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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    Betting they will never win, 7 Sep 2006 @ 9:25am

    Who is worried about online gambling?

    I belive it is the owners of the casino's, not the general public. Notice to any official reading this, quit wasting your time and our tax money fighting this issue. It is like prohibition, you will never stop it and there are many more important things out there. Why don't you do more to stop the illegal immigration and drug traffic from Mexico. It may be a losing battle, but at least it is worth fighting! Trying to stop people from spending their money on entertainment they choose is a waste of time. Heck, if you allow the servers in the US, you can even tax the profits. Now, it all goes off shore. Common sense people!

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