Websites On AGED List Raise Even More Questions

Websites On AGED List Raise Even More Questions

Posted on 06/05/09 - by Theodor Mavrodis News

The list has been released of the 200 online gambling sites that Minnesota's Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED) wants blocked from local residents and it definitely contains some surprises.

Raising Eyebrows
First of all, the list contains a number of sites that don't allow American players, including Party Casino, Intercasino, Landbrokes Casino and William Hill Casino. This certainly is odd because residents of Minnesota are getting blocked from websites that don't allow them to join even if they wanted to.

On the flip side, several popular sites that do accept U.S. players including Poker Stars, Rushmore Casino and Absolute Poker are not on the list. You'd think that if the AGED was so concerned about locals visiting these sites, that they'd include these gaming operators as well.

Questionable Decision Making
AGED Director John Willems said that the list was a "random sampling (of sites)", perfectly illustrating the lack of reasoning that we pointed to when writing about this story a few days ago.

"We question how much thought was put into the selection of these sites," said iMEGA chairman Joe Brennan Jr. "To propose censoring Minnesota residents' Web access and not to know which sites are even in the U.S. market makes me wonder just how seriously the DPS is taking this action. It comes off as a half-baked attempt at intimidation rather than thoughtful enforcement."

Again, we really hope that the Minnesota government snaps out of it and does not implement these absurd measures that seem to lack sound judgment and decision making.