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Old 08-14-2007, 05:34 AM
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Britain Bans Online Gambling Advertisements

British government has dealt a blow to around a thousand gambling websites after it banned them from advertising in the UK.

The government ruled that despite the firms having been granted licences to run internet poker and casino websites, the offshore countries they were based in did not have stringent enough regulations.

From September any online firm based in gaming hotspots such as Costa Rica, the Netherlands Antilles and Belize will not be able to market in the UK, which will prevent well-known sites including Betfred Casino and Littlewoodscasino.com from advertising online, on TV and in papers and magazines.

"I make no apology for banning adverts for websites operating from places that don't meet our strict standards," said Culture Media and Sport minister James Purnell.

Firms based in low-tax locations such as the Isle of Man and Alderney will be allowed to continue advertising, while countries within the European Economic Area such as Gibraltar, where 888.com and PartyGaming are based, are also not affected.

The government said it was still considering whether to give permission to firms based in Antigua and the native Indian-owned Kahnawake reserve in Canada, which keeps online giants like Antigua-based Bodog on hold.

Last year Britain voiced sympathy for Antigua in its legal battle with the United States after the US effectively banned online gaming in October.






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'Sham' of Internet gambling crackdown



James Purnell: published a list of overseas territories he claims meet 'strict standards' of regulation.



Advertising by foreign gambling websites was branded a sham last night as it emerged they can get round restrictions simply by registering in the Isle of Man.

One online poker website that operates illegally in the United States will be allowed to promote itself on British TV and radio within weeks because it has a licence on the island.

PokerStars.com is one of hundreds of Internet gambling groups that will be free to advertise in the UK under the Government's Gambling Act which comes into force next month. They will not be regulated in this country or pay tax here.

The Daily Mail revealed yesterday how the Royal College of Psychiatrists has urged ministers to halt plans to lift restrictions on gaming commercials, which it fears will lead to a surge in addiction.

Culture Secretary James Purnell has attempted to head off criticism by publishing a list of overseas territories he claims meet 'strict standards' of regulation, from which websites will be allowed to advertise. They include the Isle of Man, Alderney and Gibraltar.






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Old 08-14-2007, 07:30 AM
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Goes to show how little people know about this industry. Kahnawake or Antigua have as much, or as little, regulation as Costa Rica or Mars.
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Old 08-14-2007, 03:14 PM
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Talking Just another Governmental extortion ploy…

Just another Governmental extortion ploy…the gambling racket is one of attrition which relies upon advertisement to attract new losers.

Obviously, the Caribbean/North American gaming entities which relied heavily upon a U.S. market are being extorted in an attempt to keep them from tapping losers from the U.K. market.

This ploy is one of protectionism through censorship by U.K. regulators attempting to minimize foreign competition…it has nothing to do with who or how foreign dealers are being regulated but rather how much foreign competitors are willing to pay for a piece of the U.K. market.




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