the profits going to my government and then distributed for public services than to some offshore account. The action of gaming online is not illegal, so why shouldn't the profits generated go back into the province -- just like a casino.
-- Young Manitoban
Why would anyone be opposed to this? These gamblers are going to gamble no matter what. It benefits both parties for the government to get their hands into the pot. Why? Because the gamblers have a safe and legal place to gamble, where they know that the odds are regulated. The government can make more money from the revenues, which they can in turn pump back into counseling for the few people that go overboard.
What's next? legalizing marijuana?
This would be an expansion of government sponsored addiction. How many crimes are committed already by problem gamblers?
This is crazy. The government should govern, not be involved in such activities. Regulate it but do not participate in it.
The thing is that there are already many poker sites. If the people don't go to the Manitoba sites, they will just go to another site. This in no way will feed addiction. Either the proceeds go to Manitoba or to partypoker.com.
-- the real bob
Build it and then advertise the heck out of it all over the world. We need to start thinking globally and not locally. There is a lot of money that could come to us from these sites from people who do not live in Manitoba. You people need to get out of your caves and think bigger. Manitoba has water, power and now gambling. WPG. Seems to fit.
Let's say the government decided to start selling heroin. They could argue that people are going to buy it anyway so why not get a piece of the action? You can't discount the probability that Manitobans who've never gambled online before might check it out to satisfy their curiosity and then end up getting hooked. I just think it's a bad thing for society and government greed is not reason enough to contribute to the downfall of the players who will be unable to play responsibly. Here's a thought for the government: do away with deficit budgets and you won't need to roll around in the mud with the rest of them! Lastly, it offends me that they try to sugar-coat the concept by calling it gaming instead of gambling. That's just emphasizing the fun aspect and downplaying the risk.