Microgaming announces that the licence for the operation of the group of casinos owned by Tropika, and notably Fairplay Casino, has been terminated with immediate effect. This termination does not affect Golden Riveira casino. Microgaming is aware that for some time there have been player allegations that pay outs to players have not been made by Tropika casinos.
In the interests of fairness, arrangements have been made for players that have still not had their claims paid by Tropika, or the relevant Tropika casino, by the 5th of July 2001, to put their claims to PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. (Johannesburg) (PwC). PwC will receive player’s complaints with a view to verifying the correctness thereof, and advising of any amounts that should be paid.
This process is entirely under the control of PwC, and Microgaming will not be involved in any way. The funds to be used for such payouts have been placed by Microgaming in a trust and are not under the control or ownership of Microgaming. PwC will advise the trustees of any amounts that should be paid.
All players who believe that they have a valid claim should approach PwC from the 6th of July 2001 at the e-mail address given below. Players should note that a time limit has been placed on the lodgement of such claims, and all claims should be lodged by the 6th of August 2001.
Claims must be addressed to: email@example.com. These claims should clearly state the claimant’s full name and login-id as registered at the casinos involved.
Internet Gambling Featured on “The National”
The National, a Canadian newscast on the CBC, focused on Internet gambling last night. The theme of the program: “Playing games online is serious business, and in Canada, it’s also illegal.”
Reporter Sasa Petricic interviewed Doug Lewis, a former Canadian Justice Minister who now runs online casinos. Lewis said his sites are legal because they are based in Antigua and filter out Canadians. Petricic countered that he registered and placed a wager at one of Lewis’s sites using a Canadian address.
“In Canada there’s nothing gray about it. It’s illegal,” said Larry Moody, head of the Ontario Provincial Police’s Illegal Games Unit. According to the broadcast, Canada’s criminal code only allows one group to run a gambling business using computers: provincial governments. And so far none have jumped at the opportunity.
The segment briefly mentioned Canadian Judi Online software manufacturer CryptoLogic, and Kahnawake, a Mohawk reservation near Montreal that issues licenses to Internet casinos and hosts the casinos on their servers.
The 3-minute piece concluded with a 19-year-old Montreal woman who said she lost $20,000 at a land-based casino in Montreal and “dreads the day it all comes to her on the Internet.”
Editor’s Note – We received an e-mail from Perry Harris of International EGaming Developers Ltd. less than two hours after this story was posted.
He had this to say: “This is a copy of the account set up by Sasa Petracic of CBC. This account clearly indicates a “United States” address was used and not a Canadian address. He was found to be from a blocked country and his account immediately shut down by surveillance as you can see at the bottom of this page.”