Note To Online Gambling Execs (Again): You Probably Want To Stay Out Of The US For A While

from the tell-your-travel-agent dept

After the CEO of the online gambling company BetOnSports was arrested in the Dallas airport during a stopover on his way to Costa Rica, and the cancellation of a conference in Las Vegas on fears other online gambling execs would get arrested, you'd think it was pretty clear that it's probably a good idea to stay out of the US if you run an online casino. However, the news apparently didn't get through to to the chairman of British gambling company Sportingbet, as he too has been detained by US authorities. Just like previous arrests, this won't do anything to stop Americans from gambling online, and it certainly won't do anything to stop gambling completely, since plenty of offline opportunities to make bets and play casino games still exist. So what is the net effect? Very little, apart from the appearance of a "crackdown" on internet gambling. In any case, just to make it clear to any other people running or working for online gambling companies: if you run or work for an online gambling company, it's probably not a good idea to visit Disney World, the Statue of Liberty, the Space Needle, or anywhere else in the US anytime soon.

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    MikeR, 7 Sep 2006 @ 9:18am

    I believe you already pointed out the solution in an earlier post. The on-line companies should band together and offer to pay brib... er, taxes to the US government on all income generated from US IP addresses. Add the kicker of convincing the US government to use the money to "protect the kids" on the Internet and you have a real winner

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