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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

888.com problem: another case of funds' confiscation for bogus reasons


888.com seems to be getting into the habit of confiscating players' money for bogus reasons. Only a week ago I posted about an 888.com bonus funds confiscation issue, in which a player's £200 bonus was not paid.

Now, 888.com seems to have upped the ante a bit.


In the 888.com have stolen at my $878 Casinomeister discussion, a player reports having fully $878 confiscated, funds which represent his entire 888 balance and not just bonuses.

He says as follows:


I played 888.com casino of 5 years without problems.

Recently I have received from them the letter:

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Dear player,

I am Mark M. from the Operations Department at Cassava Enterprises (Gibraltar) Ltd. which is part of the 888.com group of companies.

I am contacting you in regards to your Casino on Net account.

As a responsible company we are continually monitoring our sites. During this monitoring we note that the way you have used your account with us, leads us to believe that your reason for joining our site was to take advantage of the bonuses we provide.

Please note that your game and transaction history shows that you appear to have attempted to take advantage of our generosity as regards to the awarding of bonuses.

To protect the integrity of our casino and to prevent further such abuse we have decided to block your account permanently. This is entirely in line with our Terms & Conditions to which you willingly signed up to when joining us.

In regards to your pending cash out request, please note that cash out request is still in the process. and once it is released from the casino it will take 1-2 business days to reflect on your account.

Please do not attempt to open any accounts with any sites operated or powered by 888.com in the future. If you do these accounts will also be blocked with the possible loss of any deposits made.

Kind regards,
Mark M.
Operations Department
Cassava Enterprises (Gibraltar) Ltd.


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Since September, 7th all my cash out request come back to my account and it is blocked.

They have stolen at my $878.

I ALWAYS FULFILLED THEIR WAGER REQUIREMENTS OF THE BONUS.

Be cautious, you at any moment can lose the money!



888's hypocrisy is breathtaking. They state that came to their conclusions on the basis of being a "responsible company". It's a new definition of casino "responsibility" to me when the effect is to make their customers poorer by many hundreds of dollars.

Or maybe 888 are simply referring to their responsibility to make as much money as possible.


Whatever 888.com's definition of "responsibility", they are quite entitled to block his account permanently. However, they must honour all cashouts made first, since the player clearly broke no rules in his dealings with them.

Since the player states that all cashouts have been bouncing striaght back to his locked account for the past three weeks, that does not currently appear likely.


If 888.com do not pay legitimately earned funds, they will have stolen them.


As with the case a few days ago, the player has two avenues of complaint:


 •The eCOGRA dispute service, having first checked the policies & procedures for assistance.

 •The GRA complaint resolution service - again, after acquainting himself with the complaint resolution procedure.


There is no 888.com assistance available at Casinomeister, the casino being on his no can do list for reasons of their apparent refusal to "discuss player issues with third parties".


888.com attend all the conferences and exhibitions. Maybe I'll have a word with them next time, as Casinomeister apparently cannot.



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Monday, September 28, 2009

Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act


I'm posting links to, and the text of, the UIGEA for my own convenience as much as anything else - I often want to refer to it, and this will save me digging through Google every time.


Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act

UIGEA pdf file

UIGEA pdf backup





HR 4411 PCS

Calendar No. 519

109th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4411

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 12, 2006

Received and read the first time

July 13, 2006

Read the second time and placed on the calendar





AN ACT

To prevent the use of certain payment instruments, credit cards, and fund transfers for unlawful Internet gambling, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled


• Sec. 1. Short title and table of contents


SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE AND TABLE OF CONTENTS.

(a) Short Title - This Act may be cited as the 'Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act'.

(b) Table of Contents - The table of contents is as follows:


TITLE I - MODERNIZATION OF THE WIRE ACT OF 1961

• Sec. 101. Definitions
• Sec. 102. Modification of existing prohibition.
• Sec. 103. Authorization of civil enforcement
• Sec. 104. Authorization of appropriations
• Sec. 105. Rules of construction
• Sec. 106. Sense of Congress


TITLE II - POLICIES AND PROCEDURES REQUIRED TO PREVENT PAYMENTS FOR UNLAWFUL GAMBLING

• Sec. 201. Policies and procedures to prevent payments for unlawful gambling
• Sec. 202. Technical and conforming amendment


TITLE III - INTERNET GAMBLING IN OR THROUGH FOREIGN JURISDICTIONS

• Sec. 301. Internet gambling in or through foreign jurisdictions


TITLE I - MODERNIZATION OF THE WIRE ACT OF 1961


SEC. 101. DEFINITIONS.


Section 1081 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--

(1) by designating the five undesignated paragraphs that begin with `The term' as paragraphs (1) through (5), respectively;

(2) by amending paragraph (5), as so designated, to read as follows:

(5) The term `communication facility' means any and all instrumentalities, personnel, and services (among other things, the receipt, forwarding, or delivery of communications) used or useful in the transmission of writings, signs, pictures, and sounds of all kinds by aid of wire, cable, radio, or an electromagnetic, photoelectronic or photooptical system, or other like connection (whether fixed or mobile) between the points of origin and reception of such transmission.'; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

(6) The term 'bets or wagers'--

(A) means the staking or risking by any person of something of value upon the outcome of a contest of others, a sporting event, or a game predominantly subject to chance, upon an agreement or understanding that the person or another person will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome;

(B) includes the purchase of a chance or opportunity to win a lottery or other prize (which opportunity to win is predominantly subject to chance);

(C) includes any scheme of a type described in section 3702 of title 28; and

(D) does not include--

(i) any activity governed by the securities laws (as that term is defined in section 3(a)(47) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934) for the purchase or sale of securities (as that term is defined in section 3(a)(10) of that Act);

(ii) any transaction conducted on or subject to the rules of a registered entity or exempt board of trade under the Commodity Exchange Act;

(iii) any over-the-counter derivative instrument;

(iv) any other transaction that--

(I) is excluded or exempt from regulation under the Commodity Exchange Act; or

(II) is exempt from State gaming or bucket shop laws under section 12(e) of the Commodity Exchange Act or section 28(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934;

(v) any contract of indemnity or guarantee;

(vi) any contract for insurance;

(vii) any deposit or other transaction with an insured depository institution;

(viii) participation in any game or contest in which participants do not stake or risk anything of value other than--

(I) personal efforts of the participants in playing the game or contest or obtaining access to the Internet; or

(II) points or credits that the sponsor of the game or contest provides to participants free of charge and that can be used or redeemed only for participation in games or contests offered by the sponsor; or

(ix) participation in any fantasy or simulation sports game or educational game or contest in which (if the game or contest involves a team or teams) no fantasy or simulation sports team is based on the current membership of an actual team that is a member of an amateur or professional sports organization (as those terms are defined in section 3701 of title 28) and that meets the following conditions:

(I) All prizes and awards offered to winning participants are established and made known to the participants in advance of the game or contest and their value is not determined by the number of participants or the amount of any fees paid by those participants.

(II) All winning outcomes reflect the relative knowledge and skill of the participants and are determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of the performance of individuals (athletes in the case of sports events) in multiple real-world sporting or other events.

(III) No winning outcome is based--

(aa) on the score, point-spread, or any performance or performances of any single real-world team or any combination of such teams; or

(bb) solely on any single performance of an individual athlete in any single real-world sporting or other event.

(7) The terms `credit', `creditor', `credit card', and `card issuer' have the same meanings as in section 103 of the Truth in Lending Act.

(8) The term `electronic fund transfer'--

(A) has the same meaning as in section 903 of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, except that such term includes transfers that would otherwise be excluded under section 903(6)(E) of that Act; and

(B) includes any fund transfer covered by Article 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code, as in effect in any State.

(9) The term `financial institution' has the same meaning as in section 903 of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, except that such term does not include a casino, sports book, or other business at or through which bets or wagers may be placed or received.

(10) The term `financial transaction provider' has the same meaning as in section 5361 of title 31 (as added by title II of this Act).

(11) The term `foreign jurisdiction' means a jurisdiction of a foreign country or political subdivision thereof.

(12) The term `gambling business' means a business of betting or wagering.

(13) The term `information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers' means information knowingly transmitted by an individual in a gambling business that enables or facilitates a bet or wager and does not include--

(A) any posting or reporting of any educational information on how to make a legal bet or wager or the nature of betting or wagering, as long as such posting or reporting does not solicit or provide information for the purpose of facilitating or enabling the placing or receipt of bets or wagers in a jurisdiction where such betting is illegal; or

(B) advertising relating to betting or wagering in a jurisdiction where such betting or wagering is legal, as long as such advertising does not solicit or provide information for the purpose of facilitating or enabling the placing or receipt of bets or wagers in a jurisdiction where such betting is illegal.

(14) The term `insured depository institution'--

(A) has the same meaning as in section 3 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act; and

(B) includes an insured credit union (as defined in section 101 of the Federal Credit Union Act).

(15) The term `interactive computer service' has the same meaning as in section 230(f) of the Communications Act of 1934.

(16) The terms `money transmitting business' and `money transmitting service' have the same meanings as in section 5330(d) (determined without regard to any regulations prescribed by the Secretary thereunder).

(17) The terms `own or control' and to be `owned or controlled' include circumstances within the meaning of section 2(a)(2) of the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956.

(18) The term `person' includes a government (including any governmental entity (as defined in section 3701(2) of title 28)).

(19) The term `State' means a State of the United States, the District of Columbia, or a commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States.

(20) The term `tribe' or `tribal' means an Indian tribe, as defined under section 4(5) of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988).

(21) For purposes of Section 1085(b), the term `account' means--

(A) the unpaid balance of money or its equivalent received or held by an insured depository institution in the usual course of business and for which it has given or is obligated to give credit, either conditionally or unconditionally, to an account, including interest credited, or which is evidenced by an instrument on which the depository institution is primarily liable; and

(B) money received or held by an insured depository institution, or the credit given for money or its equivalent received or held by the insured depository institution in the usual course of business for a special or specific purpose, regardless of the legal relationships established thereby, including escrow funds, funds held as security for securities loaned by the depository institution, funds deposited as advance payment on subscriptions to United States Government securities, and funds held to meet its acceptances.'.


SEC. 102. MODIFICATION OF EXISTING PROHIBITION.

Section 1084 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

Sec. 1084. Use of a communication facility to transmit bets or wagers; criminal penalties

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, being engaged in a gambling business, knowingly--

(1) uses a communication facility for the transmission in interstate or foreign commerce, within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or to or from any place outside the jurisdiction of any nation with respect to any transmission to or from the United States, of--

(A) bets or wagers;

(B) information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers; or

(C) a communication, which entitles the recipient to receive money or credit as a result of bets or wagers, or for information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers; or

(2) accepts, in connection with the transmission of a communication in interstate or foreign commerce, within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or to or from any place outside the jurisdiction of any nation with respect to any transmission to or from the United States of bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers--

(A) credit, or the proceeds of credit, extended to or on behalf of another (including credit extended through the use of a credit card);

(B) an electronic fund transfer or funds transmitted by or through a money transmitting business, or the proceeds of an electronic fund transfer or money transmitting service, from or on behalf of the other person;

(C) any check, draft, or similar instrument which is drawn by or on behalf of the other person and is drawn on or payable through any financial institution; or

(D) the proceeds of any other form of financial transaction as the Secretary of the Treasury and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System may prescribe by regulation which involves a financial institution as a payor or financial intermediary on behalf of or for the benefit of the other person,

shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

(b) Nothing in this section prohibits--

(1) the transmission of information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers for use in news reporting if such transmission does not solicit or provide information for the purpose of facilitating or enabling the placing or receipt of bets or wagers in a jurisdiction where such betting is illegal;

(2) the transmission of information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers from a State or foreign country where such betting or wagering is permitted under Federal, State, tribal, or local law into a State or foreign country in which such betting on the same event is permitted under Federal, State, tribal, or local law; or

(3) the interstate transmission of information relating to a State-specific lottery between a State or foreign country where such betting or wagering is permitted under Federal, State, tribal, or local law and an out-of-State data center for the purposes of assisting in the operation of such State-specific lottery.

(c) Nothing in this section prohibits the use of a communication facility for the transmission of bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers, if--

(1) at the time the transmission occurs, the individual or entity placing the bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers, the gambling business, and, subject to section 1084(b)(3), any individual or entity acting in concert with a gambling business to process the bets or wagers are physically located in the same State, and for class II or class III gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, are physically located on Indian lands within that State;

(2) the State or tribe has explicitly authorized such bets and wagers, the State or tribal law requires a secure and effective location and age verification system to assure compliance with age and location requirements, and the gambling business and any individual or entity acting in concert with a gambling business to process the bets or wagers complies with such law;

(3) the State has explicitly authorized and licensed the operation of the gambling business and any individual or entity acting in concert with a gambling business to process the bets and wagers within its borders or the tribe has explicitly authorized and licensed the operation of the gambling business and any individual or entity acting in concert with a gambling business to process the bets and wagers, on Indian lands within its jurisdiction;

(4) with respect to class II or class III gaming, the game and gambling business complies with the requirements of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act; and

(5) with respect to class III gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, the game is authorized under, and is conducted in accordance with, the respective Tribal-State compact of the Tribe having jurisdiction over the Indian lands where the individual or entity placing the bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers, the gambling business, and any individual or entity acting in concert with a gambling business to process those bets or wagers are physically located, and such Tribal-State compact expressly provides that the game may be conducted using a communication facility to transmit bets or wagers or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers.

For purposes of this subsection, the intermediate routing of electronic data constituting or containing all or part of a bet or wager, or all or part of information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers, shall not determine the location or locations in which a bet or wager is transmitted, initiated, received or otherwise made; or from or to which a bet or wager, or information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers, is transmitted.

(d) Nothing in this section creates immunity from criminal prosecution under any laws of any State or tribe.

(e) Nothing in this section authorizes activity that is prohibited under chapter 178 of title 28, United States Code.

(f) When any common carrier, subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission, is notified in writing by a Federal, State, tribal, or local law enforcement agency, acting within its jurisdiction, that any communication facility furnished by it is being used or will be used by its subscriber for the purpose of transmitting or receiving gambling information in interstate or foreign commerce, within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, or to or from any place outside the jurisdiction of any nation with respect to any transmission to or from the United States in violation of Federal, State, tribal, or local law, it shall discontinue or refuse, the leasing, furnishing, or maintaining of such facility, after reasonable notice to the subscriber, but no damages, penalty or forfeiture, civil or criminal, shall be found against any common carrier for any act done in compliance with any notice received from a law enforcement agency. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to prejudice the right of any person affected thereby to secure an appropriate determination, as otherwise provided by law, in a Federal court or in a State, tribal, or local tribunal or agency, that such facility should not be discontinued or removed, or should be restored.'.


SEC. 103. AUTHORIZATION OF CIVIL ENFORCEMENT.

Chapter 50 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

Sec. 1085. Civil remedies

(a) Jurisdiction- The district courts of the United States (in addition to any other remedies under current law) shall have original and exclusive jurisdiction to prevent and restrain violations of section 1084 by issuing appropriate orders in accordance with this section, regardless of whether a prosecution has been initiated under section 1084.

(b) Proceedings-

(1) The United States may institute proceedings under this section -

(A) to obtain injunctive or declarative relief, including but not limited to a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction, against any person (other than a financial transaction provider) to prevent or restrain a violation or a threatened violation of section 1084;

(B) in the case of an insured depository institution that is a financial transaction provider, to -

(i) restrain an account maintained at such insured depository institution if such account is -

(I) owned or controlled by a gambling business; and

(II) includes proceeds of, or is used to facilitate a violation of, section 1084; or

(ii) seize funds in an account described in subparagraph (i) if such funds -

(I) are owned or controlled by a gambling business; and

(II) constitute the proceeds of, were derived from, or facilitated, a violation of section 1084.

(C) The limitation in subparagraph (A) shall not apply if the financial transaction provider is a gambling business within the meaning of section 1081(12), in which case such financial transaction provider shall be subject to the enforcement provisions under subparagraph (A).

(2) The attorney general (or other appropriate State official) of a State in which a communication in violation of section 1084 allegedly has been or will be initiated or received may institute proceedings under this section to obtain injunctive or declarative relief to prevent or restrain the violation or threatened violation. Upon application of the attorney general (or other appropriate State official) of an affected State under this paragraph, the district court may enter a temporary restraining order, a preliminary injunction, an injunction, or declaratory relief against any person (other than a financial transaction provider) to prevent or restrain a violation or threatened violation of section 1084, in accordance with rule 65 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

(3) Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) and (2), for a communication in violation of section 1084 that allegedly has been or will be initiated or received on Indian lands (as that term is defined in section 4 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act)--

(A) the United States shall have the enforcement authority provided under paragraph (1);

(B) the enforcement authorities specified in an applicable Tribal-State compact negotiated under section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (25 U.S.C. 2710) shall be carried out in accordance with that compact; and

(C) if there is no applicable Tribal-State compact, an appropriate tribal official may institute proceedings in the same manner as an attorney general of a State.

No provision of this section shall be construed as altering, superseding, or otherwise affecting the application of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

(4) Notwithstanding paragraph (3), no relief shall be granted under this section against a financial transaction provider except as provided in paragraph (1).

(c) No damages, penalty, or forfeiture, civil or criminal, shall be found against any person or entity for any act done in compliance with any notice received from a law enforcement agency.

(d) Relief granted under this section against an interactive computer service (as defined in section 230(f) of the Communications Act of 1934) shall -

(1) be limited to the removal of, or disabling of access to, an online site violating section 1084, or a hypertext link to an online site violating such section, that resides on a computer server that such service controls or operates; except this limitation shall not apply if the service is violating section 1084 or is in active concert with a person who is violating section 1084 and receives actual notice of the relief;

(2) be available only after notice to the interactive computer service and an opportunity for the service to appear are provided;

(3) not impose any obligation on an interactive computer service to monitor its service or to affirmatively seek facts indicating activity violating section 1084;

(4) specify the interactive computer service to which it applies; and

(5) specifically identify the location of the online site or hypertext link to be removed or access to which is to be disabled.'.


SEC. 104. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

In addition to any other sums authorized to be appropriated for this purpose, there are authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Justice for each of fiscal years 2007 through 2010 $10,000,000 for investigations and prosecutions of violations of section 1084 of title 18, United States Code.


SEC. 105. RULES OF CONSTRUCTION.

(a) Nothing in this Act may be construed to prohibit any activity that is allowed under Public Law 95-515 as amended (15 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.).

(b) Nothing in this Act may be construed to preempt State law prohibiting gambling.


SEC. 106. SENSE OF CONGRESS.

It is the sense of Congress that this Act does not change which activities related to horse racing may or may not be allowed under Federal law. Section 105 is intended to address concerns that this Act could have the effect of changing the existing relationship between the Interstate Horseracing Act (15 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.), and other Federal statutes that were in effect at the time of this Act's consideration; this Act is not intended to change that relationship; and this Act is not intended to resolve any existing disagreements over how to interpret the relationship between the Interstate Horseracing Act and other Federal statutes.


TITLE II - POLICIES AND PROCEDURES REQUIRED TO PREVENT PAYMENTS FOR UNLAWFUL GAMBLING


SEC. 201. POLICIES AND PROCEDURES REQUIRED TO PREVENT PAYMENTS FOR UNLAWFUL GAMBLING.


Chapter 53 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new subchapter:


SUBCHAPTER IV - POLICIES AND PROCEDURES REQUIRED TO PREVENT PAYMENTS FOR UNLAWFUL GAMBLING

Sec. 5361. Definitions


For purposes of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) CREDIT; CREDITOR; CREDIT CARD; AND CARD ISSUER- The terms `credit', `creditor', `credit card', and `card issuer' have the same meanings as in section 103 of the Truth in Lending Act.

(2) DESIGNATED PAYMENT SYSTEM- The term `designated payment system' means any system utilized by a financial transaction provider that the Secretary and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, in consultation with the Attorney General, jointly determine, by regulation or order, could be utilized in connection with, or to facilitate, any restricted transaction.

(3) ELECTRONIC FUND TRANSFER - The term `electronic fund transfer'--

(A) has the same meaning as in section 903 of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, except that such term includes transfers that would otherwise be excluded under section 903(6)(E) of that Act; and

(B) includes any fund transfer covered by Article 4A of the Uniform Commercial Code, as in effect in any State.

(4) FINANCIAL INSTITUTION - The term `financial institution' has the same meaning as in section 903 of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act, except that such term does not include a casino, sports book, or other business at or through which bets or wagers may be placed or received.

(5) FINANCIAL TRANSACTION PROVIDER - The term `financial transaction provider' means a creditor, credit card issuer, financial institution, operator of a terminal at which an electronic fund transfer may be initiated, money transmitting business, or international, national, regional, or local payment network utilized to effect a credit transaction, electronic fund transfer, stored value product transaction, or money transmitting service, or a participant in such network, or other participant in a designated payment system.

(6) INSURED DEPOSITORY INSTITUTION - The term `insured depository institution' -

(A) has the same meaning as in section 3 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act; and

(B) includes an insured credit union (as defined in section 101 of the Federal Credit Union Act).

(7) MONEY TRANSMITTING BUSINESS AND MONEY TRANSMITTING SERVICE - The terms `money transmitting business' and `money transmitting service' have the same meanings as in section 5330(d) (determined without regard to any regulations prescribed by the Secretary thereunder).

(8) RESTRICTED TRANSACTION - The term `restricted transaction' means any transaction or transmittal involving any credit, funds, instrument, or proceeds described in any paragraph of section 5362 which the recipient is prohibited from accepting under such section.

(9) SECRETARY - The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Treasury.

(10) UNLAWFUL GAMBLING-

(A) IN GENERAL - The term `unlawful gambling' means to place, receive, or otherwise knowingly transmit a bet or wager by any means which involves the use of a communication facility where such bet or wager is unlawful under any applicable Federal or State law in the State or tribal lands in which the bet or wager is initiated, received, or otherwise made.

(B) EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN AUTHORIZED TRANSACTIONS- The term `unlawful gambling' does not include any intrastate or intratribal transactions authorized under section 1084(c) of title 18, United States Code.

(C) INTERMEDIATE ROUTING - With respect to section 5362, the intermediate routing of electronic data shall not determine the location or locations in which a bet or wager is initiated, received, or otherwise made.

(11) OTHER TERMS - The terms `bet or wager', `communication facility', `gambling business', `own and control', `person', `State', and `tribal' have the same meanings as in section 1081 of title 18.

Sec. 5362. Prohibition on acceptance of any financial instrument for unlawful gambling

No person engaged in a gambling business may knowingly accept, in connection with the participation of another person in unlawful gambling--

(1) credit, or the proceeds of credit, extended to or on behalf of such other person (including credit extended through the use of a credit card);

(2) an electronic fund transfer, or funds transmitted by or through a money transmitting business, or the proceeds of an electronic fund transfer or money transmitting service, from or on behalf of such other person;

(3) any check, draft, or similar instrument which is drawn by or on behalf of such other person and is drawn on or payable at or through any financial institution; or

(4) the proceeds of any other form of financial transaction, as the Secretary and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System may jointly prescribe by regulation, which involves a financial institution as a payor or financial intermediary on behalf of or for the benefit of such other person.

Sec. 5363. Policies and procedures to identify and prevent restricted transactions

(a) Regulations- Before the end of the 270-day period beginning on the date of the enactment of this subchapter, the Secretary and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, in consultation with the Attorney General, shall prescribe regulations (which the Secretary and the Board jointly determine to be appropriate) requiring each designated payment system, and all participants therein, to identify and block or otherwise prevent or prohibit restricted transactions through the establishment of policies and procedures reasonably designed to identify and block or otherwise prevent or prohibit the acceptance of restricted transactions in any of the following ways:

(1) The establishment of policies and procedures that -

(A) allow the payment system and any person involved in the payment system to identify restricted transactions by means of codes in authorization messages or by other means; and

(B) block restricted transactions identified as a result of the policies and procedures developed pursuant to subparagraph (A).

(2) The establishment of policies and procedures that prevent or prohibit the acceptance of the products or services of the payment system in connection with a restricted transaction.

(b) Requirements for Policies and Procedures- In prescribing regulations under subsection (a), the Secretary and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System shall -

(1) identify types of policies and procedures, including nonexclusive examples, which would be deemed, as applicable, to be reasonably designed to identify and block or otherwise prevent or prohibit the acceptance of the products or services with respect to each type of restricted transaction;

(2) to the extent practical, permit any participant in a payment system to choose among alternative means of identifying and blocking, or otherwise preventing or prohibiting the acceptance of the products or services of the payment system or participant in connection with, restricted transactions; and

(3) consider exempting certain restricted transactions or designated payment systems from any requirement imposed under such regulations, if the Secretary and the Board jointly find that it is not reasonably practical to identify and block, or otherwise prevent or prohibit the acceptance of, such transactions.

(c) Compliance With Payment System Policies and Procedures- A financial transaction provider shall be considered to be in compliance with the regulations prescribed under subsection (a), if -

(1) such person relies on and complies with the policies and procedures of a designated payment system of which it is a member or participant to -

(A) identify and block restricted transactions; or

(B) otherwise prevent or prohibit the acceptance of the products or services of the payment system, member, or participant in connection with restricted transactions; and

(2) such policies and procedures of the designated payment system comply with the requirements of regulations prescribed under subsection (a).

(d) No Liability for Blocking or Refusing to Honor Restricted Transactions- A person that identifies and blocks a transaction, prevents or prohibits the acceptance of its products or services in connection with a transaction, or otherwise refuses to honor a transaction -

(1) that is a restricted transaction;

(2) that such person reasonably believes to be a restricted transaction; or

(3) as a designated payment system or a member of a designated payment system in reliance on the policies and procedures of the payment system, in an effort to comply with regulations prescribed under subsection (a),

shall not be liable to any party for such action.

(e) Regulatory Enforcement- The requirements of this subchapter shall be enforced exclusively by -

(1) the Federal functional regulators, with respect to the designated payment systems and financial transaction providers subject to the respective jurisdiction of such regulators under section 505(a) of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act and section 5g of the Commodities Exchange Act; and

(2) the Federal Trade Commission, with respect to designated payment systems and financial transaction providers not otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of any Federal functional regulators (including the Commission) as described in paragraph (1).'.


SEC. 202. TECHNICAL AND CONFORMING AMENDMENT.

The table of sections for chapter 53 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:


SUBCHAPTER IV - POLICIES AND PROCEDURES REQUIRED TO PREVENT PAYMENTS FOR UNLAWFUL GAMBLING

5361. Definitions.

5362. Prohibition on acceptance of any financial instrument for unlawful gambling.

5363. Policies and procedures to identify and prevent restricted transactions.'.


TITLE III - INTERNET GAMBLING IN OR THROUGH FOREIGN JURISDICTIONS


SEC. 301. INTERNET GAMBLING IN OR THROUGH FOREIGN JURISDICTIONS.


(a) In General- In deliberations between the United States Government and any other country on money laundering, corruption, and crime issues, the United States Government should--

(1) encourage cooperation by foreign governments and relevant international fora in identifying whether Internet gambling operations are being used for money laundering, corruption, or other crimes;

(2) advance policies that promote the cooperation of foreign governments, through information sharing or other measures, in the enforcement of this Act; and

(3) encourage the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering, in its annual report on money laundering typologies, to study the extent to which Internet gambling operations are being used for money laundering purposes.

(b) Report Required- The Secretary of the Treasury shall submit an annual report to the Congress on any deliberations between the United States and other countries on issues relating to Internet gambling.

Passed the House of Representatives July 11, 2006.

Attest:

KAREN L. HAAS,

Clerk.

Calendar No. 519

109th CONGRESS

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Neteller weekly contest winner


I received this email from Neteller a few days ago - read it and weep!


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In common with a lot of other players I had long been cynical about these Neteller prize draws, wondering if they were just a marketing gimmick with fake winners. I'd already participated in one or two, with no luck. On this occasion I went in for the weekly $500 contest, with about eight million Netpoints redeemed for somewhere in the region of eight thousand entries.

And voilà, a result - along with confirmation that the contests are in fact genuine.


I must learn to be less cynical.



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Wish you had heeded that lesson a year ago!

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If I had, I'd have been £300 poorer.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

888.com bonus problem: funds unjustifiably confiscated


Supro Casino is one of the many clones of online gambling behemoth 888.com.

The Cassava locked my account after ungrounded accusation of bonus abuse thread at Casinomeister documents the experience of a new player at Supro Casino:


The player received the default £200 sign up bonus, of which remained just £12 after completing the wagering requirements, leaving a balance reduced from £400 to £212, and a win, from the original £200 deposit, of that £12.

Still, better a win than a loss.

However, upon attempting to withdraw the full rightfully-owed sum, Supro Casino claimed "bonus abuse" and revoked the bonus, leaving the account with the £12 remainder; they then closed and locked the account, denying the player the option of withdrawing even those few remaining funds.

To add insult to injury there was an exhorbitant credit card charge, as the casino collected the deposit in US dollars rather than card's base currency of GBP pounds sterling.

And that, it seems, was that, as far as the casino was concerned.


Parent company 888.com is one of the founder members of eCOGRA, and is, logically enough, one of their approved sites. As such, the player can make a complaint by filling out the dispute form, having first checked the policies and procedures for assistance


Additionally, 888 is located in Gibraltar and regulated by the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority. Assuming no satisfaction from eCOGRA, the player can file a complaint via the complaint resolution form - again having read the complaint resolution procedure.


It may also not be entirely out of the question to raise the issue at the 888.com forum. Of course, I have no idea whether they allow complaint posts to stand, or anything else that puts the company in a bad light.


Either way, there are several avenues open for complaint.


888.com is, for some reason, on the Casinomeister no help possible list. This is bizarre, as the organisation is very high-profile and attends all the industry events and, as such, industry "watchdog" Bryan Bailey should have every opportunity to network with them.

Still, no can do on that front.


It will be interesting to see how either or both eCOGRA and the GRA handle this issue.



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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Casino Club problem: a meeting with representatives of Casino Club at the Budapest Affiliate Conference


I met up with three affiliate representatives of Casino Club a couple of days ago at the Budapest Affiliate Conference. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Casino Club jackpot confiscation issue that came to light last year.

In brief summary: player "Mike64" hit a €167,500 jackpot playing a progressive videopoker game. The casino denied the win on the basis that the player had multi-accounts, and eventually put the matter in the hands of the Malta LGA. A year later, there is still no resolution.


• My first question was to clarify first that the casino understood that the winning funds of €167,500 did not belong to them, as they came from a progressive game whose jackpot was funded by the players, and as such belonged to either the winning player or the jackpot itself.

They did not dispute this, saying that as soon as the matter was resolved the money would find its way to where it belonged.


• My next question was to ask where the money was currently held, although this was not, again, likely to be any point of contention. They said it was with the casino. We had an initial point of confusion when they referenced "the client", by which they meant simply the casino and which I initially took to mean the player.


• The solicitor's letter mentions a "judicial procedure", and court cases have been mentioned in the discussions. What was the nature of this "procedure"? How can there be a court case?

To this, Casino Club said that legal references were purely with regard to the casino's legal department's involvement with the matter. There is no court case at this time. Nor, for that matter, could there be one. They pay legal professionals to advise them on this matter and, I daresay, many others. This is apparently what was meant by a "legal process".


• I asked about the player's deposits of €25,0000, pointing out that the player had made these deposits to receive a total of €5000 in bonuses, which, added to the jackpot win, moreorless accounted for the total player account balance of €198,500. This €25,000 belongs to the player. Why has it not been refunded to him?

This, possibly unsurprisingly, led to a bit of discussion and not a little confusion. It took us a while to get past the fact that I did not want to make an issue of the €5000 in bonus funds, as the player had not been able to complete the relevant wagering requirements and could not make any claim to the bonus - although the overriding factor on all non-payment aspects remains that the casino considers the player to be fraudulent. Were there any circumstances in which the casino would withhold not only the jackpot winnings, but also the player's large deposit?

Initially, the casino said that nothing was owed to the player because wagering requirements were incomplete. Of course, the reason that wagering requirements were not completed was because the casino hadn't allowed the player to complete them, which is a rather ridiculous scenario. However, again, putting aside any bonuses and any winnings, does the casino forsee circumstances in which they would keep the player's €25,000 deposit?

In short: yes. When (possibly, if) the current legal process, now in the hands of the Malta LGA, is completed, the issue of damages will be assessed by all parties. Assuming that the incurred damages assessment were equal to or greater than €25,000, then yes, the casino will keep the player's deposit.


• Following on from this, I asked about this perceived damage: what does it consist of? A small percentage of the online gambling public read online discussion forums. How could damages to the tune €25,000 possibly be justified?

Apparently, Casino Club is strong in the German market, and jackpots get discussed in forums and chatrooms. As such, word gets out, they assured me. I remain surprised and skeptical about this. As far as I know this is not the case for the rest of the gambling universe - why is Germany different? Anyway, this is what Casino Club gave me in response.


• The Malta LGA: when are we going to hear something? It's been the better part of a year already, and the LGA do not have any kind of a reputation for player fairness or swift, efficient decision-making, so would it be fair to suggest that the LGA may end up never making a decision, and leaving Casino Club with a €200,000 permanent loan?

Casino Club had nothing much to say here to give any hope. They said that if they go to the LGA to ask for a decision, the LGA will ask if they have any additional information to give them, and if not, to leave them to it. So essentially, the scenario of Casino Club having an effective permanent claim to this money could not be ruled out.


• Why did this player become a "fraudster" only after he won big? He was paid previously without any problems.

Casino Club made the point that smaller winnings are not subject to the same scrutiny as six-figure sums, and as such the player would have been able to bypass fraud checks that he came up against when he hit the €167,500 jackpot. In addition, relatively small cashouts up to €500 do not require the pin code address verification. As such, assuming his previous wins were sufficiently small, he could have fallen under the radar. This does not square with the casino's statement, unfortunately. The casino said:


This player, and others connected to him, managed to "win" and withdraw considerable amounts of money from Casino Club during first half of 2008



Are sums under €500 considered "considerable"? I suspect not. I remain unclear on this point. If the player was able to withdraw "considerable sums", these would have been subject to address verification and, presumably, fraud checks.


• There was much talk about the apparent fraudulent nature of "Mike64", and this led to a suggestion on the part of Casino Club which, frankly, I considered astonishing, and I told them so. They said: why does the player not admit his guilt, tell us about his additional accounts and ask us to cut a deal with him? Would this not be better than nothing, which is what he currently faces?

Ths was one statement over our entire discussion that I simply could not get my head around. Why would a player, who has been accused of fraud and not paid on that basis, then go to the casino and admit his guilt with a view to getting a deal, a kind of "honesty bonus"? Surely there is noone anyway sufficiently foolish as to do this? Additionally, what if the player happened to be innocent? Why would he admit to something he hadn't done, and thus absolutely ensure non-payment? However, Casino Club did make this point, that admission of guilt was an option open to him.

I found this suggestion improbable in the extreme.


• I told Casino Club that the player had tried, and failed, to contact either them or the lawyers. The casino disputed this. They said that the lawyers at the very least had no option but to reply, and that any statements to the contrary were false. This was a case of one side saying one thing and another saying the opposite, and without proof it's hard to make any judgements.


• By the time we were hitting the hour mark of our meeting I had still failed to address one outstanding issue, that of the rather strange prediction software claim made in the solicitor's letter, which effectively says that Casino Club considers Boss Media to be non-random. I never did in fact raise this, as it really wasn't especially pertinent to a resolution of the case and we'd been going a long time. It remains a matter of interest to me, but will have to wait for another day.


• At the very end I asked if there was anything I could do, by way of giving a positive outcome to our meeting. I offered to be copied in on emails as a way of verifying who was receiving what, but Casino Club said there were privacy issues at stake which did not admit third party involvement. What I could do, they said, would be to contact "Mike64" and encourage him to send any and all documents by way of verifying his identity.

I cannot, however, see what this would achieve at this point.


My thanks to Casino Club for agreeing to the meeting, and I extend a hope to the Malta LGA for a resolution to the case - preferably before we all die of old age - in order that the jackpot funds be reuniteed with their rightful owner.



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Online casino directory


I've put together an online casino directory of casinos listed alphabetically by software provider. There is also an alphabetical directory, with all casinos listed in alphabetical order irrespective of any other divisions. Both pages have indexes for convenient navigation.

I will ultimately put together a third page of casinos grouped by ownership or affiliate management.

Please note that nothing on these two pages should be considered a recommendation of any kind whatsoever - they are intended as purely informative. For a list of solid operations with decent return games, see my recommended casinos page.



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Monday, September 07, 2009

32Red debit card bonus for September


Along with the usual £32 monthly match bonus, 32Red has a debit card deposit bonus this month, 5% up to £/$/€1000 depending on your account currency.

There are some game exclusions, so check the terms and conditions in the link above; this is a very fair deal, and 32Red has an excellent repuation in all departments - see my 32Red Casino review.


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Thursday, September 03, 2009

Blue Square Casino


I've added Blue Square casino to my recommended page, as a replacement for PaddyPower.

No payment or bonus disqualification stunts that I'm aware of. Please keep it that way, Blue Square.

Thanks.



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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Budapest Affiliate Conference


I'll be attending the Budapest Affiliate Conference next week.

Anyone who wants to meet up, or have me ask someone something, let me know.



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