Vice Squad
Tuesday, April 06, 2004
Online Gambling Ads

Google and Yahoo announced last week that they will soon stop displaying advertisements for online gambling. The Internet gambling community is concerned that the decisions were made under pressure from the US Department of Justice. The ad bans being put in place by the mega-search engines come on the heels of a recent WTO preliminary ruling that would make it more difficult for US states or the federal government to criminalize online gambling (earlier Vice Squad post, March 28.) The linked article also contains some information about the popularity of Internet gambling:

"Market research firm Christianson Capital Advisors estimated that online wagering amounted to $5.7 billion in 2003, an increase of 42 percent over 2002, with half of those wagers coming from the United States. According to comscore Networks, nearly 25 million unique users logged onto gambling Web sites in the United States in February."

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