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Foxwoods Announces Online Gambling Platform, But You Can't Play With Cash
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Friday, 14 February 2014
Foxwoods Announces Online Gambling Platform, But You Can't Play With Cash
By MATTHEW STURDEVANT
February 12, 2014


Foxwoods Resort Casino is testing the concept of online gambling, announcing Wednesday a platform for smart phones and computers that allows a player to win discounts at the casino.

It doesn't actually let you wager cash online. That's not legal In Connecticut at this point.

But players can spend $4.90 to $199 to buy "virtual credits" that help the player advance in the games. Those credits can become reward points for merchandise at Foxwoods retail stores, restaurants, spas, theaters or hotel. The online platform features slot games with names like "King of Bling," "Crazy Money," and "Girls Day Out," the last one advertised with a sparsely dressed, platinum-blonde woman holding an armful of gift packages. To play, you have to sign up for a Foxwoods Rewards Card, which requires your name, address and some identifying number, such as a Social Security number or a driver's license number.

Foxwoods announced its partnership with GameAccount Network to launch the "first ever Simulated Gaming" online casino experience in the U.S. The Internet casino is called FoxPlay.

"Launching the first simulated online casino in the U.S. with our partner GameAccount Network is another way for our guests to enjoy all that Foxwoods gaming has to offer," Foxwoods CEO Scott Butera said in a statement. "We think this cutting edge technology will enhance the overall guest experience and allow them to bring the excitement of Foxwoods with them wherever they go."

FoxPlay has special formats for mobile devices, like Androids or iPhones.

"With the changing landscape of online gaming we are excited to launch FoxPlay with Foxwoods Resort Casino," GameAccount Network CEO Dermot Smurfit said in a statement. "The FoxPlay online casino will enhance online gamers experience across the world and make them feel like they are playing in a live casino."

In late 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that the federal Wire Act only applied to sports betting, and it prohibits gambling businesses from using interstate or international telecommunication wires to knowingly transmit or receive bets, according to a January 2012 report by the state Office of Legislative Research.

The Department of Justice also concluded that states could introduce some forms of intrastate — and possible interstate — online gambling, according to the OLR report. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act appears to allow intrastate online gambling in states that allow it, and Connecticut hasn't so far.

http://www.courant.com/business/hc-foxwoods-online-gambling-20140212%2C0%2C3030870.story
 
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