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US Gov. Affirms Online Wagering Violates Laws
It is illegal for an
American company to operate an Internet poker site in the United
States, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. There is no
prohibition, however, against
wagering on the sites, said Las Vegas attorney Tony Cabot, who has
followed Internet gaming law
since its inception.
Cabot affirmed that, as long as the corporate headquarters are not on US
soil, it is not illegal to
accept wagers from Americans. That´s why the companys servers originate
in places such as the
Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or Montreal in Canada.
The online casinos operate under
the guidelines and gaming regulations of the particular jurisdiction,
where age limits for placing
legal wagers are as low as 18.
The federal government believes online wagering violates anti-gambling
laws, including the Wire Act
of 1961, which covers wagering across state lines. Cabot said no states,
even those with strict
gaming laws, have regulations covering Internet wagering.
Nevadas chief gaming regulator, Dennis Neilander, chairman of the State
Gaming Control Board, said he wished Congress would spell out the
provisions of the Wire Act as they pertain to online casinos
to clear up many of the confusing interpretations.
"To me its not a question of what they would do. I would just like to
see some clarification of
the Wire Act as its applied to Internet gaming, and not just poker,"
Cabot and other gaming industry observers dont believe the government
is going to do anything in
the immediate future to stop online wagering.
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2005 Online Casino News