A bill to ban online gambling in the United States was drafted haphazardly and risks driving millions of gamblers underground onto unregulated Web sites, a former U.S. state attorney general said on Thursday.
John J. Farmer, former New Jersey attorney general, said relatively few of those who voted in favor of the bill had read it properly and that it was badly formulated.
"It was like watching sausage getting made," he told the e-comlaw Online Gambling conference in London.
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"Wherever there is demand there is supply," he said. "There are 10 million Americans that play online and they're not going to go away."
Farmer said he thought it unlikely the ban on online gambling would stand the test of time. "I'd be surprised if this law is still in the books in three or four years time," he said. "But then again, I'm surprised that it exists at all."