IGT Prohibits More Countries From Online Poker Network

Published Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - Online-Casinos.com

Entraction the online poker network that was purchased by IGT, the American based gambling firm. IGT specializes in the design, development, manufacture, distribution and sales of gaming machines and systems products worldwide, as well as online and mobile gaming solutions for regulated markets. Entraction was known for its strict adherence to the rules and regulation regarding online poker and prohibited players from accessing their network from countries where it is not legal to do so. Last year Entraction just last year banned players from Turkey, Israel, Norway, Russia and, Canada.

The newly branded IGT poker room is following Entraction`s former direction and has added another twenty countries to its list of blocked countries including Australia, Spain, Belgium and Cyprus. This brings the total of banned countries to over fifty that operate in a grey market. Anyone located in these countries, who tries to sign up will have their account sign-ups blocked by the network. The company also utilizes IP blocking to disallow potential players from accessing the site from the prohibited countries.

International Game Technology, agreed to pay as much as $500 million to buy Seattle-based Double Down Interactive a developer of casino-style Facebook games that don’t involve any real money gambling. This was a major deal that shows a distinct parallel between social gaming and online gambling. The U.S. Justice Department recently signaled a possible reversal of its long-held position on Internet gambling raising the possibility of online wagering in some states. IGT is keeping squeaky clean as it ramps up its efforts to offer legal online gambling in the USA once it becomes legal. Other jurisdictions in which online gambling legality is questionable include countries such as Australia where the Interactive Gambling Act of 2001 has been set to be revised by the current government. IGT also banned Canadian players from accessing the Poker Network which also prohibits online gambling not run by the various provincial governments.

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