That's bad news for the gambling site operator World Interactive Gaming, because gambling is illegal in New York. The only exceptions are games of chance run by Indians or otherwise approved by the state legislature, as is the case with state lotteries and horse races. MORE >>
A New York State judge's decision against an offshore Internet casino could prove an important precedent for enforcing local laws against otherworldly cyberspace. The 20-page ruling, handed down last week and publicly released Monday, essentially says that New Yorkers who log in to far-flung casinos are still logged in from New York. Whether they are playing in an actual casino or turning their computer into a virtual one, the judge decided, they are gambling in New York.