What Qualifies The Kahnawake Gaming Commission To Act As “International Gaming Cops?”

Apparently, the Kahnawake Gaming Commission doesn’t need business if it comes from the United States. After “careful consideration” the KGC has decided that anyone who plans to use their online gaming license to target US players in certain states will not be accepted as applicants, and current license holders will have their permits terminated if they continue to do so. If the US state where potential gamblers live and play does not authorize this activity, neither does the KGC.

Cyber space is no longer the land of the free, and possibly the average person hasn’t a hope of understanding just what gives the KGC the right to regulate “international” gaming of any kind. Yes, on their own tribal land they have every right to do as they please, but the internet is supposed to belong to anyone with a connection. Giving the Canadian based KGC the right to control things in other countries just does not make sense. What gives them the right to act as international “gaming cops” and regulate things for the rest of the betting world?

Illegal gaming sites are a big problem for those that try to play by the rules, but “over regulating” this issue could only make it that much easier for black-market sites to thrive. Granted, it’s a fine line to walk, but appearances do count and it certainly looks as if there are a few people poised to corner the market on cyber gambling. When one considers that the data center authorized to accept or deny online bets is located on tribal land, everything else involved with this issue almost has to be questioned.

Jurisdictional issues and software rights aside, when too few people are involved at the top, there is always the risk that greed and mismanagement will be ruining things for those at the bottom, the player. Gamblers anonymous has to love this situation. Of course action must be taken to curb illegal gambling, but the whole matter shouldn’t be left in hands of just a few. Some might even go so far as to call this a cyber war, and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission is winning.

Established June 10, 1996 pursuant to their own “Kahnawake Gaming Laws,” the KGC has been busy licensing and regulating online gambling since then. It is interesting to note that the Kahnawake commission’s own “Regulations concerning Interactive Gaming” allows them to act as a guide for “harmonization with comparable jurisdictions.” Writing one’s own rules must certainly be convenient, but it seems as if that would eventually weaken their mission and doom it to failure.

Written by: Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson has been reporting for Blog.ca for more than 8 years. He studied journalism at UGC and has published two books on how journalism influences the world.


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