Cutting the Wire: Gambling Prohibition and the Internet

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University of Nevada Press, 2005 - Business & Economics - 282 pages
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The story of the Wire Act and how Robert Kennedy's crusade against the Mob is creating a new generation of Internet gaming outlaws. Gambling has been part of American life since long before the existence of the nation, but Americans have always been ambivalent about it. What David Schwartz calls the pell-mell history of legal gaming in the United States is a testament to our paradoxical desire both to gamble and to control gambling. It is in this context that Schwartz examines the history of the Wire Act, passed in 1961 as part of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's crusade against organized crime and given new life in recent efforts to control Internet gambling. Cutting the Wire presents the story of how this law first developed, how it helped fight a war against organized crime, and how it is being used today. The Wire Act achieved new significance with the development of the Internet in the early 1990s and the growing popularity of online wagering ...
  

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Contents

Legal Vices and Illicit Diversions
12
The Anxious Decade
45
Camelot Strikes Back
80
Booking the Bookies
117
A Money Jungle From Sea to Sea
141
Point Click and Bet
176
March Madness
199
Prohibition in a Borderless America
219
Bibliography
259
Index
273
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