Online casinos may be blocked by Minnesota's ISPs
Citing the 1961 federal anti-gambling law, the
state of Minnesota has taken steps to block its residents from accessing
online casino websites, it was announced by the state's gambling and
alcohol regulator. Minnesota said it has already taken the necessary
steps to block the residents from accessing online casinos and other
gambling websites, by sending a list of over 200 casino and
gambling-related sites to 11 local and national internet service
providers (ISPs). The state is also warning its residents that they may
not be able to access money in those websites, should the ISPs decide to
comply with the Minnesota's request. "We are putting site operators
and Minnesota online gamblers on notice and in advance. Disruption of
these sites' cash flow will negatively impact their business models.
State residents with online escrow accounts should be aware that access
to their accounts may be jeopardized and their funds in peril,"
John Willems, director of the department's Alcohol and Gambling
Enforcement Division (AGED), said in a statement to the media.