Thank you for taking the time to read this post and helping me with this. I am here to ask your opinion on the topic of online sports betting specifically to gauge if this action is sinful, and if so, if it's venial or mortal. Let me first confess that I am scrupulous, as this is a result of my general anxiety disorder. But I am here to seek truth, and not to get a confirmation of my previously held ideas, I just want to know the truth.
I have come across this from the Catechism regarding gambling/wagers:
CCC 2413: "Games of chance (card games, etc.) or wagers are not in themselves contrary to justice. They become morally unacceptable when they deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others. The passion for gambling risks becoming an enslavement. Unfair wagers and cheating at games constitute grave matter, unless the damage inflicted is so slight that the one who suffers it cannot reasonably consider it significant."
I have about $1,000 in an offshore online sports casino account, and I know someone who is very good at picking games against the spread over the long term; he wins about 58% of the time. I am currently wagering about $50 a game, and don't see myself topping more than $100 a game. Over many games (as per the strategy) this adds up to a high amount waged, but it's kind of artificial because, it's all from that initial $1,000. If I were to lose this $1,000, I would stop and that would be it for me.
Regarding the legality of placing wagers online, my understanding is that the placing of wagers online itself is actually not illegal, however, the financing of loading one's account is currently not legal, although not a single U.S. citizen has been arrested over this. I initially made this investment before I came back to the fullness of the Church and wanted to live a moral life again. I don't plan on making any more deposits, but is it acceptable to place wagers as a result of my prior deposit?
I think I could actually make a nice little supplemental income investing in this, and as long as I don't get attached to the gambling and let the passion go wild, is this OK in your opinion? Is this sinful? Venial or Mortal? If mortal, obviously I would never do this again. No amount of money is worth one's soul, problem is I am very scrupulous, and it's hard for me to decipher difference between venial and mortal sins, and sins in general. Any advice would be appreciated, thank you!
Erichttp://sportsgambling.about.com/od/spor ... tlegal.htm
"Just before taking recess in 2006, Congress passed the SAFE Port Act, which was written to increase security of U.S. Port, but attached to the SAFE Port Act was the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, which prohibits Americans from using credit cards, electronic funds transfers, or checks to to finance Internet gambling activity.
It's important to note, the act deals only with how Internet gambling accounts are funded, not the actual betting. After passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, Lawrence Walters, an Internet gambling law attorney, appeared on PBS' NewsHour show and stated, "The bill has no impact on the individual player's activity. The bill is centered on restricting certain financial transactions, requiring that banks identify and block transactions going through their servers and their systems, and requiring that the actual sites, the Internet gambling sites, stop and block these transactions."
"Keith Whyte, the executive director of the National Council of Problem Gambling, appeared on the same show as Walters and agreed with his statement, saying "The bill is interesting, in that it doesn't make gambling on the Internet illegal. It makes funding your wager on the Internet illegal. The financial transaction is what is criminalized here, not necessarily the state of play."