Online Bingo in the Bahamas

The Bahamas are aOnline Bingo in the Bahamas popular winter destination for those tired of cold winter weather. The Bahamas attract tourists from all over the world and a large percentage is from the United Kingdom and the United States and Canada. The island nation offers legal gambling and in some cases tourists can play games like online bingo, poker, blackjack, keno and other casino games. Online gaming is somewhat restricted in the Bahamas. Under a proposed gaming bill only tourists from countries where internet gambling is legal will be able to access online gaming sites in the Bahamas.

Last week the Nassau Guardian revealed that the government has drafted a proposed piece of legislation that would allow casinos to offer tourists online and mobile gaming. Minister of State for Legal Affairs Damian Gomez said the law has been under consideration since June 2012 and is not as ‘liberal’ as many people think. Gomez stated “The new bill will permit online gaming in a restricted fashion. The persons who will be allowed to participate must be on property and secondly must come from a jurisdiction which permits them in their home jurisdiction to participate in online gaming. What that means is that most U.S. citizens will not be able to participate in the online gaming. Only those countries that allow it, their nationals will be able to participate.”

Gomez said that local law enforcement and gaming authorities will be equipped to make sure that the rules are not violated. Gomez told reporters “It is adequately policed in Nevada, it is policed in Albany and we will essentially be looking at those jurisdictions for strategies and properly regulating it. It will require IT specialists, and the Gaming Board will be staffed appropriately and equipped with the appropriate equipment to do their job. The point is it’s not intended to be a free-for-all and the legislation is fairly restrictive as to who can participate in it.”

One prominent hotel is set to offer its guests online gaming before Parliament passes the law under a special exemption. A Large Las Vegas gaming company has entered into an agreement with the hotel to provide the gaming services. The law has angered web shop operators who say the new law is discriminatory. The point is it’s not intended to be a free-for-all and the legislation is fairly restrictive as to who can participate in it.” Since a large percentage of tourists come from the UK there will probably be a huge demand for online bingo. Currently there are between 250 and 300 online bingo sites competing for players.

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