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Discussion in 'Casino Industry Discussion' started by Ian_go, Nov 21, 2006.

    Nov 21, 2006
  1. Ian_go

    Ian_go Dormant account

    keeping the peace
    "...as you are not wearing a T-shirt with "I work for an Online Bookmaker" how are they to know?..."

    The detainment of two high-profile Online gaming executives made our industry collectively shudder. BetonSports CEO David Carruthers was arrested at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport while waiting for a connecting flight en route from the UK to Costa Rica in July. Executive assistants to the industry's Gaming CEOs scrambled to keep the USA out of their boss' flight itinerary. However many believed at that point that Carruthers' apprehension was a targeted and specific situation and that travel to the US should continue without real concern. When Peter Dicks, a non-executive chairman of Sportingbet Plc was arrested entering Kennedy International Airport some weeks later, the USA was struck from the safe list of every publicly traded gaming company.

    For US citizens in the online gaming industry the impact was also obvious. Many Americans who work for Sports books or casinos based in Kahnawake, Costa Rica or the Caribbean already use name aliases in hope to avoid the watchful eye of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service. For those people, after the arrest of Dicks, traveling to their mother country was now a real risk.

    There has been much speculation about the existence of a so called 'watch list' which contains the names of known Online Gambling executives. The DOJ can compare this online gambling watch list with passenger lists owned by airline companies in the way they do with Terrorist and criminal lists. But what of Online gaming employees a little father down the totem pole? Surely those filling the less glamorous and less well known position should be able to continue to travel through the United States without fear of being detained? After all, as long as you are not wearing a T-shirt with "I work for an Online Bookmaker" how are they to know? Many of you may be surprised to learn that You must register/login in order to see the link.

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