Celebrities Lend Name to Internet Gambling
Ventura is the new spokesman for BetUS.com, a Web site operated from
Costa Rica that lets people wager on sports contests from their home
computers. "This is a step toward bringing something above board that
clearly many people want to partake in," Ventura said.
In a sign of an increased acceptance of Internet gambling, online
casinos in recent months have signed endorsement deals with a group of
celebrities, including Tom Arnold, the actor; Brooke Burke, a model
turned television host; and Jim Kelly, a former National Football League
quarterback for the Buffalo Bills.
But there is a big potential catch: these stars and others who profit
by promoting offshore casinos could be putting themselves in legal
jeopardy. The government considers these Internet sports betting sites
to be violating American law by providing unlicensed gambling on