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Antigua Still in the Fight

Antigua may be tiny but it's not backing down on the war against the United States Government's refusal to abide by the WTO Rulings.

Gaming and tourism are the mainstay of Antigua's economy and with the passage of the UIGEA, the United States reinforced what it started - cutting off a big leg of income.

This information was published on pokerdewaonline in 2006.

"In 2004, the WTO ruled in favor of the tiny nation of Antigua, which cites online gaming as its second-largest employer (after tourism), against the US policies of banning internet sports betting from offshore companies. The ruling stated that allowing internet betting on horse racing by US-based firms while banning internet betting from non-US firms was a violation of WTO policies. A 2005 ruling stated that the US could, if it chose, ban all internet gambling within its borders, but that current US policy was inconsistent because only certain types of gambling was declared illegal."

In 2011, pokerdewaonline published this report after the United States DoJ revealed the contents of indictments against the three biggest online poker sites - PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker.

The WTO ruled in 2005 that the U.S. violated international agreements. Get this, the U.S. argued that it was necessary to protect public morality. Citizens must feel so much safer with all that government protection.

The U.S. still has not complied with the WTO ruling and Antigua is back, after retaining elite PR firm LEVICK "to force the US government to abide by the WTO rulings on remote gambling that were universally in the island nation’s favour."
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