Roulette puts new spin on online gambling
By Paul
Kenilworth Systems Corp and Archon Corporation are hoping that a pilot live broadcast of roulette from Nevada will be enough to convince legislators that live betting on casino games is a winner.

The two companies yesterday announced that they have entered into a contract to test a live simulcast roulette game from Archon’s Pioneer casino in Laughlin, Nevada. The test, the first of its kind, is intended to convince the Nevada Gaming Control Board and other gaming regulators of the viability of their “Play Along with Nevada Live” concept.

The Nevada Gaming Authorities must approve both the contract between Kenilworth and Archon and the simulcast test proposal before the test can go ahead.

According to a press release issued by the companies, the proposed test will be for thirty days, and live gameplay will only be simulcast within the state of Nevada, with wagering limited for now to the actual roulette table. The companies hope that eventually players around the world will be able to wager via several different channels including interactive TV services like AOLTV and Microsoft’s MSNTV, although this would of course be subject to regulatory requirements in the jurisdictions in which the broadcasts are received.

The test will be conducted entirely without using any wire communication facility – a tacit acknowledgement, surely, of the current legal minefield in the US surrounding the 1961 wire act, which is currently being used to outlaw interstate online gambling.

Kenilworth plans to franchise the broadcasts, and will pay lotteries or other local government gaming entities a commission to manage the wagers for their constituents, much as OTB players place wgers with prepaid telephone accounts within their state. If the test is successful, Kenilworth proposes to invite Las Vegas casinos to participate in the simulcasts in daily and weekly rotations.

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