• UK EMBRACES ONLINE GAMBLING WHILE US ISOLATES

    10 November 2006

    Newspaper

    POKER NEWS
    November 09, 2006
    Haley Hintze
    In an article written by Haley Hintze at POKER NEWS, comparisons were made between the governments of Great Britain and the United States…. “A virtual line in the sand drawn by United Kingdom officials responsible for the oversight of Britain’s legalized online gaming industry is likely to further isolate the United States in its efforts to legislate online gaming out of existence. As reported in The Register, the U.K. will strengthen its commitment to regulating and licensing online gambling companies, though it will still extradite U.K.-resident gaming executives to the U.S. upon request. The announcement comes out of the recent conference of over 30 countries currently housing online gaming, hosted by Great Britain at its famed Royal Ascot racetrack.”

    U.K. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell was quoted as saying “We do not support the approach the United States has taken. The enormous risk of prohibition is that it forces the industry underground.” In a separate release, Jowell is quoted as saying, “We will welcome them here because we believe that by allowing those who want to gamble to do so over the counter not under the counter is the best way to protect children and vulnerable people and keep out crime.”

    The article then raises the question inquiring minds would really like to know… did the land-based casinos back the wrong horse? “The U.K. announcement changes very little on the surface as it applies to U.S.-based online gamblers, but it has a very deep secondary effect, one likely to make land-based gaming concerns in the U.S. wondering if they’ve backed the wrong horse in their long-shot hopes that the UIGEA will break down and reassemble the online-gaming market into a form more to their suiting. U.S. gaming concerns had cause to hope that the damage caused by the passage of the UIGEA would have a domino effect throughout the online-gaming industry, with major casino interests more likely, at a later date, to be able assume a dominant worldwide market position should a subsequent federal legalizing of online gaming occur.” “This argument, buttressed by the size of the U.S. gambling consumer market, was that other countries would fall in line behind the U.S.’s wishes. When combined with the gigantic marketing muscle wielded by the largest U.S. land-based gaming interests, it wasn’t that much of a stretch to imagine the U.S. trying to bully its way to the top of a market where it was severely behind the curve, assuming it could shake free of far-right motives behind the UIGEA’s passage. The odds of a Harrah’s becoming the worldwide online-gaming leader have become rather more remote.”

    TO READ THE COMPLETE ARTICLE PLEASE VISIT POKER NEWS

    Related News

    • 14 February 2020

      Microgaming Reveals its February Line-up Taking Punters from Magical Forests to Space

      Developer and casino supplier Microgaming has unveiled its February 2020 line-up featuring new video slot titles. These high-quality and innovative offerings come from the usual crop of the supplier’s independent studios and content partners. Partnering with so many interesting and dynamic third-party providers has enabled this company to maintain a prolific release schedule of several games every month. Coming this February

      Read full article
    • 05 February 2020

      Microgaming to Drop the Beat with deadmau5 Branded Online Slot

      Microgaming is getting ready to drop a new musical branded offering with world-acclaimed DJ and producer, deadmau5. The online slot will be based on the electronic music producer’s latest tour – cube v3. A special treat for all fans of the musician… …is the fact his signature beats will be paired with stunning graphics that the artist has designed himself. The slot is coming later in 2020 and will prove to be a delight for all fans of dubstep and deadmau5.

      Read full article
    • 27 January 2020

      High 5 Games Release Thundering Buffalo Jackpot Dash Slot with Innovative Mechanics

      Developer, High 5 Games, is releasing a sequel of sorts to one of their successful titles from 2018. The game in question is Thundering Buffalo, now reimagined as Thundering Buffalo Jackpot Dash. This new video slot comes equipped with a host of new features chief of which is a multi-tier jackpot collection system that forms the second part of the title. Dashing for that Jackpot

      Read full article