Non-Gambling Sports Betting Site Doesn't Last Too Long

from the gotcha.com dept

A few weeks ago, we mentioned the launch of Betcha.com, a sports betting website that was attempting to skirt anti-gambling laws by making payments voluntary. The reasoning of the site's founders was that if players weren't technically obliged to pay up on losing bets, then they weren't actually gambling. Of course, the site had no assurances that the government would agree with its interpretation of the law, so the founders were literally putting their freedom on the line. Well, it didn't take long for Betcha.com to get busted. Authorities in Washington state have seized the company's computers (via Midas Oracle), as law enforcement officials felt that the site was in contravention of a 2006 law against online gambling. It's not particularly surprising that authorities didn't agree with Betcha.com's interpretation of the law, although it is very surprising to learn that the site was operating out of Washington, because of all of the states, Washington has taken the hardest line against internet gambling. Gee guys, isn't dealing with the federal gambling ban enough of a headache?


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    Paul, Jul 10th, 2007 @ 8:34pm

    Uhm

    You would think they would have consulted a lawyer or something.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 10th, 2007 @ 8:48pm

    My local bookie said all payments to him were voluntary as well. And even though I didn't have to pay him, I still did, because those two large men standing behind him looked they really needed the money for some anger management classes.

     

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    jinx, Jul 10th, 2007 @ 8:58pm

    makes you think

    i underestimate people all the time, usually because i don't have all the facts; but who starts a company in washington unless they do it on purpose??

    i would venture to guess this was all done for a reason. choose a state with strict interpretation of said law, break law, go to court, lose, rinse/repeat, appeal to u.s. supreme court. i wonder if some digging would reveal financial backers involved with larger gambling operations. seems something is afoot

    just a thought. you heard it here first.

     

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    suv4x4, Jul 11th, 2007 @ 12:06am

    On purpose?

    jinx, I agree, there could be something bigger here. They were apparently paid to find or create a hole that would allow gambling online.

    But then there's also Occam's Razor: they're just dumb as sh*t.

     

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    Overcast, Jul 11th, 2007 @ 7:13am

    Freedom? We have Freedom in this country?

    I think that's just a mis-conception anymore. In a free society people could run a business like this.

    Just because the Government and Media say 'we are free' - it doesn't mean we are.

     

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    One Card Monty, Jul 11th, 2007 @ 7:36am

    Could it be a ruse, or could it be.....stupidity....time will tell....I always err of the side of the dumbies out there!

     

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    Matt Bennett, Jul 11th, 2007 @ 7:57am

    Yeah, I think they WANTED to get busted, too.

     

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    http://www.allstarstickets.com/sports-betting-gamb, Jul 13th, 2008 @ 6:49am

    I thought all payments to him are voluntary?

     

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    brian, Mar 10th, 2013 @ 7:42am

    It is very interesting as well as good news for those who do not like sports betting or gambling. People were also using sports betting links for legal betting.
    http://www.footballpredictionshq.com/betting/good-sports-betting-advice-can-be-a-winning-s trategy/

     

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    brian, Mar 10th, 2013 @ 7:42am

    It is very interesting as well as good news for those who do not like sports betting or gambling. People were also using sports betting links for legal betting.
    http://www.footballpredictionshq.com/betting/good-sports-betting-advice-can-be-a-winning-s trategy/

     

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