The Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG) launches their second ad in their continued pursuit for the end of Internet gambling in the U.S.
Who is the CSIG targeting as the victims of online gambling this week?
It’s time for the children to take centre stage as the advertising department wheel out the child actors in their second ad created to sway opinion on the introduction of online gambling in the U.S.
The new web based ad is called ‘Don’t Bet On It’ and it has been directed at the eyes of opinion leaders in Washington D.C, Sacramento and Las Vegas through targeted digital and social media advertising.
On the ‘Latest News’ section of the CSIG website. They claim that the FBI’s Cyber Division ‘has warned that age and physical location can be ’spoofed’ and Morgan Stanley last week cited continuing problems with geolocation technology in New Jersey.’
The ad follows a young child who has logged on to his fathers online gambling account and started to play blackjack, roulette and poker, because: “poker is the best. You just keep playing and sometimes I win. It’s pretty fun.”
The purpose of the ad is to show the opinion leaders how easy it is for youngsters to access online accounts that belong to their parents.
“I believe the recent $32.5 million settlement by Apple over in-app purchases made by kids on their parents’ iPads/iPhones is just the tip of the iceberg if online gambling continues to grow,” said Coalition National Co-Chair, former Senator Blanche Lincoln. “If kids can blow $2,600 in the app ‘Tap Pet Hotel,’ then think of what can happen when they get hold of their parent’s password and start playing blackjack? It is a nightmare scenario for parents.”
The former Senator then went on to say.
“When I hear the words Internet gambling, the first thing I think of are other parents like me with teenage and college age children. The last thing any parent wants is for their child is to have a casino in their pocket. It is one thing for them to reach a mature age and travel to a casino for entertainment. It is quite another for the casino to follow them around 24 hours a day 7 days a week putting at risk their credit rating, savings or even their college tuition.”
It is one thing for them to travel to a casino for entertainment?
Once again the hypocrisy of the CSIG case stinks. Whilst it may be easier to gain access to an online casino than a brick and mortar casino, banning it is hardly the approach now is it?
My son once spent £60 on a wheelbarrow load of Smurfberries when playing the Smurfs on my iPad.
The Coalition to Stop Illegal Smurfberry Smuggling (CSISS)