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Online gambling website warned by Connecticut

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has received a letter from the Connecticut Attorney General concerning their online gambling website.

New York Racing Association (NYRA) online gamblingNYRA was the first in the state of New York to offer legal online betting on their horse racing events. The Racing Association owns the three of the state's biggest racing tracks - Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga, and offers online gambling on platform developed by he Manhattan based Sona Mobile Holdings Corp.

The plan provides that NYRA, a private organization, accepts bets on races broadcast by TVG, an Internet network. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board approved the arrangement. A clause in the plan will allow Internet horse race wagers from Connecticut residents starting today, according to the Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.

Mr. Blumenthal and the Division of Special Revenue Executive Director Paul A. Young today sent letters to the New York Racing Association and New York gambling regulators demanding that this plan would be scraped, as online gambling and betting is illegal in Connecticut.

Although the NYRA Internet betting website is regulated by the New York gambling board, Blumenthal was quoted saying: "The New York tracks cannot trample our vital rights to prohibit Internet gambling - luring children and compulsive gamblers." He also assured everyone that legal action will be taken if NYRA does not voluntary stop Connecticut residents from gambling online.


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