I don't care if you don't appreciate my tone. I wouldn't assume that tone if you weren't so adamant that you know something which obviously you do not.
State lotteries at least post the odds. And, no smart gambler would ever play a lottery. Lotteries also use the money they earn to support things like schools and public good whereas the money FanDuels and FantasyKings generates does none of that and they do not disclose odds.
The long history of legalized gambling has many laws that either allow or deny its activity. The so-called market has little to say in that matter even when and if they do say they want or do not want to have legal gambling within state lines.
The mere fact that these entities chose to continue allowing people to place bets in Nevada after they were ordered to do so shows that they have no respect for the laws in the jurisdictions they are doing business in.
This alone shows they are scumbags. What do you call people who openly disregard the laws?
And, Nevada did not stop this activity until they had done a thorough investigation to determine these are not--repeat not--games of skill as the social pariahs are lying to the public about.
Your assertion that you know plenty of people who are using "workarounds" to play online poker means you know people who are breaking the law.
So, perhaps the problem is that I am debating a point of fact with someone who hangs out with people who think it's okay to break the law... Are you one of those people?
I'm in the casino gaming business and I don't know anyone who uses workarounds to play illegal poker. I'm sure most of us don't know "plenty of folks" who think it's okay to break the law.
And, to my point, they must have a gambling problem themselves if they want to risk being caught breaking the law just so they can play some rigged online poker? Unless all your pals live in Utah or Hawaii there are plenty of places they can go to gamble legally.
My 'crusade" is not one of morality. Problem gambling is not a moral issue. It's a disease. I've spent more time in casinos than you or most people could imagine and I've seen what happens to folks who cannot gamble without hurting themselves and their families.
The vast majority of gamblers are not that way, but the industry has a duty to protect those who are vulnerable.
Here's one legal opinion on the matter that you might find useful:
The problem, says Daniel Wallach, a sports and gaming attorney with Becker & Poliakoff, is that the 2006 federal law doesn’t supplant state law, as the law itself spells out.
“UIGEA is not this broad, blanket exemption that provides legal clearance for daily fantasy sports to operate in any state,” Wallach says. “That’s a determination that has to be made on a state by state basis.”