World Trade Organization Ruling Ignored by U.S. Government

The U.S. Government is known to have outlawed online casino and sports betting and implemented legislation prohibiting U.S. banks and Internet service providers to offer any financial services to online bettors and the casino sites. Such gambling revenue dependant islands like Antigua and Barbuda are going to face up the destruction of their economies.

In accordance with the WTO online gambling ruling the U.S. Government’s decision violates the world trade agreement. As a result the U.S. government has been given time to regulate their legislation, but with April 3, 2006 deadline approaching, the situation still remains vague.
The director of marketing at Marianne Anderson believes that the U.S. Government’s inclination to influence gambling industry is a trick to protect its own tax revenues from the outflow of gambling money.

The Ambassador from Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. John W. Ashe, shares this opinion and is sure that thus having ignored the WTO agreement and offered the “Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2005” and the “Internet Gambling Prohibition Act” it will obviously increase the tension between the WTO and the countries involved.

Marianne’s opinion is that disrespecting the WTO decisions and prohibiting the U.S. citizens to bet online and to take part in different sports betting activities, the USA is likely to experience worldwide sanctions against it. Such a situation will damage the economy much more than “some missed gambling revenues”.

Still the situation remains unclear.

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About Mark Newman

Mark Newman - was born in 1971 in Pictou, a town located on the beautiful Northumberland Shore of Nova Scotia, Canada. In 1998 he graduated from Acadia University (Nova Scotia, Wolfville) with the Master’s degree in social studies. Mark simply adores his wife and sons. Considers poker to be one of the most exquisite kinds of art and rarely misses his chance of practicing.