On Tuesday, lawyers for the United States Attorney General’s Office and Interactive Medias Entertainment and Gaming Association (iMEGA) held arguments in front of the third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. What is at stake? Well it is the constitutionality of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
The arguments ran the gauntlet. Where does a bet placed online actually occur? Does it occur in the person’s home or office? Is it someplace in internet heaven?? Or does it take place in the country hosting the game’s site?
Another argument was whether or not iMEGA has the right to sue, something which was upheld at the district court level.
Also argued was whether it would have been better for iMEGA to have found an internet gambler who was harmed by UIGEA to come forward and appear in court. The problem there is that to do so, the person would be admitting in open court that he/she gambled online.That is self incrimination, and while UIGEA has no criminal penalties, there are civil ones.
The three judge panel has heard the arguments and they will now debate the issues and arguments among themselves and, in time, hand down a verdict. Also involved in this decision is the status of two bills before the U. S. Congress, HR 2266, the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act. One strives to license the internet gambling industry in the United States, and the second attempts to delay the implementation of UIGEA regulations. The verdict could conceivably be held up until these bills are dealt with and resolved.
In the wake of the wild success of its two previous in-house games, tech company Gaming Innovations Group, or GiG Games, has released a third title to its growing catalog of games developed in-house. This game, called Fruit Slot, is a unique take on the classic fruit slot-style games.
Asian Arcade Inspiration Abounds
Unlike most slots that utilize the classic fruit slot theme, this game is actually a roulette-based video slot that pulls heavily from the classic Asian arcade style.
Some pretty incredible payouts have come in the past month thanks to the selection of progressive slots that Net Entertainment has to offer. What's so incredible is that all three major wins came on different games, and while that shows that their game selection is impressive in the general sense, it also shows that you could win at any time on their selection of life-changing, progressive titles.
About the Three Wins
A bill was introduced earlier this month by New Jersey State Senator Raymond Lesniak which would regulate and legalize intrastate internet gambling. The bill specifically mentions online poker. Taking no chances, Lesniak also introduced a separate bill calling for a referendum to permit sports betting.Items discussed at the hearing included the legality of internet gambling and sports betting in the U.S.