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British Culture Secretary Attacks UIGEA

Law, 2006-10-27, by TwoGun

Many of the online poker rooms that no longer accept US players are British companies. Unlike America, the United Kingdom has taken the stance that online gambling should be regulated, instead of prohibited. Due to this policy, more and more online gambling companies are relocating to British soil.

Tessa Jowell, secretary for the U.K. Department for Culture, Media and Sport, recently attacked the recently passed Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Jowell described the law as akin to the American failed attempt at prohibiting alcohol in the 1920's.

Jowell believes the UIGEA will simply drive the industry underground, with Americans playing at black market operators instead of licensed and regulated companies.

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