|In America, the entrepreneur who developed and operated a short-lived online gambling site has been told he mist wait another week to discover if he is to be extradited to another state to face charges of violating local and Federal laws.|
Nick Jenkins, a 38-year-old Seattle entrepreneur and owner of now closed Betcha.com, has been informed by the Governor of Washington, Christine Gregoire, that she has postponed her decision on an extradition request brought by authorities in the southern state of Louisiana.
Betcha.com was designed by Jenkins and business partners Josie Imlay and Peter Abrahamsen to provide a forum for bettors to wager against one another on almost any topic, such as which actor would win an Academy Award, with individual gamblers receiving customer ratings based on payouts. Jenkins is also an attorney and believed that, because bets were not guaranteed or backed by the site, Betcha.com was legal.
He said that the site did not accept the bet, the gamblers did, but investigators from the Washington State Gambling Commission disagreed and asked him to cease operations under a new State law in July. When Jenkins declined, police raided his offices and seized laptops and computer monitors. He has since sued the State and is awaiting a hearing next month.
Prosecutors in Louisiana are claiming that Betcha.com also violated its laws against Internet-based gambling and want him to answer their charges in person but Jenkins has petitioned the Governor to hold off granting extradition until his case is heard in Washington.