Has US Govt Declared All-Out Jihad on Internet Gambling?
While skirmishes have been going on for years between the U.S. government and the online gambling biz, the situation has escalated sharply over the past week and it looks like all-out war is inevitable. Ayatollahs Goodlatte and Leach first launched an assault on online gambling with legislation they rocketed through the House, although many dismissed their unprovoked aggression as the desperate act of religious extremists looking to increase their power and influence on the political landscape. This week, though, the Ayatollahs’ judicial counterparts, The Feds, which is like the Hezbollah to Goodlatte’s and Leach’s Iranian Islamo-fascists, “kidnapped” BetOnSports CEO David Carruthers (photo above), a British national, as he switched planes in Fort Worth, Texas, on his way to Costa Rica. Now, the Feds look like they’re threatening to behead, so to speak, any business engaged in similar activities. People are even wondering if the Feds will barrage the Tel Aviv of Pokerdom, Las Vegas, with Katyusha-like indictments next week when Bodog’s Calvin Ayre comes to town to host his annual Bodog.com marketing conference.
Yes, things look like they’re about to get messy, or as we’re fond of saying here at Wicked Chops Poker when war is inevitable, “Let the fireworks begin.” If you haven’t been following any of this, after the jump are a few links to get you started.
:: Start of Crusade Against Internet Gambling? – ABCNews.com
:: Betonsports, Chief Carruthers Indicted in U.S. Probe – Bloomberg.com
:: David Carruthers, Gary Kaplan despised by many and each other – Gambling911.com
:: Trouble in the Cards – Forbes.com
:; BetonSports Arrest Hits Gaming Shares – Fool.co.uk
:: BETonSPORTS Indictments won’t stop the Bodog Marketing Conference – TheOnlineWire.com
:: Who‚Äôs next? Fear soars amongst online gambling operators – TheOnlineWire.com
:: Gaming shares tumble as FBI targets BETonSPORTS – Reuters.com
:: Arrest of gambling executive linked to tax inquiry – TimesOnline.co.uk