16 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.J. 667 (1995-1996)
Blackjack or Bust: Can U.S. Law Stop Internet Gambling

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BLACKJACK OR BUST: CAN U.S. LAW STOP
INTERNET GAMBLING?
I. INTRODUCTION
Take a stroll down Money Lane. Three dimensional pictures with
vivid colors illuminate your first stop on the Internet:' Casino Antigua.
Next door is Casino Belize. Enter and meander through the virtual poker
tables surrounded by virtual people and dealers. Virtual slot machines
clang with awards, sounds blasting from the speakers attached to your
personal computer. Across the way is the virtual lounge. Have a seat,
have a virtual drink. Chat with the stars or have a live cyber-affair with a
user from any part of the world. The technology is here and the program
will soon follow.2
By September 1995, several Internet casinos opened their doors to
accept wagers offshore.3 By stationing offshore, these Internet casinos
1. The Internet is a huge web of about 30,000 interconnected computer networks, stretching
across the globe. Established during the 1960s, it began as a military network, designed as a fail-
safe system that could be fully activated in the event of war or public emergency. Phaedra Hise,
Net Profit, INC., Oct. 1994, at 80. Later, the National Science Foundation set up the NSFnet,
which ran lines to major universities and supercomputer centers, forming the backbone of the
Internet. Id. As other governmental agencies and large corporate research departments plugged
in, the interconnected network became known as the Internet. Id.
2. Joshua Quittner, Betting on Virtual Vegas; To Get Around U.S. Gambling Laws, the First
Online Casinos are Setting up Their Card Tables Offshore, TIME, June 12, 1995, at 63. Virtual
Vegas is perhaps the most active Internet casino. The casino entertainment center includes a
Turbo Blackjack equipped with sassy dealers and artificial intelligence that the casino claims
adapts to  your game    playing  style  as well as your savvy    interactions.  See
http://www.virtualvegas.com/ (available as of Mar. 23, 1996). Not only does the entertainment
center include games of chance, but also adds to the excitement by hosting a Ms. Metaverse
beauty pageant, Amphitheater, a Lizard Lounge for personal chats with other users, and
Megamall. Id.
3. See generally http://www.intersphere.com/bet/parlay.html (available as of Mar. 23, 1996);
http://www.casino.org (available as of Mar. 23, 1996).

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