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    Default Betcha.com update -- you won't believe it

    Nick Jenkins, who owns Betcha.com, and two of his employees, have been arrested and charged with breaking Internet gambling laws in the state of Louisiana.

    Not sure if you all recall, but Betcha was the Seattle-based betting exchange that allowed users to welch on bets, therefore, they argued, it wasn't really gambling.

    When the Washington State Gambling Commission met with Jenkins and told him that the site was breaking Washington state law, shutting it down, they mentioned that other states were interested in the goings on at Betcha.

    Just one hour later, the site got its first customer from Louisiana.
    Now Louisianna is one of the states that has tough laws on the books re: Internet gambling. The bettor made a total of four wagers for $35, and the site raked in $.70 in revenue from those bets.

    The three bailed themselves out of jail, but apparently Louisiana, didn't want that to happen.

    From Jenkins' blog on Betcha.com ...

    Turns out, Louisiana wanted us held without bail. Apparently they thought we were a flight risk, even though we all live here, and even though two of the three of us turned ourselves in. Fortunately the judge wasn't buying it: he let us go subject to our own personal recognizance.
    The whole story is pretty unbelievable. You can read all of Jenkins latest blog postings here ...

    http://www.betcha.com/Blogs

    Judging by the tone of Jenkins' posts, he looks like a guy who might finally challenge the most ridiculous state laws (namely Washington's) that are choking the Internet gambling industry.

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    WOW!!! thats pretty crazy... at that rate he might make $10 before the year's end...
    But seriously, Lets hope he does challenge it and wins!
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    he's tilting at some pretty big windmills ...


    Trouble is that I think he is expecting these bodies to employ commonsense - and I don't think they care about commonsense.

    He's going to be made an example of - to allow positive spin to be put on "squashing illegal gambling rings" by self serving politicos and law enforcement bodies.

    Mainstream media won't investigate or report anything except the pre-scripted sound bites feed to them by the authorities.

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    I-Gaming News's Emily Swoboda wrote an excellent story about the new social network betting sites popping up everywhere ... BluBet, etc.

    Mentions that Nick Jenkins extradition hearing for Louisianna is scheduled for today.

    http://www.rivercitygroup.com/newsle...on.cfm#art7855

    Read it because it's informative, it's one of IGN's free articles, but most importantly, read it because "Emily was concocted entirely out of soy and recycled parts from former IGN writers."

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    Default Washington State seeking dismissal of summary judgement appeal

    Looks like Nick Jenkins has got the Washington State Gambling Commission's attention.

    Jenkins filed suit for a summary judgement against the WSGC, seeking to determine whether his honor-based betting exchange was legal under Washington law. The WSGC is seeking to dismiss the suit, saying there isn't enough time for "discovery."

    "I did my homework," Jenkins told Interactive Gaming News. "It is increasingly looking like the [WSGC] didn't do theirs."

    WSGC Seeks to Strike Betcha.com's Motion for Summary Judgment

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    Nick Jenkins is still fighting the good fight. His extradition hearing was just postponed for a week ...

    http://www.bellinghamherald.com/nort...ry/197674.html

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