Sovereign regulation the answer

The Danish government has been getting good advice from consultant Peter Sehestedt on the perennial question of whether to ban online gambling or recognise its popularity across borders and regulate it.

Sehestedt, speaking this week at the Law and Internet Gambling Conference in Lausanne Switzerland, outlined his recommendations to the Danish Ministry of Finance to allow Danish casino operators to offer regulated online gaming to Danish citizens.

Pointing out that the Danish were liberal in their approach to online gaming, he said that the government felt that online gaming in Denmark still had difficulties to surmount before it could become a reality. He recommended a policy that encourages the business of legal and well regulated operators, at the same time blocking illegal and unsafe entities that offer unlicensed casinos, provide payment processing to unlicensed casinos or advertise illegal sites.

Sehestedt added that he was sceptical about cross-border regulation working across the European Union and leaned toward sovereign nation policies regarding gambling as the only practical solution until more commonality of purpose had been achieved.


Not the Major Millions, but still exciting

Two players had potentially life-changing Slot Gacor wins this week in addition to the new Internet record hit at Golden Tiger.

Bet and Win’s paid out 120 000 Euros to a 22 year old who decided to give the casino a whirl after placing some football bets on the sportsbook side.

“Actually, I only wanted to use my new credit card to place a few football bets at, but then the jackpot ad for made me curious. I had never before entered an online casino and never thought that it was so easy to play and, of course, win. I started to play very cautiously. I actually only started to become more daring when I realized how good it was going,” explained the delighted “erwin021”, who converted a mere 500 pounds Sterling into an incredible 120.000 Euros (approx. US$115 000).

And Gamble911 tells us that Game Day has just reported a $105,000 jackpot winner, too. The lucky winner drew a Royal Flush Wednesday night and raked in a fat Caribbean Stud Jackpot of $105,000.


Bonus refusals and lockouts disputed

The row over The Gaming Club’s bonus rulings this week was gathering momentum on message boards around the Internet as we went to press, with players lining up to complain about bonus disqualifications, and casino manager Brad Wright showing little sign of changing his posture on the matter.

Players allege that they received attractive emailed promo offers from the casino, and that the offer was on the site Message of the Day persuading all gamblers to enter the casino and make what were in many cases large wagers. They contend that after accepting their business, the casino then informed them that because they appeared on an unidentified, no-appeal negative database as “promotion abusers” they would not be paid the bonus or winnings but that their deposits would be returned.

Manager Brad Wright waited for several days before responding in a general posting, where he said:

“Recently The Gaming Club ran The Great Gaming Club Cash Back promotion where we incentivised the use of non-credit card mechanisms at the casino. This was well received by the vast majority of our players who successfully purchased, played and received their bonus as promised. “However, as an established casino of long standing, unquestioned reputation and substantial player base, we make it standard operating procedure to subscribe to industry databases of known promotion abusers to protect not only ourselves but also our players from any unfair gaming behavior. This database is of unquestioned integrity, and on the basis that all the names of the people complaining in your forum appear on this list, we were left with no other option but to invoke our right as Casino Managers to refuse the bonus to these players. Additionally, we have taken steps to prevent these players from accessing any further promotions at our casino.

“Their original purchase amounts will be refunded to them in full despite of the fact that some had already wagered and lost at the casino.”

The obvious questions remain unanswered. If these players were regarded as promo abusers why was their business sought and then accepted in the first place? Why was their “unwelcome” status only discovered and pursued after they had been accepted and not before? How does the casino manager know that “all the names of the people complaining in your forum appear on this list”? Does he have access to the personal details behind the “handles” of message board posters and if so how?

As the week drew to a close the uproar became increasingly bitter, with calls for boycotts against the casino and its software provider for allegedly standing by and permitting such conduct. One player claimed to have been told by a casino employee that the negative database in use at The Gaming Club was from e-cash processor Proc Cyber Services, and it was claimed that PCS sent an email to anyone placed on the list advising them of this…yet not one player has ever reported receiving such an email or knows of this process.


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