|The revelation that an online casino has been ordered to appear in front of a grand jury in the Eastern District of Missouri has sparked speculation that a wider reaching crackdown on gaming sites and their operations maybe imminent in the US. The company, whose identity is unknown, was told to present all commercial and financial records from, 1997 to the present, that relate to the advertising of online casinos and sportsbooks.|
Federal law currently prohibits online gambling to the extent that any organisation accepting money to display advertisements can be viewed as aiding and abetting an illegal activity. Assistant Attorney General John G. Malcolm is unequivocal: “The sheer volume of advertisements for offshore sports books and online casinos is troubling,” he continues, “because it misleads the public in the United States that such gambling is legal, when in fact, it is not.”
The authorities have certainly got a job on their hands if they’re determined to police such ubiquitous advertising, but it seems that they’ve decided to throw down the gauntlet.