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France and Canada may follow US lead in internet gambling bans

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As US poker players look for loopholes in the UIGEA legislation and contemplate a drive north to escape the restriction of their pastime, the outlook for Canadian poker players may be no better. Lou Krieger reports on his website that the Canadian province of Ontario is considering a ban on advertising for internet gambling sites.

Currently, online poker in Canada has not been regulated at the provincial level, and the new law would empower officials in Ontario to more strongly prosecute violators of the law. This law would block advertising of poker sites, moving at least one Canadian province closer to the US approach to internet gaming - prohibition.

France is following closely behind the US and Canada in their efforts to legislate against internet gambling, as their version of the UIGEA is coming to a vote soon. The French proposal, similar to the UIGEA, would put the onus of restriction on financial institutions to block transactions to gaming sites. A second, separate proposal would require French-facing internet sites to post warnings about any content that the French government finds objectionable.

These international efforts to restrict internet gambling follow the US passage of the UIGEA, as Antigua, Barbuda and the gambling world await the decision of the World Trade Organization regarding the appropriateness of this type of restriction in the face of WTO agreements.

But while the world debates the dilemmas and concerns of internet gaming, how to control or whether to control it or set up a board to have some control over it, internet poker rocks on. PokerWorks brings you great deals on great sites that are open to US players and the world, just pick one and join the action.

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