There has been a significant development recently which has created a lot of buzz among the online poker playing community. The United Kingdom’s House of Lords is having a discussion about implementing an amendment in their cyber laws regarding poker. According to this new amendment, a player found cheating while playing competitive poker online like judi slot terbaik can be tried and if found guilty can be sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison.
These amendments were presented by Lord Moynihan who has been the chairman of British Olympic Association as well as an Olympic medalist himself. He wants this amendment to be included in the new gambling bill. Currently the maximum punishment for match fixing or cheating in gambling is just tow years’ imprisonment.
Events that led to the implementation of such a decision
This announcement was made as a result of the growing popularity of poker in Britain and also because of the rising cases of cheating at the online poker table. Lord Moynihan was also encouraged by the fact that the Australian state of Victoria brought in such a law a year back which reduced the occurrence of online cheating significantly. Britain wants to set an example by showcasing themselves as being intolerant towards corruption in sports, especially in the wake of incidents of corruption arising in other sports such as cricket.
Strict measures were proposed by the Lord after consulting with the Britain’s Sports Betting Group, which was formed because of the suspicion of gambling in sport. The only recommendation received from their report was to formally criminalize match fixing. The demand for such a law is rising after a betting racket was unearthed in English football recently.
Many in Britain felt that these amendments were tabled in a hurry without any proper debate among all the prospective stakeholders. Executives from all the major sports like cricket, rugby and tennis among others were supposed to give a joint statement in support of this strict law. However, there was some amount of apprehension among some people who felt that there was no powerful case made against the ineffectiveness of the current laws.
Britain’s National Crime Agency has, in the past, successfully charged people including the footballers who are undergoing their jail term of 10 years which itself many feel is more than enough to act as deterrent for others to avoid any kind of corrupt practice.
On the other hand, the supporters of the amendment claim that in all the earlier cases, the law wasn’t enough to catch the culprits. It was the media that highlighted the case which is not the ideal way for a criminal to get caught as it is the duty of the law enforcement agencies to do their job properly without any kind of assistance from the media.
Having such strict laws will not only give teeth to the judiciary, but the police will also feel that their efforts are not going to get wasted as the people who get caught will be prosecuted and will receive harsh punishment.
What this development means to the poker community
This amendment was brought into the discussion table mainly for confronting the issue of match fixing which has becoming prevalent and there is a need for making it a criminal offense. If this amendment is approved and a modification is made to the UK gambling bill, it will have direct upshot with regards to foul behavior and connivance in poker.
The Sports Betting Group also wants betting in gambling to be policed by the Gambling Commission. This however, comes under the Financial Conduct Authority which claims to be doing a good job as they forced the bookies to inform them about any kind of suspicious acts going around in their vicinity. The Sports Betting Group feels that the FCA does not have the authority to quickly prevent any act of corruption.
As the saying goes- ‘Prevention is better than cure’, keeping the players as far away from corruption in the first place is the most effective way of addressing the issue of match fixing whether it is online poker or any other outdoor team sport.
More and more players are now becoming aware about the rules and regulations regarding match fixing and they know the serious consequences if they fail to display honesty and integrity.