In a document made public on Tuesday, the twin island Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda pressed for discussions with the United States over its restrictions on Internet gambling.
The U.S. did not meet an April 3 deadline to comply with a 2004 World Trade Organization ruling that found the U.S. failed to show the Interstate Horse Racing Act of 1978, which allows wagering on horse racing via phone or other electronic means, was applied equally to foreign and remote betting operations. The law is limited to states where such wagering is allowed and excludes foreign operators, which is contrary to global trade regulations.
Antigua and Barbuda wants to boost its online gambling industry to offset its declining tourism industry. The nation’s overture toward the U.S. is a move toward establishing a WTO panel to investigate whether the U.S. is violating international trade rules, the Associated Press reports. If no solution is reached within 15-day period, then a WTO panel would report on U.S. compliance within 90 days. Either side could appeal the subsequent decision.
“Antigua and Barbuda considers that the United States has taken no measures to comply with the recommendations and the rulings,” a statement from Antigua and Barbuda said.
The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, sponsored by Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia), passed out of the House Judiciary Committee in April 2000. The bill, which would expand and modernize the prohibition against interstate gambling, contains an exemption for horse racing.—M.L.
African-oriented Thunderbolt Casino has unveiled quite a nice gesture from its part. As a participant of the annual 67 Minutes Campaign by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the brand has donated R40,000 to the Isithembiso Babies Home in Port Elizabeth.
As a registered non-profit organization, Isithembiso Babies Home is “providing a loving home and place of safety for babies from newborn to 3 years old, who have been abandoned, abused, neglected or orphaned.
Game developer Kalamba is taking punters on a swashbuckling adventure through the high seas in this new offering they’re calling Caribbean Anne.
Perhaps in a not-so-subtle wink at Pirates of the Caribbean, one of the most successful film series in recent memory, the developer has chosen the pirate theme.
Anne will traipse over the decks and the sails to search out for treasures and defeat fearsome monsters as the sea rages in this 5x4 offering with 40 paylines.
Casino games supplier, Red Rake Gaming, has inked a new deal with Casino Portugal that will let it continue its expansion in the Portuguese market.
The company is pursuing expansion to Portugal as a part of a larger strategy to focus on key regulated markets and this new partnership will help it get a better foothold in this important market.