The hearing for the anti-UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) went well for pro-gamers. The most important thing for the House Financial Services Board to know is that there cannot be a nation-wide ban on online gambling just because people will abuse the system and possibly develop addictions.
Those against the UIGEA are saying that there will always be those who choose to ignore the moderation rule. The same problem exists for alcohol and other substance abuse as well as addictions to sex, etc. The best thing that the US Government can do is regulate the industry, just like they do for all of the aforementioned industries and provide support for those who may not be able to control themselves.
No one is arguing that children should be allowed to gamble online. In fact, parents should monitor all internet actions for the safety of their children. But adults should be allowed to make decisions on what pastimes they can participate in. Should they develop an addiction, like so many others they will have to get help. It is the duty of the US Government to ensure that there are prevention and support strategies for those with addictive behaviors.
Those in support of the UIGEA believe that it should be implemented as soon as possible to prevent more US citizens from developing gambling addictions than can be handled in a timely manner.
There will be more hearings to come, especially those in which a vote will be taken. Another debate is to be scheduled sometime in the New Year.