New York, Alabama actions spotlight U.S. gambling hypocrisy

Sometimes, the inherent contradictions of U.S. gambling policy are enough to make your head spin. Authorities in Alabama are warning establishments which host regular poker games that such action is illegal — even if said establishments aren’t collecting a rake — and as such will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for ‘promoting gambling’. Meanwhile, a little further north, a New York congressman is planning to introduce a bill to clarify that there’s nothing at all stopping credit card companies from processing online wagers on horse racing. Seems Rep. Scott Murphy doesn’t want the horsey set’s “hands tied” when it comes to, you know, promoting gambling. Oy… If anyone wants us, we’ll be at the bar, promoting tomorrow’s hangover.