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Stephen Paddock, the former IRS agent and professional gambler whose shooting rampage in Las Vegas left 58 victims dead, was a laid-back “goofball” who didn’t have a “serious bone in his body,” a longtime employee of the gunman said Friday.(Adam Elmahrek, Matt Pearce and Seema Mehta)“Video poker machines made amateur players think they were playing a casino game rather than just pulling a handle," he said.The multi-billion-dollar online sports betting websites, on the other hand, are faceless and not likely to garner the same sympathy as this debate again heats up.In assessing Wisconsin’s current law regarding gambling, law-abiding citizens would be wise to be cautious.A “bet” is defined as a “bargain in which the parties agree that, dependent upon chance even though accompanied by some skill, one stands to win or lose something of value specified in the agreement.” Several exceptions to “betting” are permitted under Wisconsin law, such as the state’s lottery, bingo halls, tribal casinos and raffles. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is, for now, staying neutral on the issue.On reports that Anne Schwartz, spokeswoman for Schimel, said in December that their office had not received any complaints and that Schimel has “no position on whether Draft Kings and Fan Duel games involve ‘skill’ or ‘chance.’” Nonetheless, lobbyists have registered on behalf of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, presumably to try to persuade Wisconsin legislators to change the law in this area in some way.
Ed Thompson received much public sympathy, largely because many saw felony prosecution of a small tavern owner over four nickel gambling machines as government overreach.
Controversy over illegal gambling is nothing new in Wisconsin. Tommy Thompson’s brother, the late Ed Thompson, who ran the famed Mr. A 1997 raid on the restaurant by authorities led to a seizure of the restaurant’s four nickel machines and ultimately, felony charges against Thompson.
Many Wisconsinites seem to show a libertarian streak when it comes to gambling.
But the offense is often overlooked with a wink and a nod, with little enforcement; perhaps for good reason.
The latest gambling craze nationwide focuses on online sports fantasy websites like Fan Duel and Draft Kings, which allow users to pick their fantasy teams and then bet on how the actual players perform.
After Thompson’s trial, the legislature relaxed video poker laws somewhat.