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Caribbean Push On US Internet Betting Restrictions

Tuesday, 20th June 2006

In the on-going international debate over on-line gambling revenues, the twin-island Caribbean nation of Antigua & Barbuda released a document "pressing for discussions with the US over its restrictions on internet gambling," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. The US did not meet an April 3 deadline to comply with a 2004 World Trade Organisation ruling that found "the US failed to show the Interstate Horse Racing Act of 1978 (which allows wagering on horse racing via phone or other electronic means) was applied equally to foreign & remote betting operations"; the law "is limited to states where such wagering is allowed & excludes foreign operators, which is contrary to global trade regulations". Antigua & Barbuda wants to boost its on-line gambling industry to offset its declining tourism industry.

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