24 September 2007

Arizona Makes Betting On Horses Using The Internet A Class 6 Felony

Arizona makes betting on horses through the internet a class 6 Felony.
HB 2694 – Chapter 189 – racing; pari-mutuel wagering
Classifies accepting a wager or betting on a race that is placed outside an Arizona authorized wagering facility as a Class 6 felony. Wagers made by a person in this state are assumed to have occurred within this state. Authorizes the Arizona Department of Racing and the Arizona Attorney General to enforce procedures for wagering at facilities that are not licensed by the Department of Racing.

Poster 'A Lost Texan' on the Pace Advantage forum is trying to unite horse players to speak out against it:

'The State Legislature in May passed HB 2694, which in essence makes it not only unlawful for horseplayers in the state to wager on races using ADW's (Advance Deposit Wagering operation), but makes it a Class 6 Felony, equivalent to indecent exposure, sexual conduct with a minor, or placing a person in imminent danger.

The implications on this are devastating to the entire world of horse racing. To the horsemen all states, this bill will be detrimental to the overall wagering handle, and regardless of how insignificant Arizona may seem now, this is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation, and the impact will only grow into the future. This also sets a very bad precedent, as this move can very well be taken in any other state in the nation. Finally, this move is very bad for the horsemen and live tracks in Arizona itself, as this has already caused an unpleasant rift between horseplayers and all involved parties in Arizona, and a blame-game is occurring as we speak.'

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