Online Casino Group Passes on America
According to a recent
online casino article, online casinos players have been itching
to play on the interactive 3-d tables of a top online casinos
group’s site with real money for several months, but while the
online casinos site began taking deposits and real-money wagers
last week, online casinos players in the U.S. will have to wait
a little while longer.
The online casinos firm launched for play-money just over three
months ago with several new and innovative features. Online
casinos players can edit their avatars by choosing gender,
complexion, face, hairstyle, clothing and accessories. At the
table, online casinos players can prompt their avatars to laugh,
curse bad luck, do chip tricks, taunt other players, and dance
in celebration all with the click of the mouse.
The play-money launch was an astounding success, with more than
20,000 people downloading the online casinos software to see
what the site had to offer. After three months of tweaking, the
online casinos site was ready for a real-money launch.
The online casinos group planned a worldwide real-money launch
in conjunction with the end of the World Series of Poker this
month, but the company changed that plan when the Internet
Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act passed in the U.S.
House of Representatives and a top online casinos firm’s CEO
David Carruthers was arrested in a Texas airport in the span of
less than a week in mid-July.
The firm began running real-money games for customers outside
the U.S. last Friday, but will wait for the Senate to act on the
Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act before
allowing Americans to play for real money.
"It was a very painful decision," said Jez San, President of the
online casinos group. "But we thought it prudent to launch after
there was clarity from the Senate."
That clarity will come on or before Oct. 6. The Senate is
currently in recess, but when the legislative body reconvenes on
Sept. 5 it will have only one month to move on the bill before
the 109th session of Congress adjourns. If no action on the bill
is taken, it will be considered dead and the bill's sponsors
would have to start the process from scratch once again in the
110th session of Congress.
"It could go any number of ways," San said. "We'd rather be
squeaky clean and never have taken an American in case it gets
banned, and if it doesn't get banned, then we're ready and very
keen to have American players. We have the opportunity to be
prudent, where the people who have already launched and already
taken Americans don't have that luxury, and the people who
haven't launched yet have plenty of time. We're in that tricky
time period. I think every single person in the company believes
that we will be offering the (online casinos site to) Americans,
but no one can state with any certainty that the U.S. isn't
going to ban (Internet gambling)."