Canada Mulls Waging War Against Online Poker with UIGEA-Like Measure

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The word out of Ottawa is that the Canadian government is considering UIGEA-like measures to stamp out online poker and gambling sites based on the Kahnawake reserve, located just across the river from Montreal, Quebec.

The native land of the Mohawks, the Kahnawake territory is where 400 or so poker and sports-betting sites operate from including Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. It is also home to the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group, which operates the Bodog brand within North America.

According to an article in the National Post, the government has long considered these sites to be illegal but has never attempted to enforce the law. But that soon may be changing.

“Following recent concerns surrounding Internet gambling in Canada, the Minister of Justice [Rob Nicholson] has asked his officials to examine whether the enforcement of the Criminal Code provisions could be assisted with other measures,” said a spokesperson for the minister.

As the article points out, the “other measures” are likely regulations similar to the UIGEA, which requires banks and credit card companies to block transactions with online gambling operators.

Just like we saw with the UIGEA, it looks like some of the biggest proponents of the new measures are those in the horse-racing business, which pays $1 billion in taxes yearly.

“These offshore operations just poach horse-racing and no one can do anything about it. They’re parasites on the butt of Canada,” said Ross McLeod, chief executive of Great Canadian Gaming.

The Mohawks, on the other hand, claim Canadian laws do not apply to them since they are a sovereign nation.

Read the full article here.


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