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Online Gambling Group Doesn’t Like Odds
Toronto’s tourism Web site promises warm spring weather and hundreds of
great restaurants. But for a group of Internet gambling executives who
were gathering Monday in Toronto, the absence of American law enforcement
authorities may also be a big draw.
Operators of overseas online casinos – an industry with millions of
American customers – are under threat of prosecution because much of
what they do is illegal in the United States. According to legal
experts and the organizers of the conference, called the Global
Interactive Gaming Summit and Expo, the operators could face arrest if
they entered the United States.
"They’re exiles," I. Nelson Rose, a professor at Whittier Law
School in California, said of Americans who have moved overseas to run
Internet gambling sites. Although there may not be warrants for their
arrest, Rose said, "they can’t be sure." The Justice Department did
not respond to questions about the legal status of operators of
overseas online casinos.
The fact that the conference is being held outside the United
States – even though nearly half of all online bets are placed by
people in the United States – shows the legal tangle that the industry
The federal government contends that under the Wire Wager Act it is
illegal to offer sports wagering over the Internet. And the
Interactive Gaming Council, a trade association for online casinos,
has in the past several months asked five online sports betting sites
to resign their memberships.
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