Department of Justice Shuts Down Offshore Online Gambling
The Department of Justice announced on Friday, April 13th that it had shut down five online gambling sites. The sites were all operated out of Costa Rica and Antigua.
The sites included Slotocash, Lincoln Casino, Miami Club Casino, Red Stag Casino, and Jupiter Club Casino. In a statement, the justice department said that the sites were shut down because they were illegally operating in violation of United States law.
It is illegal to operate an online gambling site in the United States unless it has a license from the states. The five sites that were shut down did not have licenses from any state.
In addition to shutting down the sites, the Department of Justice also seized their assets. This includes $25 million in cash and property.
This is not the first time that the Department of Justice has taken action against offshore gambling sites. In 2011, it shut down PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. These sites were all based out of Costa Rica and Antigua.
Treasury Department Closes Offshore Online Gambling Sites
The Treasury Department has announced that it is closing off a number of online gambling sites that operate from offshore locations. In a statement, the department said that it has “taken action to prohibit the use of specific online payment processors for unlawful internet gambling.”
This is the latest effort by the Treasury Department to crack down on online gambling. The department had previously issued a warning to operators of these sites, saying that they were in violation of federal law.
The Treasury Department’s action comes after pressure from Congress, which has been pushing for a crackdown on online gambling. Several lawmakers have been vocal in their opposition to these sites, arguing that they pose a threat to public safety and promote illegal activity.
Opponents of online gambling say that it can be addictive and lead to financial trouble for consumers. They also argue that it can be used by criminals to launder money.
Online gambling proponents dispute these arguments, saying that the industry is well-regulated and provides ample consumer protections. They also say that it is no more addictive than other forms of entertainment, such as video games or television.
The Treasury Department’s action will likely lead to a court battle between the government and the operators of these offshore sites.
Government Shutdown Leads to Closure of Offshore Poker Rooms
The recent government shutdown in the United States has led to the closure of a number of offshore poker rooms. These poker rooms have been unable to operate due to the fact that their licenses are held by companies that are now deemed to be non-essential by the US government.
This means that players who were relying on these poker rooms for their income or entertainment will now need to look for alternative options. The good news is that there are still plenty of reputable and safe poker sites available online, so players should not have too much trouble finding a new home.
The reason for the closure of these poker rooms is quite simple – the US government doesn’t want people playing online poker while its employees are not getting paid. This is understandable, but it does mean that some players will be left out in the cold.
It is unclear how long this shutdown will last, but it is possible that some of these poker rooms may never reopen again. This is a big blow to the online poker community, but players should not give up hope – there are plenty of other great sites available.
Feds Shut Down Half a Dozen Overseas Gambling Sites
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Wednesday that it had shut down six online gambling sites that were operating illegally from outside the United States.
The DOJ alleged that the sites – Betmost, 5Dimes, True2U, The Greek, PlayersOnly, and SportBet – were engaged in “unlawful Internet gambling” in violation of the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said in a statement that the shutdowns were part of “an ongoing effort to protect Americans from illegal online gambling.”
“The Department will continue to enforce the UIGEA by shutting down illegal gambling sites and bringing to justice the individuals responsible for operating them,” Boyd said.
In a separate statement, acting U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said that the Gamblers Anonymous website listed 5Dimes as one of its “bad apples.”
“This is another step by our office in our vow to take out these bad apple websites and make room for reputable businesses to thrive,” McSwain said. “This office will not hesitate to prosecute those who break our laws and attempt to operate outside of them.”
A representative for 5Dimes told Reuters that the company was “shocked and disappointed” by the DOJ’s actions and denied any wrongdoing. The other five operators did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
US Government Closes Multiple Foreign Online Gambling Operations
The US Government has announced the closure of multiple online gambling operations that are based outside of the United States. The closures are a part of a broader crackdown on illegal online gambling activity by the US Government.
The Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, made the announcement and noted that the closures were just a small part of a larger effort to crack down on online gambling. Rosenstein also noted that the closures were not related to the recent indictments of Russian intelligence officers for their alleged role in interfering in the 2016 US Presidential election.
Rosenstein said that the closure of these foreign-based online gambling operations was designed to protect American consumers and to ensure that gambling is conducted fairly and lawfully. He added that the Justice Department will continue to take action against any illegal gambling activities, regardless of where they are based.
The closures come just two months after the Department of Justice shut down several major online poker operators that were based in the United States. At that time, Rosenstein said that the closures were part of a broader effort to enforce federal law banning most forms of online gambling.