Casino Says Online Gambling Isn't Actually Online
from the jurisdictional-questions... dept
Online gambling remains illegal in the US, though, many casinos keep hoping to change that. Of course, as with anything when it's legal in some places and illegal elsewhere, someone will start to figure out loopholes around the laws. Already, many offshore online casino operators get much of their business from the US, but plead ignorance, saying that if something's online, it's online, and they can't stop Americans from playing there. Now, Foxwoods, the huge casino in Connecticut is trying another tactic. It put up an online gambling promotion, letting people play slot machines and card games online -- which would certainly seem to go against the law. However, the folks at Foxwoods claim it's perfectly legal because the actual action takes place on the casino property -- not on the website. There's no action that can be taken on the website that can impact the outcome of the game. Basically, people are putting their money down, and a surrogate is playing the actual game (legally) at the casino. At least, that's the casino's defense. State regulators, on the other hand, disagree and have demanded Foxwoods shuts down the site (which it appears they have). Still, it does raise some interesting questions about where certain actions take place. Is the situation really all that different than giving money to someone to go put in a slot machine at the casino while you stayed at home?