US Judge Decides Against Tribal Online Betting

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This week US District Judge Anthony Battaglia ruled that tribal online betting group Santa Ysabel Interactive must stop offering its online betting products and stop accepting deposits from those outside of its reservation.

Battaglia issued a 34 page ruling that said that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has an overruling effect on the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The tribe had contended that the IGRA exempts tribes from UIGEA, and they launched the Desert Rose online betting site with those views in mind. After the launch of the casino, federal authorities and those in California voiced their displeasure by filing lawsuits to stop the casino, and it appears that they've succeded.

In his ruling Judge Battaglia wrote: "It is beyond dispute that IGRA applies to only that which is conducted on Indian lands. But what of gaming that derives from servers located on Indian lands and utilizes the internet to reach beyond the borders of Indian country to patrons physically located within states where gambling is illegal? This is precisely the issue presented by this case."

It is unknown whether or not the tribe will appeal the ruling, but Casino Listings will update this story as more developments arise.

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23 December 2016 - 12:11am

The decision of the judge makes sence to me but the question is why they (the local authorities) didn't think of that before the site release. I believe there is such institutions which should check for the site legitimacy and it's allowance before things goes to court.