CARICOM Pledges Support for U.S. Online Gaming Regulation

Echoing Antigua and Barbuda’s endorsement and backing of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement Act, the Conference of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has made a formal pledge of support for Congressman Barney Frank’s efforts to regulate online gambling in the U.S. Amidst the growing international resentment against the U.S. bullying tactics to blockade online sports betting, poker rooms and casinos, CARICOM’s support of the Internet Gambling Regulation and Enforcement is just another testament to the sound provisions in this piece of badly needed legislation.

The fifteen Caribbean countries who make up CARICOM openly expressed their gratitude to members of Congress for supporting their battle against U.S. online gambling carve-outs during a recent meeting in Barbados. Talks held during the meeting were published in a press release, which included further discussion on the World Trade Organization ruling in favor of Antigua and Barbuda, and how to pursue their claim for compensation. Since the U.S. refuses to comply with its prior commitment under WTO regulations, Antigua and many others are now demanding their rightful claim from the U.S.

Adding even more fuel to the fire is the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative being spearheaded by Jeffrey Sandman. Speaking out about the endorsement by CARICOM, Sandman said it is another signal from the international community that the U.S. needs to readdress its stance on the regulation of online casinos and internet betting sites. Sandman emphasized that the IGREA does not seek to overturn the UIGEA. It simply sets out provisions in which State governments can use to regulate online gambling if they so choose. The IGREA also puts into place strict anti-fraud and problem gambling prevention measures, which are now being successfully used in the UK.