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Foxwood’s Playway Game Stirs up Controversy
From the card tables to the slots, Foxwoods Casino is taking gaming
The Attorney General’s biggest concern is that gaming is only allowed
within the boundaries of the reservation however Foxwoods says that is
exactly what will happen when players over 21 begin buying tickets for
the play-away games next month.
Foxwoods Playaway games will allow people to play in the privacy of
their own home. A practice the attorney general says may be illegal.
"Under federal law in the compact with the tribe gambling can take
pace within the reservation boundaries. Clearly this gambling is
anywhere, any time. That is exactly their pitch and those circumstances
make it severely problematic," says Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
However, Foxwoods says Playaway is simply a game and not gambling. Players buy tickets at Foxwoods that come with an access code so they
can log in and play from home. However, the results are already
predetermined by a computerized drawing at the casino.
A Spokesperson for Foxwoods, Arthur Henick, says, "Nothing the player
does from his computer can impact the outcome of the game. Unlike
illegal offshore internet casinos, no financial transactions of any kind
ever take place on the internet. There is no betting…no pay out."
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