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New Anti Internet Gambling Act built on allready shaky wire act

Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by Ian_go, Oct 27, 2006.

    Oct 27, 2006
  1. Ian_go

    Ian_go Dormant account

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    On Oct. 20, one week after President Bush signed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, the Australian company Betcorp announced sale of its online casino and sports betting operations in Antigua and Toronto. Because of the new law, the company said, "it is no longer possible" to serve U.S. residents, who represented 85 percent of its customers.

    Yet the company that bought Betcorp's business, the Costa Rica-based Bodog Entertainment Group, continues to offer Americans the opportunity to bet on sports, play poker or try their luck at various casino games. "It will likely take months to fully understand what, if any, ramifications there are from this new law," says Bodog Chief Executive Officer Calvin Ayre. "Our customers may take comfort in knowing that Bodog.com is structured in such a way that we're well situated to adapt to any changes in the online gaming environment."

    Contrary to early press reports, Congress has not banned online gambling. Instead, it has opted to maintain an uncertain legal environment in which businesses that cater to Americans' taste for betting run the risk of harassment and prosecution by overzealous Justice Department officials who twist the law to fit their moral views.

    The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, tacked onto a bill dealing with port security right before Congress adjourned for the elections, makes it a federal crime, punishable by up to five years in prison, to receive a payment in connection with "unlawful Internet gambling." It also mandates regulations requiring financial institutions to block such payments.

    But the act defines "unlawful Internet gambling" as online wagering that already is prohibited by state or federal law. It explicitly does not expand the category of forbidden gambling.

    The new law therefore leaves untouched the Wire Act of 1961, which prohibits using a "wire communication facility" to help people place bets "on any sporting event or contest." Although the Justice Department maintains that the Wire Act covers all online gambling, the law's text and history indicate it applies only to sports betting...You must register/login in order to see the link.

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