Internet poker: A public health perspective

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of potential public health issues related to legalizing Internet poker in Iowa. The paper does not advocate in support of or in opposition to Internet poker legislation. Regardless of whether or not there are legislative changes affecting the legality of Internet poker, some Iowans currently are, and likely will continue to be, engaging in real-money poker games online. Therefore, {IDPH} should continue education efforts designed to discourage Iowans from engaging in illegal gambling and to reduce problem gambling in Iowa. In addition, {IDPH} should continue to provide treatment services so individuals with gambling problems can receive the counseling and support services to assist them in quitting, reducing, or controlling their gambling.

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