MGM Mirage plans to start an Internet casino next month, becoming the first United States casino to confront the challenges involved in offering blackjack, roulette and craps to gamblers on home computers.
The casino, whose computer operations will be based on the Isle of Man, a tiny island in the Irish Sea, will initially have a policy of refusing bets from residents of the United States, where it is illegal to offer gambling online.
The company will use new software and require proof of foreign residence in an effort to restrict betting to people over the age of 18 who are in a handful of European countries — no small task, given the challenge of knowing who and where someone is on the Internet.
MGM’s credibility and its license to operate are very much on the line. Regulators in some states — particularly in Nevada, where MGM …... Read More