Voters in Bahamas reject legalization of 'web shops'

Feb 4, 2013 6:36 PM

Voters in the Bahamas have rejected a referendum to legalize so-called underground gambling operations known as “web shops.”

Although some officials called for all such “web shops” to cease operations immediately, a judge has ruled they may remain open pending the outcome of a legal battle.

For years, the illegal gambling houses have been operating, say officials, but their existence was never challenged. The new Lotteries and Gaming Act will now shut them down, say officials.

Lawyers have indicated they will challenge the constitutionality of the new law.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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