ollowing a 10-month investigation Americas Watchdog has revealed that some of the US' most prolific credit card/debit card issuers and US banks continue to fund off-shore “casino” activities, although the UIGEA makes it illegal for banking facilities to accept money transfers to and from online gambling sites, effectively making Internet gambling illegal for US citizens. This law was introduced to the country in October 2006.
As part of the investigation, Americas Watchdog used the services of four leading online casinos from November of 2006. These were a UK-based casino (call centre), a South African casino and two Antigua-based casino/sportsbooks.
All four casinos were seen to be contravening the UIGEA by accepting US custom and payments from US banks.