Fast Food Giant McDonalds Introduces Gambling

New gambling laws in the US received a fair amount of flack from internet gamblers across the gambling spectrum.  Most people are of the opinion that the new gambling laws are not only in contravention with a citizen’s rights but are also not consistent with other laws in the country.

The McDonalds Monopoly 2010 game has a huge amount of followers at the popular fast food joint. When it comes to marketing, McDonalds is one of the best and the fast food giant has come up with an ingenious idea to further increase its fast food sales by introducing a Monopoly type game where consumers can win food prizes as opposed to hard cash.  Interestingly the Monopoly game presented at McDonalds does not follow traditional gambling ideas.

The McDonalds monopoly game entices players to spend money on food as opposed to the normal run-of-the-mill casinos where bets are exchanged in turn for cash.   The gambler stands a chance to win the” prize” in the event the correct combinations of the deeds are displayed.   I suppose this is one of the main reasons why most Americans are so obese.

Mark Bradley states,” McDonalds is just as guilty as any internet poker room or internet casino since they’re actively promoting some form of gambling.   The distinguishing factor in this equation is that consumers playing the Monopoly game must purchase food; in turn this can have a detrimental effect on their health.  Bradley goes even further saying people are not only losing money but it can have a detrimental impact on their health in the long term.”

There has been stark disappointment in the US because internet gambling has been outlawed by the US government for several years now.  At present internet poker has a huge following in the US and players from America find it extremely difficult to transfer funds to and fro from internet poker sites.

In contrast to this most people feel that the new internet gambling law in the US smacks of ambiguity, since many wagers are allowed to placed on bets without any hindrance on state lotteries and at land-based casino and of late at Monopoly games presented by fast food giant McDonalds.   The aforementioned games are based on luck; to top it all a fair amount of judges in the US are in agreement that poker is a game of skill rather than luck!

Congress is still heavily debating internet gambling and those in power are beginning to see the futility of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.  The sad side to this story is 2010 is nearly gone and nothing has been done to revise the US’  current internet gambling policies.   The irony of this is people can participate in some form of gambling at McDonalds and drown their woes in a couple of cokes, fries and cheeseburgers.



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