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Internet gambling sites that are still accepting US players have had to deal with tougher payment processing in the past year. When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act went into effect, financial institutions were forced to start blocking transactions.
In the coming months, the online gambling sites may have another problem on their hands. Operation Payback has been wreaking havoc on Internet transactions over the past couple of days, and the WikiLeaks fallout is only expected to get worse, not better in the foreseeable future.
“Already around the world, online sports books have reported difficulties related to Operation Payback,” said Gaming Analyst Steve Schwartz. “According to reports, sports bettors have either been unable to deposit funds, or the sports books have had trouble paying winners. The industry is a little concerned how much business they will lose if this continues.”
Online merchants have complained yesterday and today about not being able to process payments from Visa, MasterCard, and even PayPal. All three of these options are popular among online gamblers across the world.
Authorities are working hard on tracking the hackers that are a part of Operation Payback. Already, there has been an arrest made of a person who is accused of being a volunteer. It is likely that more arrests will be coming in the coming days as authorities try to stop the threat.
Online sports books will have a busy day with the English Premiere League having matches on Saturday. In the US, there are no major sporting events until Sunday, when the NFL plays a full slate of games. The NBA and NHL, favorites of online gamblers, both have games throughout the day Saturday, as does college basketball.