U.S. Virgin Islands Gears Up for Legal Online Gambling

Published Friday, November 01, 2013 - Online-Casinos.com
U.S. Virgin Islands Gears Up for Legal Online Gambling

The Caribbean is an online gambling jurisdiction that has just a few issues. Back in 2006 when the USA effectively banned online gambling the tiny island nation of Antigua and Barbuda was economically devastated. A World Trade Organization ruling deemed the USA out of order and awarded the island compensation which still has not been paid by the USA.

Now in a surprise twist the US Virgin Islands has announced the group of islands will make online gambling available. The Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, John P. De Jongh JR, has issued a statement which explains that his administration has given the ‘green light’ for online gambling in the islands.

The Governor’s office and the Casino Control Commission made it clear the U.S Virgin Islands could now join Nevada, Delaware and soon New Jersey as a jurisdiction for US residents to participate in internet gambling. Back in 2001 the islands passed the Virgin Islands Internet Gaming and Internet Gambling Act which has been solidified as legal after much research and discussion. The new option of online gambling in the U.S Virgin Islands now presents another advance for the gambling industry there the Governor said. The attractiveness of a global internet based gambling industry is now available in the US Virgins which may indeed help the struggling economy with offshore investment.

The implementation of the Act is a starting point to bring in the technology and firms that can help create new jobs for the area. Officials are hoping to build the Virgin Islands and St. Croix as a gambling destination in the Caribbean.

Recently the Casino Control Commission asked the Attorney General Vincent Frazer to review the Internet Gaming and Internet Gambling Act and give his legal opinion. The Attorney General did state that the Act is legal. According to the Attorney General, the jurisdiction must use systems and programs that will allow only adults of legal age to be able to play for real money.

Where this leaves Antigua is anyone guess.

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