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Hurricane Earl Spares Online Gambling Friendly Island, Antigua & Barbuda

1 September 2010 by Devon Chappell
The wrath of Hurricane Earl in Antigua

The wrath of Hurricane Earl in Antigua

Following the passing of Hurricane Earl, the online gambling friendly island of Antigua & Barbuda is giving a collective sigh of relief and posting bets that Earl will make a direct slam into the US Department of Justice.

Now, if you’ve followed the “plight” of Antigua’s online gambling adventures, you will know that Antigua and the USDOJ don’t quite see to eye to eye. In fact, Antigua has unsucessfully tried taking Uncle Sam to international court to recoup losses incurred after the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, aka, US online gambling ban.

Needless to say, that didn’t work and basically ended up with the USDOJ telling the European Court of Justice that America does not have to honor a cross border trading treaty, and in fact, can actually go in and change the wording of the treaty itself.

Before I get sidetracked into another realm altogether, let’s just say that online casinos are still being regulated in Antigua – although nothing like it once was. Soooo, with Earl charting it’s course directly through Antigua last week, you can imagine there were steps being taken to ensure Antigua’s power and ISP grid would withstand the mighty forces of Mother Nature.

All said and done, Earl ended up sparing Antigua & Barbuda, reportedly causing some flooding, taking out a few roofs and forcing some 300+ people to hold up in a shelter. Apparently, said shelter was an internet cafe, where all those in attendance gambled the night away at a popular Antigua-based online casino.

Almost had you there for a sec, didn’t I? In the meantime, the US eastern seaboard from North Carolina northward is watching Earl intently as the roguish storm decides a chartered course for itself. Maybe it will take out Atlantic City once and for all, eh?

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