Peter Dicks Flushed By Louisiana Gambling by Computer Law

10 September 2006



New Orleans, La.–You can bet that Peter Dicks is flushed as he fights to stay away from extradition to a Louisiana Court.

The Louisiana anti-Internet Gambling law was designed to do exactly what it the state is doing—keep Internet gaming away from Louisiana.

Peter Dicks, Sportingbet´s British chairman, was arrested Thursday morning at New York´s JFK airport and that arrest was linked to Louisiana’s desire to prevent anyone having anything to do with Louisiana and gambling by computers. There are a few exceptions to the law.

From news reports, Mr Dicks told a US court yesterday he intended to fight extradition to Louisiana.

However, the law is very clear. In general, anyone who has anything to do with gambling with a computer better stay clear of Louisiana. That means users, owners of operations, and even provider of services to online gambling.

The law in question is 14§90.3. Gambling by computer

In pertinent part is Subsection B and E which say:

B. Gambling by computer is the intentional conducting, or directly assisting in the conducting as a business of any game, contest, lottery, or contrivance whereby a person risks the loss of anything of value in order to realize a profit when accessing the Internet, World Wide Web, or any part thereof by way of any computer, computer system, computer network, computer software, or any server.


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