Kyl growing pessimistic about banning Internet gambling

In a sharp reversal, several of Las Vegas’ most powerful casino operators no longer want to ban Internet gambling, and some are starting websites and exploring technology that could eventually offer wagering in homes, offices or anywhere there is a computer wired into cyberspace. The policy change is reverberating through Nevada and Washington, where some casino companies are gearing up to oppose legislation they once embraced that would explicitly ban Internet gambling and force Internet companies to block access to illegal sites. The $40 billion casino industry is not unanimous on the issue. But those who oppose a ban on Internet gambling say they now believe such a ban is not technologically feasible and therefore they should be allowed to compete with the 1,400 sites, operated from overseas, that already offer gambling. Some politicians and industry analysts have a more skeptical view of the casinos’ motives, asserting that the casinos are seeking to control a lucrative field that they have realized they cannot legislate out of existence. These critics expect the casinos eventually to seek regulation that could give them the only legitimate licenses, enabling them to co-opt, if not monopolize, the industry. In the last Congress, legislation intended to