American Express Begs to Differ With Rome Casino
by Devon Chappell, News Staff Writer
August 27, 2009
In the world of online gambling, there is something
to be said for the phrase, "Don't ask, don't tell". Or
perhaps it should just be "Don't tell". In other words,
if you're an online casino operator and are looking for
ways to accept U.S. players, perhaps it would be wise to
abstain from advertising just how you plan on doing so.
Sure, there are many loopholes around the UIGEA online
gambling ban, notwithstanding the fact that banking
institutions are not inclined to help police the myriad
of transaction types that may or may not be classified
as "illegal" gambling activities anyways.
However, leaking a particular loophole out to the
general public, may not only give your competition a
one-up, it might also get you into trouble, thus putting
an end to the loophole altogether. Take, for instance,
Rome Casino. Here at Online Casino Suite, we actually
posted a news story earlier this month citing that
Casino announced it would be accepting American Express
cards from U.S. players effective immediately.
You can imagine the word got out pretty fast. While
Rome Casino apparently accepts other methods for making
deposits and withdrawals from U.S. players, American
Express is a premiere credit card that otherwise is not
accepted at any online casino for that matter. In other
words, Rome Casino had, in effect, announced it was the
only online casino to accept American Express
from U.S. players.
Not only did the word travel to players, it also got
back to American Express, because shortly after Rome
Casino's announcement, Vice President of Corporate
Affairs and Communications for American Express,
Christine Elliott, announced that American Express cards
cannot be used for gambling period - offline or online.
Further citing Rome Casino as no exception to the rule,
Elliot said a legal notification had been sent to Rome
Casino, declaring the casino is not permitted to accept
American Express from players and that it should remove
the American Express logo from it's website,
Rome Casino has not officially addressed these
allegations, and nor have they removed the American
Express logo from their website. In other words, it's
business as usual as far as Rome Casino is concerned. As
for Top Game Software, which powers Rome Casino, they
too have not given any word on the matter.
The fact of the matter
is that nothing can really stop Rome Casino from
accepting American Express, especially if they know of a
loophole that allows card holder's transactions to not
be identified as gambling charges. The only thing that
could really bring Rome Casino down would be U.S.
federal authorities, who may just have their eyes on
Rome Casino, now that they have made worldwide news.
Only time will tell whether this relatively new online
casino was rash or ingenious to announce they were
accepting American Express from U.S. online gamblers.
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