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Online Gambling Group Dislikes the Odds of Meeting in U.S.
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 U.S. 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," 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 U.S. Justice Department did not
respond to questions about the legal status of operators of overseas
The fact that the conference is being held outside the United States
– even though nearly half of all online bets are placed by Americans –
shows the legal tangle that the industry faces.
The U.S. government contends that under the Wire Wager Act it is
illegal to offer sports wagering over the Net. 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
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