Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Online Gambling Ban

Now the EU is weighing in on the US ban on online gambling and poker playing:

The European Union's internal market Commissioner Charlie McCreevy yesterday accused the US government of protectionism in the way it is dealing with online gambling.

According to the Financial Times, McCreevy said: "In my view it is probably a restrictive practice and we might take it up in another forum." He said the case could go to the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

The real problem people forsee is that the ban is only temporary. Ban it while foreign companies are doing well, destroy them, then make it legal again when hte big US gambling groups are ready to enter a now empty market.

The US has already lost one case before the WTO brought by Antigua.

That was exactly what Antigua alleged and they won in court, not just once but again on appeal.