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    Sunday, October 22nd, 2006 by Mike

Full Tilt Poker, one of the pioneer operators in the online gambling industry has issued a statement on the US Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act confirming that its doors are to remain open to US players.
 
The established and highly successful group says it will remain open for business and will accept all bets and process all payments from American citizens.  “All services at FullTilt.com will seamlessly continue, offering poker games. We consider online gambling to be legal in most U.S. states and sanctioned by the World Trade Organization,” the statement announces.
 
Intertops is licensed and regulated in both Canada and Antigua and complies with every law within the jurisdictions in which it operate, the statement continues. “We are dedicated to offering our worldwide customers an efficient and enjoyable service via our online sportsbook, casino, poker room and games. As a privately owned and independent company we have arranged to fully accept and disperse payments for US-based gamblers.”
 
After offering arguably the world’s first online betting platform in 1996 and an online casino in 1997 Intertops.com started its poker room and games in 2003. The management anticipates an influx of US players denied entry by other operators in response to the new American legislation, and the management has made arrangements to accommodate a considerable volume of new customers.
 
A company spokesperson added: “Intertops has been in business for 23 years, 10 of them online. Our reputation as a responsible and trustworthy gambling site stands alone.”
 
Elsewhere, the fast growing and massively financed Mansion gambling group announced that it would continue to welcome US players, but with a somewhat different take on the situation.
 
US players will be blocked from the sportsbook, but will instead be directed to alternative betting exchange facilities at a site called the Mansion Exchange.  The Indonesian-owned group argues that because exchanges (think Betfair) do not feature a bookmaker but rather P2P, or individuals trading against one another these arrangements comply with the new US law.

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