us: Opponents of Internet gambling ban like their odds in ’09

Critics of long-awaited regulations issued this week by the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Board to enforce a federal ban on Internet gambling are betting on the Obama administration and Congress to overturn the rules. Lawmakers and financial services firms have complained that the proposed rules were vague, burdensome and not likely to stop millions of Americans from online betting, but the Bush administration worked hard to finish the guidelines, which stemmed from 2006 legislation, before the end of the term.Comment on this article in The Forum.Under the rules, which take effect Dec. 1, businesses are barred from knowingly accepting payments linked to Web gambling operations through credit cards, electronic funds transfers, and checks. The House Financial Services Committee approved a bill in September that would put off implementation of the gambling ban, but it never reached the House floor.

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