Online Gambling will Need ID Verification Standards

  • Identity Verification

Internet gambling may be in play once again (pardon the pun), and the traditional Kentucky gambling industry is taking note. According to the Courier Journal (Louisville, KY), the Justice Department issued an opinion in late December reversing a long-standing position that the 1961 federal Wire Act prohibited most betting over the Internet. It goes on to add that Churchill Downs this month purchased Atlanta-based Bluff Media, a poker fan website, for an undisclosed sum. Large operations like Churchill Downs dont make whimsical business purchases without a lot of confidence on that investment.

Whatever your thoughts on the ethics of gambling, the fact that states need revenue and may have been presented loophole to allow (and tax) virtual casinos means operations may start popping up overnight. The catch: gaming operations will be limited to users only located within their state reside. Obviously, players will need to be of age to play. These criteria are difficult to control on the Internet, unless you deploy the right tool from day one. ID verification for the gaming industry is simple, cost-effective, reliable, and quickly deployable. EVS has experience verifying age and addresses for several gaming operations in Europe and Australia through our IdentiFraud International product. If states dont mandate measures to ensure only residents above legal age gamble, lets hope that the gaming companies do so to protect their operations and our youth.

[Contributed by Jeff Davis, President & CEO]