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THE IMMINENT BOOM OF ONLINE GAMBLING RAISES A HOST OF DICEY MORAL AND JURISDICTIONAL ISSUES

Three months ago, a Missouri man going by the name Matthew Cunningham wagered $100 in a slot-machine tournament held on a Website called Global Casino. He lost. That, for Global Casino, was the good news. The bad news was that "Cunningham" was employed by the office of Missouri attorney general Jeremiah ("Jay") Nixon as part of a sting operation. Last Friday, in the first case ever against an active Internet gambling concern, a federal-circuit-court judge granted Nixon's request for a permanent injunction barring Global Casino's parent company, Interactive Gaming & Communications (I.G.C.) of Blue Bell, Pa., from taking any more bets...

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