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    Default List of banned Minnesota sites released

    The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has released its list of 200 Internet gaming sites it wants banned, and the list has raised a number of questions.

    Some of the sites do not accept U.S. players in the first place, like PartyCasino. Some of the sites do not exist anymore, like PokerRoom.

    There are also some major sites that are not on the list.

    From Poker News Daily:
    Notably absent are PokerStars, Ultimate Bet, Absolute Poker, Lock Poker, Carbon Poker, Doyle’s Room, and Cake Poker. No informational or forum sites appear to be targeted at the moment. The list spans genres such as online poker, online casinos, and online sports books.

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    The Minnesota DPS sent us the full list this afternoon. We've uploaded it for your viewing pleasure. It can be seen here.

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    Another example of folks in government with absolutely no clue to what they're talking about.

    I'd say half the list is casinos that refuse to accept US players. I mean Ladbrokes? They never took US players, Hell they owned horse track in Detroit 10 years ago, i think they understand US law pretty well. maybe minnesota ought to learn about the industry before lynching these "criminals"

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    Here's our story on the list:

    List of banned Minnesota sites released

    1 May 2009
    By Vin Narayanan

    Minnesota's Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division released Friday the list of 200 online gambling sites it wants blocked from Minnesota residents, and it contains quite a few surprises.

    On the list are several sites that don't allow American players, including PartyCasino, Everest Poker, Ladbrokes Casino, Intercasino, Virgin Games and William Hill Casino.
    Not on the list are several popular sites that do accept American players, including PokerStars, DoylesRoom, Rushmore Casino, UltimateBet and Absolute Poker.

    Full Tilt and Bodog are among the major sites on the list that do accept players from the U.S.

    AGED Director John Willems defended the Minnesota list when asked about it by the GPWA.

    "The list is a random sampling (of sites)," Willems said. "It's a snapshot of a window of time on the Internet."

    When informed that the list contained many sites that don't accept American players, Willems responded by saying the action won't hurt those sites then.

    "We're using this process to control what's available of an illegal activity," Willems added. "It's about the availability or potential for unlawful activity."

    The Interactive Media and Entertainment & Gaming Association (iMEGA) disagrees with Willems' assessment.

    "We question how much thought was put into the selection of these sites," said Joe Brennan Jr., iMEGA chairman, in a statement. "To propose censoring Minnesota residents' Web access and not to know which sites are even in the U.S. market makes me wonder just how seriously the DPS is taking this action. It comes off as a half-baked attempt at intimidation rather than thoughtful enforcement."

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    I would be willing to bet that they did not compile this list themselves - instead stealing it from someone else's site and then adding the IP numbers and telephone numbers...

    I see a number of unknown casinos, as well as long-gone casinos, as well as casinos that don't and never have served the US market. This makes it increasingly clear that they took some affiliate site's list.

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    I'd tend to agree with Spearmaster, it looks like a list they came across somewhere. I'd say they didn't even bother to check out the sites on the list.

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