|A Las Vegas champion of casinos is joining the fight against Internet gambling sites.|
The land-based casinos face competition from more than 2,000 offshore gambling sites that accept bets from individuals in the United States. The sites believe they are circumvent U.S. law by locating themselves offshore and out of our jurisdictional reach.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has asked the state attorney general's office to consider prosecuting offshore Internet casinos that place ads targeting bettors in Nevada.
Studies have predicted that Internet gambling in Australia, the Caribbean and other offshore markets will reach more than $4 billion in the next year, and Nevada wants to stop that flow of funds going elsewhere.
Some casinos have taken a different approach. MGM MIRAGE recently launched its own online version of its land-based casino at www.playmgmmirage.com.