Sealand Online Casino Prepares for Grand Opening
In a move which is sure to raise the eyebrows and possibly heckles of the United States Justice Department, a fictitious micro-nation is preparing itself to enter the online casino world and capture its slice of the neglected US online gambling market.
In a story which is as laughable as it is serious, the non-existent country simply known as "Sealand", based on a formerly abandoned military platform in the North Sea, is amazingly set to launch an online casino from its controversially protected International waters. It what can only be described as a crusade against the US online gambling industry legislation, it remains unclear how Sealand plans to capture its audience and provide appropriate International banking facilities for its patrons.
Major Paddy Roy Bates occupied the once abandoned sea fort in International waters, back in 1967. Overcoming a British court case and a couple of minor international confrontations, the unrecognized micro-nation has repeatedly tested the boundaries of international sovereignty, by printing stamps and even coining its own currency. In lieu of absence of any other competition, Bates subsequently crowned himself prince of the unwanted waterfront property.
This is not the first time Sealand has provided an escape from online regulators. A few months ago Sealand was in the news as a potential home for MP3 fugitive Pirate Bay, after Sweden moved to oust them from their lands. That fell through, but Sealand returned to the news in May when rumors circulated that British hacker Gary McKinnon, wanted by American authorities for hacking into DOD and NASA servers, had been granted asylum there. These rumors were later proved unfounded.
Amazingly Major Bates is currently prepared to accept offers for outright purchase of the controversial micro-nation, with the highest bidder to receive outright ownership of the once desolate, now famous platform. If you are interested, don't expect to pick up such a blossoming nation cheaply! A Progressive Jackpot win or three on the Online Slots might be enough to cover the deposit!
The Sealand online casino venture is set for its grand opening on 2nd September, which marks the 40th anniversary of Major Bates' occupancy of the military platform.
What can we expect from Sealand Casino? No one knows for sure, other than expect the unexpected. A generous welcome bonus is likely as it's been quite some time since Sealand last welcomed any visitors!
A bizarre story that has attracted worldwide exposure in the online gambling industry, Sealand Casino will certainly provide a talking point over the coming weeks.
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