Internet gambling ban faces uncertain future in senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Don't bet on the Senate following the lead of the House in approving the bill which limits Internet gambling. It is not a top priority for Senate leaders though its main supporter, Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, says he will aggressively pursue it.

The bill makes it illegal to use credit cards to pay for online bets. It is part of an effort to put a stop to the growing popularity of online gambling.

Supporters of the bill say it has caused numerous problems, including huge financial losses and addictions to gambling.

Opponents say its a mistake to try to regulate the industry, noting that prohibition didn't work for alcohol and won't work for gambling.

They're also unhappy that it carves out exceptions for horse racing and lotteries.

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