The Nevada Gaming Control Board this week passed a measure recommending the repeal of the regulation banning the use of cell phones in casino sports books. The Gaming Commission will make a final ruling on the decision later this year.
Anyone who has ever visited Las Vegas knows that you can’t use a cell phone in a sports books. This idiotic regulation is VIGOROUSLY enforced. The regulation is so stupid that it is actually based on a 1961 law. That’s right. Only the government would base its cell phone and internet policies on a law that was passed nearly 50 years ago.
A Las Vegas blog has attempted to explain the cell phone ban. The Federal Wire Act was passed in 1961. It was designed to stop “runners” from transmitting information on odds from different casinos in attempt to prevent illegal bookmakers from “laying off” wagers. Incompetant government bureaucrats have been unable to find a way to change the ban. Even though a couple of little inventions like CELL PHONES AND THE INTERNET have occured since the passage of the original law.
Anyone who wants to know the odds of ANY event at any casino simply needs to make one mouse click on the internet. To ban the use of cell phones because of the hypothetical theory of bookies running paper betting slips around Las Vegas is idiotic beyond belief. The fact that the cell phone policy hasn’t changed since their INVENTION tells you everything you need to know about government bureaucracy and stupidity.