Online Gambling Operations Suffer Because Of Severe Weather
The Gambling Industry is extremely averse to shutting down their internet operations regardless of any risks to themselves, and with the money involved there isn’t too many groups beyond government regulators that seem to mind. But there finally seems to be a force stronger than any laws so far put in place; Nature .
The hurricane season is just starting and it looks to produce more than its portion of severe weather this year. The first to come onto the scene is Tropical Storm Alex which is threatening the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast. The Caribbean is a forerunner in the online Gaming Industry and the effects of the storm have already begun to produce a ripple effect .
Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula are starting to feel the affects of the storm and are already starting to see severe weather conditions.
Gambling online is a huge geo-political sticking point in North and South American relations in the past few years. US regulators seem to be pushing toward making gambling online illegal while havens such as Costa Rica and Panama have become destination locations for online gambling businesses .
These cash-poor nations are not likely to alter their laws regarding online gambling, making enforcement in the US close to impossible.
While online operations can suffer during tropical storms and hurricanes, casinos with “brick and mortar” locations are also vulnerable to severe weather.
To prepare for Hurricane Katrina, large numbers of casinos had to shut down operations to protect their real estate . Many of those locations stayed closed in the wake of the calamity as their local infrastructure required massive clean-up operations.
Illegal gambling online is at an all-time high in the US. Knowledge that no US online gambler has ever been charged or convicted of a crime as well as the return of the hugely popular World Cup is pushing huge amounts of US consumers to online betting operations.