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Illegal and unregulated offshore sports wagering sites do a good job of imitating their legal and regulated counterparts.
The homepage of Bovada, headquartered in the Central American country of Costa Rica, flips between action photos of Milwaukee Bucks center Giannis Antetokounmpo and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Bets while offering incentives to entice gamblers to bet on the NBA Playoffs and Major League Baseball.
Similarly, MyBookie, also located in Costa Rica, offered similar sports betting promotions for the final weeks of the NHL season featuring an action photo of Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews.
The sites, which are not overseen by any state gaming regulatory body and do not pay U.S. taxes, have confused American consumers.
The American Gaming Association made that fact clear to the Department of Justice last week.
With sports betting now legal and regulated in 30 states and Washington, D.C. — and likely launching in three more states this year — the AGA wants the Justice Department to “stamp out” the illegal market.
In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, AGA CEO Bill Miller said the expansion of legal sports betting opportunities has cut into the illegal market’s business, but not enough.Miller cited research conducted by the Washington, D.C., trade organization that showed 74 percent of sports gamblers believed it was important to only wager with legal providers. However, 52 percent continued to patronize illegal bookmakers. Most of the sports bettors – 63 percent – told researchers they were surprised to learn the sites they were using were unregulated and illegal sportsbooks.“The availability of these illegal sites is driving confusion,” Miller wrote in the letter.He said nationwide internet searches […]
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